March 2020 – COVID-19: Patient notice
Help if you are self-isolating
If you are self-isolating and you do not have friends or family who live locally who can help, you can get help from Voluntary Action Leeds.
If you need help phone 0113 378 1877.
NHS Guidance for Coronavirus
The NHS in Leeds and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The latest information on symptoms of Coronavirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus;
- in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Dr Richard Hall
After 28 years at Crossley Street Surgery, Dr Richard Hall is retiring from the Practice on 6th April 2020.
Dr Hall has been our Senior Partner and has led the Practice since 2012, always ensuring that patient care is at the forefront of all decisions, changes and adaptations we make.
We know he will be greatly missed by both patients and colleagues.
If Dr Hall is your registered GP you will be contacted in due course regarding the name of your new registered GP. In any event you can make an appointment to see any of the GP team to continue your care.
We appreciate that patients may wish to see Dr Hall to express their gratitude for his years of service in Wetherby, but would ask that you do not use a medical appointment for this purpose.
Dr Ellis Rickwood will now become our Senior Partner and further details will follow in due course regarding our new GP structure.
Following the retirement of Dr Hall, the practice will have limited resources to provide joint injections for patients.
The appointments are considered routine appointments and there may be a wait of several weeks before being able to see a suitably qualified GP
The Practice is working to increase our capacity for this service as soon as possible.