Monthly Archives: March 2020

British Lung Foundation advice on Rescue Packs during COVID-19 Pandemic

British Lung Foundation advice on Rescue Packs during COVID-19 Pandemic

We’ve been made aware of some posts on social media saying that if you have a lung condition, your GP will issue a rescue pack of steroids and antibiotics.

If you’re normally advised to have a rescue pack available to treat your lung condition then it’s a good idea to check you have one. This is recommended for some with COPD to be used as part of a personalised plan. For people with asthma, we do not recommend these as standard.

If someone’s asthma is bad enough to consider steroids it is essential they are assessed by a health care professional. Even at this busy time for the NHS, getting early support for any problems with your lungs is critical to keep you well and out of hospital.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PATIENTS

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR PATIENTS

It has been decided that our Armada and Efford branches will be closed from 6pm today, 18 March 2020 as a temporary measure until further notice.

Current Isolation guidance means that we have a reduced number of staff working at the practice. All of your healthcare needs will be met by the team working at our other sites.

You can also use eConsult from our website for health advice www.pathfields.co.uk

If you usually collect prescriptions from these sites please nominate a pharmacy so that your prescription can be sent electronically for you.

STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS – a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

Visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the latest information

Covid-19 Update 16/03/2020

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY WITHOUT PRIOR ARRANGEMENT!

From 16/03/20 Pathfields Medical Group under the guidance of Department Of Health have made the decision to triage all patients before entry to the surgery.  This temporary step is to protect both vulnerable individuals and the wider community from the risk of Covid-19. We have capacity to be able to help patients via: online consultations at www.pathfields.co.uk or telephone triage via for Pathfields Video consultations-where appropriate.

Urgent problems needing an examination will be booked by a GP.  All sick notes, urgent forms and letters can be arranged via eConsult .  Prescription can be ordered by ringing 01752 398533 Prescription Ordering Direct (POD), online or via your usual Pharmacy.

We hope to be back to normal as soon as possible, in the meantime hoping these measures will reduce the risks to yourselves, family & friends without compromising your healthcare.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY WITHOUT PRIOR ARRANGEMENT

Staff Training 1st April 2020

Please note that Pathfields Medical Group will be closed from 1pm on the 1st April 2020 for staff training.

Normal service will resume 8am on the 2nd April.

Please remember to use Econsult for routine queries, 111 for medical on the day queries and in an emergency 999.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.