Coronavirus information

Middlewood Response to Covid-19

Covid-19 is creating a challenge quite unlike anything which we have had to deal with before.  As you would expect the clinicians and managers of Middlewood have been working hard to transform the way in which we deliver health care to meet the needs of our population.

The changes we have made over the last year do allow us to do much of this work in a way which hopefully is not too dissimilar to the way we have been working pre-Covid.

Central to the way we work is assessing everyone who contacts us so that they are dealt with in the most appropriate way and by the most appropriate person.  If possible we will try to manage people using remote consultations either on the phone, on-line or with video consultations.  You can read more about this here.  By doing this we will reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 significantly.

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Please monitor the national advice regularly here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

It is important to note that in general practice we cannot treat Covid-19, we cannot test for Covid-19 and at present all the management of the virus is being co-ordinated by NHS 111 and not your GP.  If you contact us, we WILL ask you to follow national guidance and phone 111.

We therefore ask for your cooperation by doing the following:

  1. Please contact the practice by askmygp if possible and if not by phone
  2. DO NOT come into the practice to make an appointment
  3. Understand that almost all contacts with you will be via the telephone or computer
  4. Take note of where we are asking you to be seen if we do ask you to come to the surgery – it may not be your regular practice but we will be clear of where you need to go.`
  5. Please only contact the surgery if you feel it is important.  If you have a longstanding problem and it isn’t necessary to contact us about it at the moment, please consider whether you could delay it until we are at a less critical time.

 

The next few months will be challenging, and we will need to adapt our operating procedures on a weekly if not daily basis.

This website will be our main way of communicating with you.  Please bookmark it and monitor it regularly.  We will also endeavour to keep it up to date with national advice and give other resources which you may find helpful.