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Important News Covid-19 Virus

Derby Road site will be operating as an isolation site  from Monday 23rd March. The site will be manned by a full team of staff working via telephone and  e mail. We are also hoping to start using video consultations as well. All patients who need to be seen will be seen at  the Pinewood site where infection control protocols will be followed to prevent the spread of infection including the use of personal protective equipment such as masks, aprons, gloves and goggles. In the possible event that staff are forced to self isolate and / or become unwell , we will re -deploy staff from the Derby Road site as and when required. We hope in this way to preserve a resilient workforce for as long as possible. Any patient attending the Pinewood site will be given instructions to wait in the car park until asked to come into the surgery. ALL patient requests for appointments will continue to be assessed and prioritized by telephone and by e mail.  It is clear to us that many routine procedures and treatments will be delayed as we attempt to meet the needs of our most vulnerable and ill patients. We apologize sincerely for this and ask for the understanding of our patients.

For more details on specifics, please see the newsletter below.

Derby Road Patient Newsletter March 2020-Download

here: Patient Newsletter March 2020

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Please follow the link below for up to date advice from NHS England

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Items no longer available on prerscription

Following positive consultation with the CCG and our Patient Participation Group we have agreed not to prescribe the items in the list below, irrespective of the age or status of the patient.

To buy all the health services in Ipswich and East Suffolk the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has an annual budget of £378 Million. This has to buy all prescribed medicines, and all community and hospital care. Financial pressures on the NHS mean that we have to be very careful with prescribing, to ensure enough money is available for vital services, and all of us can help with this by buying simple items over the counter.

Restricted items we are not able to prescribe include:

 

Anti-histaminesAllergy eye drops & nasal sprays
Intermittent use of paracetamol & ibuprofenThrush treatment unless under sixteen or pregnant
GavisconAcute diarrhoea treatments
VitaminsEar wax removers
Aqueous cream & bath/shower emollientsHeadlice and threadworm treatments
SuncreamsMouthwashes
Anti-inflammatory gelsSenna & other laxatives & IBS treatments
Haemorrhoid creamOintments & drops for dry eyes

 

Please remember that every £1,000 saved by these measures means that another patient can have a cataract operation. Every £300 saved funds a 999 ambulance call. Thank you for your help.

Contact details for CCG: england.contactus@nhs.net

 
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