The Wycliffe Medical Practice
The Wycliffe Medical Practice, Lutterworth Medical Centre, Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4EB
Tel: 01455 553 531 or The Prescription line 01455 200793
Fax: 01455 550 083
Out of Hours: 111

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COVID-19 Guidance

For details and support during the current pandemic please click here

1) Guidance for Extremely Vulnerable Patients who are Shielding
You will have seen that the Government has updated the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid 19 and have been advised to shield. The update from Government comes into effect from today. In summary the changes are:

  • The advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable is that they should continue to shield until at least the 30 June but from 1 June, they can spend a short period of time outdoors each day with members of their household, still maintaining 2m distance from others.
  • If the shielded person lives alone, the Government is advising they can meet one other person from a different household, maintaining strict social distancing. The advice is that this be the same person each time.
  • Important aspects of Governments policy and guidance remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should still not go shopping or to pharmacies.
  • The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged.
  • The Government has also confirmed that it will be reviewing shielding guidance alongside wider changes to social distancing, including plans to write to those on the shielding patients list with information about next steps on shielding after the next review on 15 June.
    Coronavirus testing for patients

Anyone aged 5 and above who has symptoms can now get tested, using a swab test, to see if they currently have coronavirus. Essential workers will be given priority and appointments must be made in advance.

For patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the test could take place either at our permanent test centre at Birstall Park and Ride or at a mobile testing unit (MTU). Mobile units are only in a location for a few days. They have an integrated one-way system that allows people with an appointment to attend for either walk-in or drive through testing. There is also a permanent site in Peterborough that might be of interest to patients in Rutland.
 
The swab test is only effective if it is carried out in the first three to five days of symptoms, therefore it is important that patients book their appointment as soon as they develop symptoms as it may take time to arrange.
 
To avoid people turning up at the MTUs without an appointment and to reduce the risk of people delaying their test for a more convenient location, specific location details and the duration of an MTU’s stay are not being made available to the general public. When people book their appointment they will be given a choice of local locations from the permanent sites and the MTUs that are in operation at the time. They will receive the full address details of where to go with their confirmation email.
 
The key messages for patients are:

  • If you have symptoms, arrange to get tested straight away at any one of the local sites. Don’t wait for one to come to your town.
  • Appointments must be booked in advance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can call 119. The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 0300 303 2713.
  • The new NHS Test and Trace service will now make contact with anyone who has tested positive for coronavirus to ask them to share the details of anyone they have been in recent close contact with. This is so they can be given advice about getting tested themselves and self-isolation.

 
This week, patients can book appointments to be tested at the following locations

 

Birstall Park and Ride

Rutland MTU

Leicester (City-centre) MTU

Monday 1st June 2020

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Tuesday 2nd June 2020

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Wednesday 3rd June 2020

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Thursday 4th June 2020

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Friday 5th June 2020

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Update on antibody test kits for home use:

Some UK providers such as high street pharmacies and private healthcare providers offer COVID-19 antibody testing for members of the public. The test involves taking a finger prick blood sample. The laboratory tests are CE marked and safe for use on blood drawn from the vein by a healthcare professional, but have not yet been validated by the manufacturer of the test to be used with a finger prick blood sample.

 

It’s very important for people at home to be able to understand the reliability of the result and what it means for them. A positive result may not mean a person is immune or if they demonstrate immunity now, or how long this will last.

 

The Government strongly advises members of the public or organisations who have purchased these tests and received antibody results to continue to follow the Government’s advice whatever the result of the test. It’s also important to know that GPs can’t provide a patient with an in house Blood Tests for use with a privately purchased antibody test.

 

The Government is contacting providers of the antibody testing services and the laboratories running these tests to ask them to temporarily stop offering these tests for sale until the regulatory and safety concerns have been resolved.

Link to the national track and trace guidance

Diabetes Advice Helpline for Patients
Please find here details of an advice helpline for those with diabetes
 
The helpline is accessible via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am – 6pm
 
This isn't to replace routine care but could prove really useful to share with patients who may need further advice
 
Online Consultations

We are excited to offer an additional service to our patients – Online Consultations.

For More information click here
 

Online Appointment Booking


Due to current concerns about Coronavirus we are asking all patients some basic screening questions when they request an appointment.  In view of this we have temporarily stopped the option to book a face to face appointment online as this would not enable these questions to be asked before patient attended the practice.

As an alternative, we have introduced online booking  telephone calls with GPs. Please use this service if you would like to arrange a telephone call from a GP. 
Please note: this service does NOT replace the need to contact NHS111 online or by phone if you have queries or concerns relating specifically to Coronavirus.

Online Appointment Booking

Due to current concerns about Coronavirus we are asking all patients some basic screening questions when they request an appointment.  In view of this we have temporarily stopped the option to book a face to face appointment online as this would not enable these questions to be asked before patient attended the practice.

As an alternative, we have introduced online booking  telephone calls with GPs. Please use this service if you would like to arrange a telephone call from a GP. 
Please note: this service does NOT replace the need to contact NHS111 online or by phone if you have queries or concerns relating specifically to Coronavirus.

Electronic Prescribing Update

As from Tuesday 17 March all prescriptions issued by The Wycliffe Medical Practice will be sent electronically. If you have NOT nominated pharmacy, you will be given a token to take to the pharmacy to get  your prescription dispensed.

To reduce the time and effort taken to obtain your medication we suggest that all of our patients nominate a pharmacy  - please tell our Reception Team who you would like to nominate

If you would like further information about this the change, please visit www.nhs.uk/eps or ask a member our team.

URGENT GP ADVICE
Patients registered with The Wycliffe Medical Practice who require urgent medical advice can call us from 8am- 8.30am  and between 6pm- 6.30pm Monday – Friday to speak to a member of our practice team with access to our Duty Doctor. 

For full information about how to access our acute access service and opening times please click

https://wycliffemedicalpractice.secure-gpsite.nhs.uk/opening-hours

The Practice will be closed for Staff and GP training on the following dates

22 July 2020
22 September 2020
15 October 2020
11 November 2020
12 January 2021
11 February 2021
16 March 2021

If you required urgent medical advice when we are closed for training - please call our usual number01455 553531and you will be transferred to an on call service
In a medical emergency dial 999
How to find an urgent care centre when your GP practice is closed
please click
https://wycliffemedicalpractice.secure-gpsite.nhs.uk/urgent-re

 


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