COVID-19 & Practice updates
Useful links during COVID-19
Wearing face masks
Darwen Healthlink is therefore promoting the use of face mask if at all possible when you attend the practice. Further guidance on this can be found using the links below.
Guide on making your own face mask
You will have seen that on 31 May 2020, the Government has updated its guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 and have been advised to shield. The update from Government comes into effect from 1 June 2020. In summary the changes are:
- The advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable is that they should continue to shield until at least the 30 June but from 1 June, they can spend a short period of time outdoors each day with members of their household, still maintaining 2 metre distance from others.
- If the shielded person lives alone, the Government is advising they can meet one other person from a different household, maintaining strict social distancing. The advice is that this be the same person each time.
- Important aspects of Government’s policy and guidance remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should still not go shopping or to pharmacies.
- The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged.
PRACTICE UPDATES REGARDING COVID-19
From the 10/06/2020 the prescribing desk will now be open each day:
09:00-10:00am - 1 hour
17:00-18:00pm - 1 hour
This is to limit the amount of patients attending the surgery at any one time and therefore reduce the risk of potential covid-19 infection rates
The phone lines will remain the same open from 10:00am-12pm and 14:00pm -16:00pm for queries.
The Reception Desk
Telephone lines and reception desk
Please only attend for an appointment if you have received a telephone call and been invited in by the GP Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant.
GP Practice One way system for social distancing
There is now a one way sysetm in operation at the surgery and social distancing measures are in place.
Patients will also notice protective screens are in place at the reception and prescriptions desks, these are purely to protect staff and patients to minimise infection risk.
Patients must follow the new system to abide by goverment social disctancing measures