Physical attendance at a doctor’s surgery is now considered a high risk as the number of cases and deaths continues to rise.
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Are GP surgeries open today?
Most surgeries have closed their doors to physical patients and are now offering telephone appointments.
After Boris Johnson’s speech on Monday night, physical attendance at surgeries is now considered high risk.
It varies by surgery, though, with some accepting patients who have pre-booked appointments and some now conducting them over the phone.
Check with your GP on their working practices today either on their website or by phoning them.
What should I do if I have an appointment?
Phone your GP if you were due to attend the doctor’s surgery for an appointment.
That is unless you have coronavirus symptoms, in which case the advice is to stay away from GP surgeries.
Most surgeries are now offering telephone triage to assess people and any further course of treatment needed.
Can I still book an appointment or repeat prescription?
This depends on your surgery’s current practices.
Most surgeries are offering telephone triage and appointments to their patients rather than have them come into the surgery.
Repeat prescription requests can be done online for surgeries that have this facility set up.
What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?
If you have either a fever or a new and continuous cough the NHS website advises you to stay home and away from others.
The advice is to self-isolate for a period of 14 days and avoid going to places like a GP surgery or hospital.
Anybody who lives in your household should also self-isolate if you’re feeling ill.
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When should I call 111?
The NHS have set up an online 111 service for patients who think they might have coronavirus.
If you think you have symptoms of the big, fill in the online questionnaire and you’ll be directed to help in your area.