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Advice for patients attending hospital for surgery during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) Pandemic

 

You must isolate for fourteen days prior to admission, this also includes members of your household and the person who is bringing you to hospital, if they are not part of your household.

In practical terms, this means you must:

Stay at home.

Not go to work, school or public areas.

Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.

Avoid visitors to your home.

Ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you - such as getting groceries, medications or other shopping

Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.

 

You will receive a phone call four days prior to admission to arrange your Covid swab which will be done three days prior to admission at the hospital closes to your home address. This is a drive through service so you must arrive in a car, not public transport, but you can attend on foot if you live close to the hospital. You must attend for this otherwise your surgery will be cancelled. Please note: you will only be contacted if the result is positive.

 

On the day of surgery, you will be required to have your temperature taken on arrival to the Department. The person who is bringing you to the hospital needs to stay in their vehicle, for approximately 20 minutes to allow time for checks to be taken. Please ensure you bring all contact numbers with you.

If you develop any of these symptoms, cough or cold, a high temperature, loss of taste and smell, fatigue and muscle aches, please contact the Pre-Assessment Team on:

Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital – 01843 725115

Kent and Canterbury Hospital – 01227 783114

William Harvey Hospital – 01233 616743

For further information please use the link:

https://cpoc.org.uk/patients/guidance-patients-having-operation-during-covid-19

 

Failure to follow any of the above instructions will result in your surgery being cancelled

The High Street and Whitfield Surgeries have a Patient Participation Group, If you wish to join please contact Sarah Jarvis on 01304 206463, She  will be happy to help you.

All our patients now have an allocated GP, if you are unsure who your GP is please feel free to contact the practice. A member of our reception team will be happy to help you.

Summary Care Record

There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

 

Why do I need a Summary Care Record?

Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you.

Who can see it?

Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. 

 

How do I know if I have one?

Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP

Do I have to have one?

No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page.

More Information

For further information visit the NHS Care records website

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