From Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice, Budshead Medical Practice will be on restricted access and until further notice all doctor appointments will be done by telephone triage and the doctor will invite you to the surgery if necessary. Please do not attend the surgery unless you have been asked to attend.
The front door is currently locked, for those who have a pre-arranged appointment with a doctor or nurse, please press the doorbell for entry.
If you or someone in your household has a high temperature, a new continuous cough, loss or a change to sense of smell or taste please self-isolate for 14 days. If you are very unwell, please use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. NHS 111 will tell you what to do and help you get a test if you need one. Please call 111 if you cannot get help online. Do not attend a GP practice, hospital or pharmacy.
Prescription requests can be posted through the letterbox. There is no need to press the doorbell. We encourage patients to nominate a pharmacy in order for your prescription to be sent electronically.
Please visit the government website for information on current testing available.
Advice on Patients Wearing Face Coverings in Practices
The government have advised that the public consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces such as shops, trains and buses etc to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
We ask that patients please apply a face covering before entering the surgery, when possible.
Wearing a face covering is an added precaution that may have some benefit in reducing the likelihood that a person with the infection passes it on. Evidence shows a face covering can help in reducing the spread of droplets; it stops them from leaving the mouth and nose area and reduces the size of area in which they spread.
A medical grade clinical mask is not necessary. These need to be prioritised to clinical staff working in high risk areas. Instead, for patients who are visiting healthcare sites, a face covering is sufficient and there is guidance for people to make these at home with items they may already own.
Contaminated droplets can also be picked up from surfaces by touch and subsequently from touching the face. It is important people refrain from touching their face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing. Regular hand washing remains an important action.
Face Mask Exemption
If you would feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering (for age, health or disability reason). This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign. The GOV.UK web pages provide PDF materials that you can print and use if you wish to demonstrate medical exemption from wearing a face covering.