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Flu vaccination

Flu awareness

Protect yourself and have a flu shot! Vaccine is in by end of September. 

Corona Virus

The NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

 

Call 111 now if you've been:

  • to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
  • to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

 

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, a nd wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

The Care Quality Commission has rated the surgery as Good

Botolph Bridge Surgery was inspected by a team from the Care Quality Commission on 15 November 2018.  The team, which included a GP, nurse and practice manager, spent the day at the surgery speaking the members of staff and patients, and concluded that it should be rated as Good in the five domains of Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-Led.  A copy of the CQC's report can be downloaded from https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-498344745#accordion-

You can now cancel your appointment by text

Botolph Bridge surgery has implemented a new text messaging service that not only confirms your appointment with a doctor or nurse, but allows you to cancel the appointment by replying CANCEL to the confirmation text.  Take advantage of this service by making sure that you are signed up to receive texts from the surgery.

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