Coronavirus Information

Got Symptoms? Get tested NOW!

Got #COVID-19 Symptoms? - Get Tested NOW!

Even if you have been DOUBLE JABBED - if you have:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • sneezing
  • a headache
  • a sore throat

You must get a PCR TEST as soon as possible.

A lateral flow test (LFT) is only for people with no symptoms and is not sufficient.

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result.

You can order a PCR test kit online to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site by calling NHS119

Novel Coronavirus Update

What you need to do https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. If you cannot get through by phone, please use the link below (it is the same process for both; there is no difference):

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The Practice wishes to continue to provide care to all our patients so we are operating a little bit differently.  Our online appointment booking has been closed for the timebeing.  Please ring the Practice and book an initial telephone appointment with a GP or Nurse, who will ring you and carry out an initial assessment.  If they need to see you they will arrange this with you.  Patients may also use eConsult, accessible from our website (there is no sign up requirement) which GPs will try to action within 24 hours at the latest.  ***Video consultations for patients with a SMART PHONE is now enabled*** Please ring the Practice to book an appointment.

We appeal to patients who have symptoms of new cough and/or fever, not to come to the surgery as you risk the welfare of other patients and staff.  If our GPs and Nurses become unwell, it will have a signigicant adverse impact on our ability to continue to provide care for all patients.  So we ask you to please follow the NHS advice and stay away from the Practice, Hospital or Pharmacy ... remember, we are still here and you get in touch with us by telephone or eConsult.

We are pleased to report that our Dispensary is now nearly back to normal workload and therefore the waiting time has been reduced to 3-5 working days.

Easy Read information can be found under 1. Accessibility Information

What parents need to know about COVID: What parents need to know about COVID

How to use a Pulse Oximeter at home

Why have I been told to use a pulse oximeter? 

You may have been told by your doctor to use a pulse oximeter because you are recovering from COVID-19, or because you are a patient who is at higher risk of suffering with COVID-19. Using a pulse oximeter is a good way of making sure your breathing levels aren't worsening.

What does a pulse oximeter do? 
It measures how fast your heart is beating as well as checking how well you are breathing, it does this by checking how much oxygen is in your blood. 

An ideal oxygen level is between 96% and 99% and an ideal heart rate is between 50 and 90 beats per minute (bpm).

The oxygen level may be lower in some people with lung conditions, even when they are feeling well. If you have an existing lung condition, please check with your doctor about what your readings should be. 

To view guidance in a language that isn't English, please click here. 

How to use a pulse oximeter

Follow these steps to make sure the pulse oximeter gives the correct reading:

  1. Remove any nail polish or false nails.
  2. Warm your hand.
  3. Make sure you have been resting for at least five minutes before taking the reading.
  4. Rest your hand on your chest at the level of your heart and hold it still.
  5. Switch the pulse oximeter on and place it on your finger. It works best on your middle or index finger of either hand, it should not be used on your ear.
  6. The reading takes time to steady. Keep the pulse oximeter in place for at least a minute, or longer if the reading keeps changing.
  7. Record the highest result once the reading has not changed for five seconds.
  8. Be careful to identify which reading is your heart rate and which is your oxygen level.

The best way to track your heart rate and oxygen level is by taking a reading three times a day at the same time every day and keeping a diary of each reading.

Download a measurement diary by clicking here.

If you are recovering from COVID-19 and need advice on self-isolation and treating COVID-19 symptoms, please visit the NHS website. 

The video below will take you through the steps of how to use your pulse oximeter: 

  

 What to do if you experience any of the following symptoms

Attend your nearest A&E or call 999 immediately if you have one or more of the following symptoms and tell the operator you may have coronavirus:

  • You are unable to complete short sentences when at rest due to breathlessness
  • Your breathing suddenly worsens within an hour
  • Your blood oxygen level is 92% or less. Check your blood oxygen level again straight away – if it’s still 92% or below, go to A&E immediately or call 999

OR if these more general signs of illness worsen:

  • you are coughing up blood
  • you feel cold and sweaty with pale or blotchy skin
  • you develop a rash that does not fade when you roll a drinking glass over it
  • you collapse or faint
  • you become agitated, confused or very drowsy
  • you have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual.

If you have your pulse oximeter, please give the oxygen saturation reading to the 999 operator when you speak to them.