Coronavirus Information and Updates

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS in North West London and Public Health England are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community, and NHS staff, while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

NOTE: We cannot test for COVID-19.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher), you are advised to stay at home for 7 days; regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online. Please do not go to any GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

To comply with current requirements the surgery will remain open but the doors will be kept closed. You will need to knock/buzz for attention. Telephones lines are open as normal and you can also email us at: jwbelmonthc@nhs.net or Belmonthealthcentre.prescriptions@nhs.net

Regarding appointments 

We aim to use telephone and video consultations. For video consultations you may be asked to install the Whereby app on your smartphone (available on Google Play and the App Store).

 

Public messaging updates are added daily here: 

Gov.uk information for the public

NHS Information about Coronavirus 

Isolation notes for employers

If you are self-isolating due to sickness, or having been in contact with someone who is sick, and need an isolation note for your employer please follow this link and use the service to get one: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Please do not contact your GP for an isolation note, use the service linked above.

 

Sick/Fit to work notes for employers – for those not currently isolating

If you are classified as being at an increased risk of severe illness as identified by Gov.UK, but not extremely vulnerable, and need a sick note for your employer, your GP will not be able to provide this.

If you classify as having symptoms or being in contact with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 you may use the link above to get an Isolation note for your employer.

However if you are not currently isolating due to illness but feel you should not work as you are classified as a vulnerable person you should discuss this with your employer. You may download the NHS app on Android or iPhone, or if you do not have a smart phone you can register for Patient Access  to be able to show your employer evidence of your existing medical condition.

 

Shielding and Protecting Extremely Vulnerable Persons

This is the latest Government advice regarding who can be classified as an extremely vulnerable person and the steps that should be taken for protection.

If you have been classified as extremely vulnerable you should have received a letter from the Government which you may use as proof to your employer that you cannot currently work.