PLEASE WEAR FACE COVERINGS. COVID-19 PROTECTIONS ARE STILL IN PLACE IN THIS SURGERY.
In line with current Government guidance patients are required to continue to wear a face covering in all healthcare settings. Face coverings primarily protect others, so doing so, unless exempt, is key to preventing spread of infection.
CONTINUE TO RESPECT (2M) SOCIAL DISTANCING TEST AND ISOLATE IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS.
If you have symptoms you must get at PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test as soon as possible and before visiting your GP. Rapid lateral flow tests should not be used to confirm infection. It’s vital that you and anyone in your household isolate until you receive your test result, and for 10 days thereafter if the result is positive.
WASH AND SANITISE HANDS REGULARLY
Throughout the pandemic, Hednesford Medical Practice has strived to make the Surgery as safe as possible for both our patients and staff whilst delivering our services and we will continue to do so moving forward.
Healthcare settings are a higher risk environment and will be subject to more control measures than other public facilities. From 19th July, we will be reviewing on a week by week basis working with the other practices in the Health Centre to see how we can safely open the Health Centre doors. We will also be continuing to maintain the following;
- Patients will still need to wear a face covering
- Staff will continue to wear Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
- Social distancing will continue to be adhered to
The number of patients allowed into the waiting area will also continue to be restricted. We do understand that this can be frustrating but we know that when people visit us they are sick and vulnerable and we need to continue to take these precautions to protect us all.
COVID has not gone away: In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-COVID (face to face, by phone, and by video), not counting vaccinating 90% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months.
We have all come so far in trying to minimise the impact of COVID and we are sure that you will understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe as possible for ALL patients and staff. One positive case of COVID within the surgery could wipe out our entire workforce for 10 days, and I'm sure you will agree, maintaining restrictions is a small price to pay in order for us to continue to deliver a full range of medical services, and keep our doors open.
Thank you for your continued support.