IMPORTANT - PATIENT NOTICE
11th September 2020
If a child/parent/household member develops symptoms of COVID-19, the entire household should immediately self-isolate, and book a test for the individual with the symptoms. It is unnecessary to test the entire household if they are not symptomatic.
The COVID-19 symptoms are:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
Booking a COVID-19 test:
We recommend testing only for those with a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or loss of or change in the sense of taste or smell.
If a child does not have symptoms of COVID-19 but has other cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, they do not need to be tested and they and you do not need to self-isolate. Your child can go to school if fit to do so.
If a COVID-19 test is required, this should be arranged via the UK Booking Portal, https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test or by ringing 119.
Testing is available within Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire or via a home testing kit delivered to and collected from your home. The COVID-19 test is undertaken via a throat swab or combined throat and nose swab.
We are aware that some people are experiencing difficulty in accessing testing via these routes and if you have a problem, you can contact the Health Board on 0300 303 8322 and we will arrange testing for you.
It is essential that people who have COVID-19 symptoms, or who share a household with someone who has symptoms, must self-isolate, even if your symptoms are mild. To protect others, you must not attend school, nursery, other childcare settings, work, or go to or to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. They can return to school or work after 10 days if they are well enough to do so.
Anyone in the household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in the home started having symptoms.
If a parent thinks their child has symptoms BUT chooses not to put them through a test all household members must remain in self-isolation for 14 days from the onset of symptoms.
If you receive a positive test result, you will be contacted by the Test, Trace, Protect Team who will advise you further.
If the test is negative, self-isolation can end for everyone, children may return to school and parents can return to work if they are well enough to do so and as long as nobody else in the household has developed symptoms.
If a person has been in contact with an individual experiencing symptoms, they should carry on as normal until that individual receives their test result. If this is positive, the Test, Trace, Protect Team will contact those people identified as contacts and advise accordingly.
YOUR GP SURGERY IS NOT ABLE TO ADVISE IF YOUR CHILD SHOULD ATTEND SCHOOL OR NOT OR ASSESS BEFORE THEY RETURN
17th March 2020
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR PATIENTS
Due to the recent Corona Virus outbreak we are implementing changes to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff.
As of Monday 16th March all appointments must be made via telephone. Please bear with us as the telephone lines will be busy. Each patient will be contacted by a clinician to discuss your symptoms. If an appointment is necessary you will be allocated a time by the clinician.
We aim to keep the prescription turnaround at 48 hours but this will be monitored by the demand. You will be given 3 monthly pre-dated prescriptions. You can contact your pharmacy to request your prescription and arrange delivery as usual.
Please use our Econsult facility to request normal MED3 certificates, for COVID-19 related certificates please see below.
During the current COVID-19 Pandemic we are following UK Government advice and self-isolating for 7 days (living alone) / 14 days (as part of a household).
As you will be aware, by law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is unable to return to work.
To independently issue medical certificates for all those affected by the need to self-isolate would add further pressure to already stretched resources.
It has been suggested that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advice issued by the government. This will allow GPs to focus on their patients’
Your co-operation at this time is appreciated
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