** IMPORTANT - RESCUE PACKS **
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating with regards to special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is creating increased demand from patients requesting inhalers who have not had inhalers for several years.
Therefore, please DO NOT contact the Practice for a rescue pack. The main reason for this is we understand that neither antibiotics or steroids would help in the early stages of a COVID-19 (coronavirus) and patients might delay seeking medical advice if they became increasingly short of breath. Also inhalers should only be restarted if your symptoms have returned.
Please only request inhalers if you are currently using them and please visit Asthma UK www.asthma.org.uk or British Lung Foundation www.blf.org.uk for further information. You should continue to manage your asthma condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.
We would also like to reassure you that the large majority of people, even with underlying risk factors, will have a mild to moderate illness will recover well. Information on COVID-19 can be found online at nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) latest information
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions. You can only leave your home:
- to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
- to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
- for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
- to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms Continue to stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ What to do if you need medical help for another reason If you need medical help not related to coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
- For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. Only call 111 if you're unable to get help online.
- For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.
Read more advice about getting medical help at home. Advice for people at high risk If you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it. These include:
- not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
- avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible
Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you're at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK. Who is at high risk? You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
- are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition Information
If you're at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted. Further information and advice can be found at the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Corona Virus information
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus
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 be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital 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.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Dr Javali returns to Maybush Medical Centre
6th March 2019
We are very pleased to announce that Dr Javali has returned to work at Maybush! Dr Javali was a former partner at the Practice but left in April 2017. Dr Javali has re-joined the clinical team today as a part time salaried GP and available for consultation every Wednesday and Thursday. We are extremely pleased to have a friendly familiar face back on board. We hope you will join us in wishing her a very warm welcome!
Major Refurbishment Work
21st January 2019
An exciting and extensive refurbishment programme will be taking place at Maybush starting Monday 21st January 2019.
The revamp (funded by private investment) is expected to last for approximately 18 weeks, and will bring an outdated building up to a new modern healthcare standards. The benefits will include:
🔹 a more comfortable environment for patients and staff
🔹 a modern dementia-friendly waiting room with a welcoming reception desk
🔹 better access and compliance for wheelchair users
🔹 improvements in toilet facilities including baby changing area
🔹 upgrading of existing consulting rooms with better signage
🔹 an additional nurse treatment room
🔹 high spec well-equipped minor ops suite providing better ventilation, privacy, and comfort
🔹 improved infection control measures
🔹 new heating, lighting and hot water system
🔹 overhaul of fire and security systems
🔹 repairs to roof, gutters, and driveway
🔹 bigger seminar room for the continued training and development of staff
Disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum but we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your patience and keep checking back for updates of progress.
Discontinuation of Fax Machines in the NHS
12th December 2018
We have unfortunately had a fault on our fax line for some time. We made the decision to decommission the fax machine as this was now old technology which isn't considered secure anymore. This is in line with the publication from the Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, who declared a ban on fax machine in all NHS organisations by 2020. Read the full story here.
Mains power cut
27th September 2018
We have had a mains power cut affecting our telephones and computers. This has been reported to Northern Grid who are dealing with this as high priority. Patients who attend the surgery will be seen as appropriate. Please bare with us. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Advice for patients or parents with faith concerns
1st August 2018
The nasal spray flu vaccine contains a highly processed form of gelatine (porcine derived from pigs), which is used globally in many essential medicines. Some faith groups accept the use of porcine gelatine in medical products - the decision is of course up to you. For further information about porcine gelatine and the nasal flu vaccine, see www.gov.uk/government/news/vaccines-and-gelatine-phe-response
Age UK - a one day special event
Monday 1st October from 9.30-12noon. Drop by and join us to ask any questions relating to:
- health and well being
- making new friends
- income and benefits
- enabling independence
- home care guidance
Love later life! This event is organised by the Maybush Patient Participation Group.
Bookings for FLU VACCINATIONS are now available! Please ask at Reception for more information