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Walk in sessions at Castleford Civic Centre

Please see below the walk in clinics available at Castleford Civic Centre over the next week

💉 Pfizer
Friday 23rd July 15:30 - 17:30
Saturday 24th July 10:50 - 11:50
Monday 26th July 11:00 - 12:00
Tuesday 27th July 13:30 - 14:30 & 16:30 - 17:00
Thursday 29th July 9:30 - 10:30 & 11:30 - 12:00
Friday 30th July 15:30 - 16:30
Saturday 31st July 9:30 - 11:00
💉 AstraZenica clinic
Saturday 24th July 9:00 - 10:00
Monday 26th July 9:30 - 10:30
Tuesday 27th July 16:30 - 17:00
Friday 30th July 16:30 - 16:50
Saturday 31st July 11:15 - 11:45

Covid restrictions in many settings are to end on the 19th July however please can we remind all patients that face coverings must still be worn unless you are medically exempt and follow social distancing rules within the Practice. This is for the protection of patients and staff.

 

Please see the link regarding this from NHS England: NHS England » NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings 

Online Appointment Booking

We have now re-introduced online bookable appointments. You can now book:

Blood test appointments (only bookable following a GP request)

Smear tests (Only bookable following invite)

GP routine telephone calls (you have to pick an appointment date and time slot but please be aware the call back from the GP will be anytime that day from 8am until 6pm. Please ensure you put a reason)

Urgent phone call (these are released daily at 8am and are for urgent problems only. You will receive a phone call back between the hours of 8am and 6pm the same day. Please ensure you put a reason)

Verbal Abuse by Patients

Our staff are experiencing a high degree of verbal abuse from patients both on the telephone and in the surgery.  They are dealing with an extremely challenging workload at the moment and your patience is requested.  As COVID restrictions start to be lifted, we are doing our best to return to normal services as quickly as possible but we are not in control of secondary services such as the hospitals.  Our staff are doing their best, whilst also trying to contact large volumes of patients concerning their COVID vaccinations.  Whilst we do understand the frustrations of patients, staff should be treated with respect.  Thank you to all our patients who have sent their kind wishes and supportive comments - they are greatly appreciated. 

Click here to view the video that has been created with real comments by GP Patients.

GENERAL PRACTICE DATA FOR PLANNING AND RESEARCH

You can find out more about how your data is used for this and how to opt out by clicking the following link (Please note the deadline for doing this has now changed to the 1st September 2021 at the earliest):-

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice

COVID tests and what is the different

It is important to understand the difference between lateral flow tests and PCR tests.  Please click on the following link which explains what each tests does, when you should use it and what you should do with the results:- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

 

Wearing of Masks in the Surgery

Please note that all patients must wear a mask/visor when visiting the surgery.  If you are exempt, please bring proof of this.  If not you will be asked to return with the proof and your appointment will have to be re-arranged.  If you are not exempt and you refuse to wear a mask/visor you will be asked to leave the premises.  We have visors on reception for those patients who find it difficult to wear a mask.  We have to protect all our patients and our staff.  Thanks

Blood Clotting and the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

 

New guidance has been issued following further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

 

The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:

 

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they suffered any serious side effects after their first vaccination.

 

  • People aged 30 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition. 
  • People aged 18-29 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 30 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)

  • People under 30 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

 

Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/976880/PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf

COVID Vaccinations

 

Getting an appointment

Currently, anyone in an eligible age group can book a vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. If you are not able to book online you can call 119 free of charge, between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. As the age limit reduces, this will be updated on the booking homepage.

 

If you would prefer to have your vaccination at the centre run by local GP practices you do not need to do anything – we will contact you when we have appointments available. The invite from the GP practice will often be in the form of a text message.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment. People will not be able to make an appointment unless they have been invited and you might stop someone who needs medical help getting through to us.

Getting your second vaccination

People need two doses of the vaccine to make sure they get maximum protection. If you had your first dose at a GP centre, you will be contacted by your practice when it is time for your second dose. This will usually be 11-12 weeks after your first vaccination.

 

If it is 11 weeks after you received your first vaccination, and you have not yet been invited for your second vaccination, please contact your GP practice who will arrange an appointment for you.

 

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk

 

Finding your NHS number

You can still book an appointment if you don’t have your NHS number, provided you are registered with a GP practice. However, it will be quicker if you have your number: this will be on any letter or document you have received from the NHS, including prescriptions, or you can find it online at

www.nhs.uk/find-nhs-number


PLEASE NOTE THE NATIONAL BOOKING SYSTEM IS ALSO CONTACTING CERTAIN COHORTS OF PATIENTS VIA A CENTRALISED SERVICE.  THIS IS NOT RUN BY THE PRACTICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERES, PLEASE TELEPHONE THE NUMBER ON THE LETTER AND NOT THE PRACTICE. THANKS

If you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite straight away and make sure you attend your appointments when you arrange them.

Please note that vaccinations are free of charge and only available through the NHS. Anyone who claims to be able to provide you with a vaccine for a fee is likely to be committing a crime and should be reported to the Police online or by calling 112.

In the meantime, please continue to abide by all the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance, which will still save lives

For more information about the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk or click here to view the F.A.Q.

In addition, the following leaflets from Public Health England are available on the gov.uk website

  • Why do I have to wait?
  • Guide for adults
  • Guide for healthcare workers
  • What to expect after the vaccine
  • Pregnancy

We are experiencing extremely high volumes of telephone calls. Please wherever possible use our online system by following the blue link on our home page. The online system called GP Online allows patients to have an online consultation with the surgery without attending in person or having to wait in the telephone queue. You can use this system to make an admin enquiry eg about a sick note, or a clinical enquiry. PLEASE NOTE THIS SYSTEM SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR URGENT MEDICAL ISSUES. Once you have logged your query, someone from the surgery will contact you either the same day or the next day, depending upon the time you log the enquiry. Please click on the blue link on the home page of our website and try it for yourself! This system is particularly useful during this coronavirus outbreak as it avoids you having to come to the surgery in person.

Face coverings when accessing GP practices in the Wakefield area

 We are asking all our patients to wear a face covering or something else that can cover the mouth and nose, such as a scarf, if you come to the surgery for an appointment.

 

 You can use a simple scarf or bandana that ties behind your head or make your own ‘no-sew’ face coverings using the advice available online at the gov.uk website. Simply search for ‘face covering’. Face coverings are also available to buy in shops or online.

 

Face coverings should not be worn by children under three and people who would find wearing them difficult (such as people with breathing difficulties).

 

Clinicians that are seeing patients face-to-face may be wearing personal protective equipment (face mask/gloves/aprons). This is for your safety as well as theirs.

 

Further advice about wearing face coverings can be found here

www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

 

PLEASE SEE OUR CORONAVIRUS TAB AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP OUR PATIENTS

We have now completed the building work at the surgery with a new roof, a mezzanine floor in reception to provide extra clinical rooms and an upgrade to the patient toilets and existing clinical rooms, as well as being newly decorated and carpeted in all communal areas.  This has been long-awaited and we hope that patients will be pleased with the results and it will make the surgery a nicer place to visit. Many thanks to all our patients for their patience and for bearing with us during the upheaval.  

RESULTS OF 2020 PATIENT SURVEY

The national patient survey results are out and we are pleased to announce the we have scored equal to, or above the national and local average in ten out of eighteen areas.  Our best results were as follows :-

92% of patients find the reception team helpful

87% of patients waited 15 minutes or less to be seen

88% of patients said the professional they spoke to gave them enough time during their appointment

88% of patients said the professional they saw was good at listening

86% of patients said the professional they saw was good at treating them with care and concern

96% said they had trust in the professional they saw

91%  said their needs were met during their last appointment

84% of patients describe their overall experience as good

If you want to view the full report, go to www.gp-patient.co.uk

Obviously we are not complacent and always want to work hard to improve on our results so that the service we offer is the best it can be.  Thanks to our hard working team.

 

GP ONLINE CONSULTATIONS

We have a new system that allows patients to consult with the surgery online - this can be for an admin query such as a sick note or a clinical query.  Once you have logged the details of your request, a member of the surgery will contact you with a response.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SYSTEM IS NOT TO BE USED FOR URGENT MEDICAL ISSUES.  To use the new system, please click on the blue box on the home page.  If you require any help using the new system, please contact a member of our administration team.  Using this system is particularly useful during the current coronavirus outbreak - it avoids you having to visit the surgery which protects you and our staff

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS Digital website.

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/electronic-prescription-service

 

GET YOURSELF ONLINE AND BEAT THE QUEUES!  If you need helping logging in with your password, please contact reception who will be able to help.

The law on how we process your personal data has changed.  There are new regulations called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  Please see our fair processing notice for adults and children under the Practice Policies tab on the right hand side.

Carers Packs.  We have put them together for Carers and the Elderly which contains a wealth of information on the services available to you.  To obtain a free copy of Northgate's carers pack enquire by telephone and we will send you one out.

PLEASE SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR ONLINE SERVICES.

Young Person's Telephone Advice Clinic - On Wednesdays between 12.00 noon and 12.30pm we run a young person's (13-19 year old) telephone advice line for dedicated advice on any matter that you would like to discuss with someone clinical on a totally confidential basis.  Please feel free to contact reception during these times and someone will help you.

Coronavirus - Latest Information

Choose Well November

Latest guidance relating to Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots

Please click to view the latest Oxford AstraZeneca updated guidance

Long Covid

If you are suffering with long COVID symptoms and need help to manage the impact of these symptoms on areas such as your employment, finances, mental health or isolation, Live Well Wakefield can help via the usual referral system. To refer yourself – complete their online form https://www.livewellwakefield.nhs.uk/referrals/new , call them on 07881595448 or message them on Facebook @LiveWellWakefield.  Please mention you have been referred by your GP. 

 

To support patients to manage physical symptoms of long COVID Live Well Wakefield have self-management workshops and courses (that are currently being delivered online).

The course is not aimed specifically at COVID patients but is designed to support people with any long term condition to learn tools and techniques to self-manage symptoms such as pain for example and how to use approaches such as relaxation techniques whilst setting realistic goals and action plans and even includes sections on resilience when speaking to your employer about your condition. Please click the link below for details:

Live Well Wakefield "Virtual" Courses.

Vaccine Information for people with Learning Disabilities.

If you have learning disabilities and/or autism, the following short video might help to explain what the vaccine is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3Wh23PDnfE

This leaflet will help you to understand more about the COVID, the side effects and having the vaccine.  Please click here to view it.

Welcome to Northgate Surgery

We are here to help you.

The NHS is doing things a little differently at the moment due to Coronavirus.

GP practices across Wakefield are working together to prioritise same day care and symptoms which might indicate serious illness.  We ask that you do not come to the surgery in person unless booked in for a face to face appointment.  You can contact us online (please see our home page for further information) or by calling us on 01977 703635.  We will then give you advice about what to do.  A phone or video consultation with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional will usually be booked for you as many problems can be sorted out this way.  If you are booked for a confirmed face-to-face appointment with a doctor or nurse you may be asked to see them at a neighbouring GP practice to the one you would usually attend. This is to help the health service effectively cope with increased demand and suspected coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. We will always let you know the location at which you will be seen.

As we are dealing with more telephone and video consultations we are dealing with an increased number of phone calls.  Avoid busy periods (8am to 12 noon) when contacting us about any non-urgent matters such as sick notes, prescription queries and routine check-ups. This helps us to prioritise our calls for those who have a same day medical problem.  Online services may suit you instead of a phone call.

Online Appointments

We have a new online system called GP Online which allows patients to have an online consultation with the surgery without attending in person or having to wait in the telephone queue. You can use this system to make an admin enquiry eg about a sick note, or a clinical enquiry. PLEASE NOTE THIS SYSTEM SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR URGENT MEDICAL ISSUES. Once you have logged your query, someone from the surgery will contact you either the same day or the next day, depending upon the time you log the enquiry. Please click on the blue link on the home page of our website and try it for yourself! This system is particularly useful during this coronavirus outbreak as it avoids you having to come to the surgery in person.

If a telephone appointment is made with a doctor or nurse, make sure that the receptionist knows your current phone number and any times you cannot answer the phone.  If you are calling about someone else let the receptionist know.  Phone again if things get worse.

Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.  You can find out more about the services on offer by visiting www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/
If you are not sure if you need urgent medical care use www.111.nhs.uk  or phone 111 to find out.  The 111 service can book you into the urgent care centre at Pontefract if this is what you need.

If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you don’t need immediate medical attention, other options should be considered before dialling 999 or visiting the Emergency Department. 

Choosing the most appropriate place for care allows Emergency Department staff to help people whose lives are at risk and can also potentially save you a long wait.

Prescriptions and sick notes

If you are collecting any of these from the surgery, please get a WELL person to collect them. Sick notes can be e-mailed to you or your employer and this is the safest way.

This is an ideal time to register for online prescriptions and to nominate a pharmacy for us to send your prescription to. This way there is no need for you to risk visiting the surgery. Please ask any member of staff for details.

Signposting to the most appropriate service

 • From minor illnesses to serious injury and mental health support, services in Wakefield are #StillHereToHelp. Please contact the most appropriate service for your needs and remember to wear a face covering if attending in person, unless you are exempt.

• Don’t forget - pharmacists are trained medical professionals who can advise you on the best treatment for a range of common conditions. Find your nearest pharmacy here: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/

• Many minor illnesses and injuries such as a sore throat, coughs, colds and small cuts can be treated in your own home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.  There is lots of information about self-care on the NHS website www.nhs.uk

• Your NHS is working hard to maintain our services despite a significant increase in demands due to COVID-19. Please only attend the Emergency Department if you have a life or limb threatening illness or injury. If you need help but it’s not an emergency, visit NHS online or call 111 – it’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using the right service means that you and your family will get the best treatment and it also allows us to help the people who need it the most.

• The Urgent Treatment Centre at Pontefract Hospital is open 24/7 to treat urgent or non-life threatening conditions.

• You will be seen much quicker by choosing the right service.
If you’re not sure which service to use, visit NHS online or call 111 - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• Feeling unwell over the weekend? Call NHS 111 instead of going to the Emergency Department and you will speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care for you.

• Your NHS is working hard to maintain our services despite a significant increase in demands due to COVID-19.  Attending the Emergency Department when it’s not a life threatening illness or injury puts serious pressure on staff and services. If you need help, but it’s not an emergency, visit NHS online or call 111. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed at 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 for free from mobiles and landlines. Please help us help you.

• Your NHS is working hard to maintain our services despite a significant increase in demands due to COVID-19. Only attend the Emergency Department if you have a life or limb threatening illness or injury. If you need help but it’s not an emergency, visit NHS online or call 111 – it’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using the right service means that you and your family will get the best treatment and it also allows us to help the people who need it the most.

• GP practices across Wakefield now have more appointments available.  We are doing things a little differently at the moment and ask that you do not come to the surgery in person, but call us first on 01977 703635  or use GP Online (which will avoid the queues on the telephone) so that we can give you advice about what to do. 

• GP practices across Wakefield now have more appointments available.  If you need to contact a GP phone us first and we will give you advice about what to do.  Phone or video consultations may also be offered as an alternative to face to face appointments. 

• GP practices across Wakefield - this service is known locally as GP Care Wakefield.  If you are registered with a local GP practice and you feel unwell when they are closed, simply call your practice as usual to speak directly to a friendly clinical advisor straightaway.

• We are currently experiencing an increased number of phone calls.  Please be patient as we are taking calls as quickly as possible. Avoid busy periods (8am to 12 noon) when contacting us about any non-urgent matters such as sick notes, prescription queries and routine check-ups.

Help your NHS by choosing the right healthcare option.

The NHS is here for you. To help you get seen in the right place, at the right time by the right healthcare professional you need to use the most appropriate service.

Self Care
Many minor illnesses and injuries such as a sore throat, coughs, colds and small cuts can be treated in your own home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

Pharmacy
Pharmacists are trained medical professionals who can advise you on the best treatment for a range of common conditions. There are lots of pharmacies across Wakefield (find the closest to you here https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/) although some will be limiting the number of people inside to allow social distancing.

NHS111
If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, you can get help from NHS111. They are available 24/7 either by calling 111 or visiting 111.nhs.uk. They can also book you an appointment with a healthcare professional if you need one.

GP Practice
Your GP practice is still here to help but the way you access it has changed. You should contact the practice by telephone and your clinical team will make sure you get the right support. If you are then given a face-to-face appointment, precautions will be taken to ensure your safety.

Urgent Care

Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)
The UTC is open 24/7, 365 days a year to treat people with non-life-threatening conditions. The service is run by GPs and specialist nurses. Book through NHS 111.

Emergency Department or 999
Pinderfields Hospital Emergency Department should only be used for critical and life-threatening situations.

Also call 999 if you have seriously harmed or injured yourself, find someone who has seriously harmed or injured themselves or you are unable to keep yourself, or other people, safe.

No visitors are permitted to stay with patients over 18 years of age. Patients under 18 years of age may be accompanied by one parent or carer only.

Exceptions may be made for patients who are critically unwell and require life support intervention whilst in the department.

Please remember to help other people by avoiding calling 999 or visiting emergency departments unless it really is necessary.
 
*In pharmacies, GP practices, Pontefract UTC and Pinderfields Hospital you should wear a face covering unless under three years old or you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a covering. This will help to keep everyone safe.

Remember if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you must not walk-in to your GP practice, pharmacy or hospital. If you need help in an emergency please tell the 999 call taker if you have coronavirus or symptoms of this, and mention this to paramedics on arrival.

For the latest advice and information about coronavirus, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For the latest guidance for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (previously on the Shielded Patient List), please click here.

When cancers are picked up early, there is a much better chance of a cure. It is important to come forward if you think you have symptoms of cancer.  The NHS is still here for you. Click on the link below:-

https://twitter.com/NHSEngland/status/1296714927877611520?s=20

There is support for patients recovering from COVID-19: https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/

Wakefield COVID testing service

The new local testing service is available for all residents in the Wakefield district. The Wakefield COVID-19 Testing Service is available Monday to Friday and will support the booking of appointments at a Mobile Testing Unit or if the individual cannot access the national testing scheme, cannot get there safely, or is too ill to travel, will arrange for a testing kit to be taken to and transported from their home address.

 

Tests are also available for vulnerable patients with symptoms of COVID who are residents in the Wakefield district who cannot get to a mobile testing site. If you have symptoms and need support to book a test please ring 01924 224497.  This is a self-swabbing service and patients will need to be able to undertake the swab themselves or have another householder or carer available to do the swabbing for them.

The service is available for anyone aged 5 upwards for self/carer swabbing.

Mental Health Support Line
This free 24/7 helpline provides mental health support for anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Barnsley.
The service supports people who are:
 At risk of developing mental health problems.
 Diagnosed with common mental health problems.
 Known to mental health services.
 Experiencing mental health distress.
 Seeking information, advice and support.
The service provides a listening ear, emotional support and guidance to other services for both individuals and their carers.
The 24 hour, seven days a week telephone number is: FREEPHONE 0800 183 0558

Wakefield and District Bereavement Support Service
This service, which went live on 1 July, is being delivered by the Prince of Wales Hospice and is for any bereaved adult living in the Wakefield District. People can refer themselves or be referred by any health and social care professional. They will be helped to find ways of coping and living with grief following the death of a significant other. The number is 01977 781452 and more information can be found at
https://www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk/home/patient-in-wakefield/local-services/wakefield-anddistrict-bereavement-support-service/

 

Please click here to read our Covid-19 Privacy Notice.  Please click here to read our Covid-19 transparency notice.

Please click here for the supplementary privacy notice for your summary care record.

Are you aged 13-19 years old?  Click here to see age related guidance on what the surgery and other organisations can offer you.

 


NHS Diabetes Advice helpline NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes. You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.

Rescue pack requests - Covid-19


We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We are not currently changing our usual advice about emergency supplies of antibiotics and steroids. The main reason for this is that we understand neither would help in the early stages of a COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection and people might delay seeking advice if they became increasingly short of breath.

We are getting increased demand for inhalers from people who have not had inhalers for several years. This is not recommended and inhalers should only be restarted if your symptoms have returned. Please only request inhalers if you are currently using them and please visit Asthma UK www.asthma.org.uk or British Lung Foundation www.blf.org.uk for further information. We would also like to reassure you that the large majority of people, even with underlying risk factors, will have a mild to moderate illness and recover well. Information on COVID-19 can be found online at nhs.uk/coronavirus

Please click here for guidance and information about how to support people with dementia and their carers 

http://www.yhscn.nhs.uk/mental-health-clinic/Dementia.php

Do you need non-medical support during the current COVID-19 Outbreak?

 

Live Well Wakefield is a social prescribing service that links adults 18+, registered with a Wakefield GP - like ours, with non-medical support in the local area.

During the current COVID-19 outbreak they’re still accepting social prescribing referrals and are also encouraging referrals from our vulnerable patients who have no support to access shopping, medication delivery and/or befriending support. They can also support you with information on up to date safety advice and help you to access additional support services as appropriate during this time.

 

Information on their standard service and what ‘Social Prescribing’ is, can be found on their website: https://www.livewellwakefield.nhs.uk/ (click on the topic boxes)

At present Live Well Wakefield is unable to offer face to face appointments but all assessments will be completed over phone/email or with a family member if appropriate to ensure they can continue to support all.

To refer yourself – complete their online form https://www.livewellwakefield.nhs.uk/referrals/new , call them on 07881595448 or message them on Facebook @LiveWellWakefield.  Please mention you have been referred by your GP.

Please find the information poster below for Parents.

Parents info for Covid19 and if to visit A+E



 
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