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Coronavirus (Covid-19)  -  updated 22nd June

 

Patient leaflet - Dentistry during Covid-19 Pandemic

Staying alert and safe - Easy Read information

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

 There is heightened coverage around the recent Coronavirus outbreak around the world, which is now severely impacting on the UK and the NHS. 

 Unfortunately fraudsters are targeting these circumstances to take advantage of public fear and concern

 We have been made aware that our patients are receiving phone calls, texts and letters from fraudsters. They will try and obtain your personal details and in particular your NHS number.

 Scammers are sophisticated, opportunistic and will try many ways to get the information they want. They often target the vulnerable.

 If you are suspicious, do not give any details over the phone, hang up and then ring your GP Practice to confirm.

If you need a medical certificate due to self-isolation, please do not call the surgery. Please visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

If you have a new persistent cough and/or fever and/or loss or change in taste or smell, your should self-isolate for 7 days.  Do not call 111 unless your symptoms worsen and you need medical help. 

DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN SPECIFICALLY ASKED TO DO SO BY A CLINICIAN. PLEASE WEAR YOUR OWN FACE MASK OR COVERING IN ORDER TO HELP US PRESERVE OUR PPE STOCK FOR CLINICIANS.

PLEASE COLLECT PRESCRIPTIONS FROM OUR DISPENSARY WINDOW BETWEEN 10AM AND 4PM.  PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE DISPENSARY TO ASK IF YOUR REPEAT PRESCRIPTION IS READY, PLEASE WAIT 3 WORKING DAYS BEFORE COLLECTING.  IF THERE IS A SUPPLY PROBLEM WE WILL CONTACT YOU.

IF YOU ARE SELF-ISOLATING, PLEASE ASK A FRIEND OR NEIGHBOUR TO COLLECT YOUR PRESCRIPTION ON YOUR BEHALF AND DROP IT ON YOUR DOORSTEP.  THEY MUST MAINTAIN A DISTANCE OF AT LEAST 2 METRES FROM YOU. 

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE NHS BECAUSE YOU ARE AT RISK OF SEVERE ILLNESS IF YOU CATCH CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) YOU WILL BE CONTACTED TO CHECK THAT YOU ARE MANAGING DURING SELF-ISOLATION.  IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY FRIENDS, FAMILY OR CARERS ABLE TO COLLECT YOUR MEDICATIONS FOR YOU, THE SURGERY WILL DELIVER.  PLEASE CALL THE SURGERY TO ARRANGE.

Our Open Access / Walk-in morning clinic is suspended.  If you need to consult with a doctor, please call the surgery before 10am and you will be triaged by telephone.

For the most up to date advice please visit: Advice and common questions: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tells patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Information for the public:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Please read the advice in the links above, if you meet the criteria do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital.  Instead use the 111 online service.

Stay At Home advice can be found here.

 

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.

 

Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

    These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

    Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

    Arranging the funeral yourself

    Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

    Funeral costs

    Funeral costs can include:

    • funeral director fees
    • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
    • local authority burial or cremation fees

    Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



     
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