UPDATED GUIDANCE 20.11.20
Guidance for Practices - Standard Operating Procedure from DHSC
12.10.20 Please see the current guidance set out in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) sent out by the Department of Health at the beginning of October 2020. The team at Ramsey Group Practice are following Government advice in order to keep our patients and staff safe during this current phase of the COVID pandemic. Appointments will be made by the admin team for the following:
Lumps, bumps, rashes, children under 14, medicals and all Practice Nurse appointments unless this can be dealt with on the telephone via Nurses triage calls. The admin team will also continue to make appointments for the Health Care Assistants. All GP appointments will follow the SOP below.
Guidance for GP Practices on the Isle of Man –12th October 2020
GP Practices have remained open for patients during the covid 19 emergency period. This guidance updates previous guidance and sets out the processes GP Practices should follow during this phase of the covid 19 emergency.
During this phase:
- GP Practices should continue to be vigilant for potential cases of covid 19
- Ensure that they work to the current SOP which details the specific ways in which Practices should work
- Consistently comply with the PPE guidance provided by the DHSC – set out in the appendix below
- Providing treatment to patients
- Every patient will need to be triaged and the most appropriate treatment provided. Face to face treatment should be provided where necessary and clinically indicated and safe to do so.
2020 FLU campaign:
Many patients have contacted us to ask if we are planning to hold Flu Clinics this year, after receiving letters from their local chemist. We can confirm that we are organising Flu Clinics, which will be held in October as usual.
In order to maintain patient safety this year we've had to find a new venue with separate entrance and exit facilities. Ramsey Commissioners have very kindly offered the use if the Ramsey Courthouse, and we would like to thank them for helping us to provide this service to our community.
Once we have a confirmed delivery date for the vaccines, we will update the website, and Facebook page with the clinic dates.
Please note eligibility for this years flu vaccination programme:
The 2020/21 groups will now include:
• All children aged 2-10 (but not 11 years or older) on 31 August 2020 * School aged children will be vaccinated by the School Nurse not the GP Surgery.
• those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
• pregnant women
• those aged 65 years and over
• those in long-stay residential care homes
• close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
• DHSC health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.
More details to follow.
Please click on the following link for the latest Covid19 website full of useful information and an online self-assessment form. Keep safe and look after each other.
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College urges patients not to contact their GP for Covid-19 holiday cancellation letters
Publication date: 27 February 2020
The RCGP has heard reports of insurers and travel companies requesting GP letters in order for people to cancel holidays due to Covid-19, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:
"Insurers and travel companies should be basing their decisions to offer refunds on advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Public Health England, not letters from GPs. It is not a good use of GPs' time to be writing letters for patients who are not ill but have plans to travel - and GPs will always base their decisions on official advice.
"Patients will undoubtedly have good and sensible reasons for not wanting to travel to certain places because of Covid-19, but this is not the same as being unable to travel due to existing illness, and it should not become the GP's responsibility to give patients advice about where not to travel."
GP NEWS: Dr Arul Neel joins us from Bristol and has 15 years experience as a General Practitioner. Dr Neel has taken over the care of Dr Armour's patients.
Dr Lukas Burri joins us from Switzerland where he trained in General Practice and Internal Medicine. Dr Burri has taken over the care of Dr Maska's patients.
Please take the time to cancel your appointment if you can not attend. We have on average 250 patients per month who do not attend their appointments or fail to answer their telephone when they have asked for the GP or Practice Nurse to call them back. GP time is precious so please consider others if you can not attend.
Have you registered yet for 'patient access'? https://www.patientaccess.com/ This service allows you to book routine GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view parts of your medical record such as immunisation history, allergies and lab results. Please bring proof of identity to the practice to be given your unique online access code. This service is open to all patients aged 16 & over.
Have we got your up to date contact details? Please let us know as soon as anything changes.