Please see below for some really helpful advice produced by Greater Manchester to help parents and carers understand when they may need to keep their children off school and when they are able to go back.
COVID 19 Quick Guide
Back to school
It is inevitable that the return to school will bring about a range of emotions and questions and below we link to a few resources that pupils, parents and carers may find useful at this time:
Advice if your child is anxious about being back at school:
What do schools look like now?
What schools plan to do if any children test positive for coronavirus:
Celebrity assembly (28 Sep) to help children worried about bullying and return to classes:
Further resources are available on the Joined Up Care Derbyshire website:
As our children return to school please note that sore throats and colds are not a symptom of the coronavirus and should be treated with over the counter medications and self-care.
If your child also has one of the coronavirus symptoms please follow the link below and government guidance, you do not need to call your surgery.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
•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)
•a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms click on the link below and book a test.
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
•a high temperature
•a new, continuous cough
•a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Get a test now, call NHS 119. Do not leave home for at least 10 days.
We have been trying to keep our patients informed on our website and Facebook page on how we have been rapidly reacting to Coronavirus and the local situation, As we head into the 14th week of lockdown, we would like to give you an update.
Firstly, we would like to thank all our patients for being accommodating and accepting of all the changes we have had to implement at short notice. At the end of March we moved very swiftly to a total triage model, cancelling the majority of face-to-face appointments and replacing them with telephone consultations as well as video consultations.
Our nursing team has also adapted well and although we have continued to see some patients face-to-face, a lot of the long term condition reviews have been conducted over the telephone.
We are now being asked by NHS England and the Government to increase activity at the Practice; invitations for cervical screening are returning to normal and we are being encouraged to increase our routine work for priority groups to make sure our patients are in the best health they can be in preparation for flu season.
We therefore are encouraging patients to attend the practice for their routine blood tests and reviews if they receive an invitation. We can reassure you that we are cleaning all surfaces and equipment throughout the day, wearing appropriate PPE and taking all recommended precautions so that we can protect both patients and staff.
We understand that some patients will be reluctant to come to the practice but the number of patients being seen remains quite low. We have a large waiting room that enables social distancing and are allowing extra time for appointments to avoid patients having to wait.
We are asking patients to wear a face covering when they attend the Practice and we will also be installing screening around our reception desk, as a further level of protection between our staff and patients.
If you have any queries or concerns, do please contact the Practice.
Wearing a Face Mask on Public Transport or in Shops
These rules don’t apply to children under the age of 11 and disabled people or those with health conditions when there is a ‘reasonable excuse‘ not to. This includes:
* where you cannot put on, wear, or remove a face covering:
- without severe distress
- because of any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
* where you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip-reading to communicate
* to eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so
* where you have to remove your face covering to take medication
Please note that we will not provide exemption notes for any patients who cannot wear a mask. If you are unable to wear a mask for any of the reasons above then you just need to inform the public transport driver/conductor or shop worker of the reason.
Post-viral fatigue is when you have an extended period of feeling unwell and fatigued after a viral infection.
Fatigue is a normal part of the body’s response to fighting a viral infection such as COVID-19. Fatigue is likely to continue for some time after the infection has cleared. It can
make you sleep more, feel unsteady on your feet, make standing for long periods difficult, as well as affecting your ability to concentrate and your memory.
Please read the information sheets below for practical advice.
An overview for those who are clinically 'extremely vulnerable' to COVID-19 please click here
Employee/Employer and Schools requests. With the relaxation of the lockdown rules and staged return to work and school there will be an inevitable increase in queries to practices. We have put together a short summary to support practices in dealing with such requests and included two template letters for use with employees and parents of schoolchildren.
Employee Isolation letter
School Isolation Letter
the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service is here to support people living with dementia and their carers during the COVID-19 crisis, please click in the link below for more information and contact details
Derbyshire Dementia Support Leaflet
Please click on the link below for all the most up to date information:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ it will inform you of the following:
- Advice for everyone
- Advice for people at higher risk
- Symptoms and what to do
- Self-isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms
- Coronavirus in children
- More information
Want the latest on Coronavirus in Derbyshire?
Get all the latest health service information for Derby and Derbyshire in one place during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic…
Click the leaflet below for more information:
Medicines Order Line
Click on this poster to see what is the best time to call the medicines order line What is the best time to call?
If you have further problems contacting them, you may use the following method:
Request a callback to order your prescription (South Practices incl. Derby City)
As a result of the current situation with Coronavirus or Covid-19 as it is also known, the Medicines Order Line is receiving a very high volume of calls. To save you from waiting we have introduced a call back system which you can request by sending an email to our Medicines Order Line inbox. To do this, follow the easy steps to below:
Click on this link here which will create an email request form and then in the email itself you need to tell us:
1.The name of your GP practice
3.Your date of birth
4.Your contact telephone number
If the above link does not work then send your email to ddccg.southMOLonlinerequests@nhs.net, including all the above information.
Please note that no responses will be provided via email as the purpose of email is to request a call back only. We expect to be able to call you back within 48 hours (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) but that may vary according to the volume of enquiries we are processing. We will attempt to call you back three times only. Please keep your phone with you at all times. It is also important to note that by providing us with your email and details you are giving us permission to share your details with other NHS organisations who may also have to share your information so that we can complete your request. The CCG accepts no responsibility for the incoming transfer of information.
Access to NHS Dentistry is currently limited during the pandemic as all dentists have been asked to stop all routine “face-to-face” dental care. Please click on the link below for all the information you may need. Patient leaflet - access to NHS Dentistry.
Need help to stop smoking, click here for further information
Sexual and reproductive health, and other health services, are open.
We wanted to draw your attention to new information on sexual and reproductive health for patients, please click on the following link.
MacMillan Newsletter June 2020