Due to COVID-19, we have had to make a number of changes to service provision, as set out below.
New patient registrations
In order to further reduce the footfall into the surgery, we have now made our registration pack available online. Please see more information where you will be able to download, print and complete the form.
Do NOT come into the surgery with your completed registration form. Instead, you can post this to us, drop it into the letterbox outside the surgery or email it to us at Unityhealth.firstname.lastname@example.org
We previously advised that we had had to temporarily stop all private work to enable the practice to focus on providing urgent care during the pandemic.
We have decided as of 06.05.20 – although this may well need to change again at any time – that we will start doing private work again, providing that it doesn’t need a physical examination. If this is the usual process, we will endeavour to ascertain whether the assessment can be done without the need for a physical examination, given COVID-19 and the need for continued social distancing wherever possible; this will depend on the organisation requesting the information.
Referral letters and fit notes
Please do not come into the surgery to collect or enquire about these, or any other documentation.
- Referral letters will be sent to patients via email wherever possible, or otherwise posted.
- Fit notes – these will be assessed based on urgency and if we can do them will be emailed or texted wherever possible, or otherwise posted.
- COVID-19 related isolation notes:
To reduce the burden on GP practices a new online system, created by the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions, is now live for patients to be emailed a digital isolation note. Isolation notes provide patients with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work. The notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online – see www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to you. If you don’t have an email address, you can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to your employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.
Rescue packs for asthmatics
We have been made aware of lots of fake news recently regarding all asthmatics to be issued with rescue packs consisting of antibiotics and steroids. This is not true; please click here to view a statement from the British Lung Foundation: