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Self Isolation for 14 days before elective Admission
The Practice has been receiving requests from patients for Med3's (sicknotes) or letters for their employers, when the patient has been notified that they (or a member of the household) need to self-isolate for 14 days prior to elective Admission to hospital.
The LMC (local Medical council) advise that unless the patient is ill a MED3 should NOT be issued.
We therefore advise:
- The Admission letter from the hospital should be sufficient evidence for an employer.
- Click this link NHS 111 to self declare and apply for a self-isolation note. You should answer yes to the question: “Have you been told to self-isolate by an NHS service or a healthcare professional?” and tick the box that says “I have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service” you will be able to get a self-isolation note sent to you.
- Print this this template and give a copy for your employers.
Facial Coverings and Exemption Cards Update July 2020
The wearing of masks by staff and face coverings by the public will play a role in preventing the spread of infection so that patients and visitors can attend practices without fear of contamination. It will also reduce the risk of a whole team within a practice being required to self-isolate should one member contract COVID-19.
It is now mandatory to wear facial coverings on public transport and to wear a facial covering in shops/supermarkets.
To find out;
- when you can take your mask off
- to learn about different types of masks
- how to be safe wearing a mask
- if you’re exempt from wearing a mask
Please click here
Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients
Our Practice (like many others) is seeing an increase in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wear face masks in various public settings. The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (e.g. bus driver).
The BMA has indicated that practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves.
Being Exempt from Wearing a Face Mask
We understand that some people can’t wear a face mask or covering because of a disability or severe distress.
The link below provides Learning Disability Exemption Cards, Autism Exemption Cards and Parent and Child Exemption Cards. Download the PDF below to print your exemption card
Information about testing for Coronavirus in Rotherham
People in Rotherham can now get a test to check if you have COVID-19 (coronavirus) even if they do not have symptoms.
The new rules for Rotherham and the rest of South Yorkshire have been introduced because our infection rate is still too high, and we need to do more to stop people from getting the virus.
Anyone can ask for a test who has not already been tested positive for COVID-19.
Where do I get a test?
There are two mobile testing units in Rotherham: Midland Road old bus depot and Herringthorpe playing fields. These sites are open from 10am to 3.30pm daily, but you must book an appointment first by using the NHS national portal. Ask for a coronavirus test on NHS.UK
Unfortunately, the NHS 119 number is not available for asymptomatic bookings at the moment.
People with symptoms, however mild, can use both the online booking system and the 119 to book a test. Symptoms include:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
When requesting a test, you'll be asked for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address.
You can also ask for a testing kit to be posted to you so you can complete the test at home.
What the test involves
The test usually involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud. You can do the swab yourself or someone can do it for you.
What does the result mean?
If you receive a negative result this means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time you were tested. You must still follow the guidelines and exercise caution to prevent you from getting the virus. This means:
· Keeping two metres apart
· Washing your hands often
· And getting another test if you develop any of the symptoms, no matter how mild.
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If you test positive for coronavirus you will need to isolate for seven days. Members of your household will need to isolate for 14 days.
A contact tracer from the NHS Test and Track Service will call, text or email you to ask who you have recently come into contact with and any places you have visited. Once you have done this, everyone you have identified will be alerted by text or email.
If you are a contact of someone with COVID-19
If you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service that you are a contact of someone with COVID-19, and you live in Rotherham, you must get tested, even if you have not been told to do so previously. This is a special arrangement for people living in South Yorkshire. Also, if you are a known contact you must self-isolate for 14 days even if you get a negative test result as you may still be incubating the infection. Finally, you should then get tested again on day 12 of your isolation period to check you have not developed Coronavirus.
Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website
Help the fight against COVID-19
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admissions and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if:
- You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- a continuous new or worsening cough
- a high temperature
- You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
- You are aged 65 or above
To find out more visit: www.principletrial.org
PRINCIPLE TRIAL - Help the fight against COVID-19