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Wye SurgeryOxenturn RoadWye, Kent, TN25 5AYTel: 01233 884585
If you have possible COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person, please stay at home and follow the guidelines.
Otherwise, we are open as usual for appointments. We appreciate some patients may be anxious about coming into a medical setting at this time, but don’t let worries about Covid-19 prevent you coming to us with other health concerns.
We are here for you - remember early diagnosis can save lives and improve quality of life.
To help safeguard you and us during the pandemic, we have put in place a number of new precautions and special procedures for appointments:
> Special precautions at appointments > Don’t delay medical care for other health conditions
Special precautions at appointments
Here’s what to expect when you come in for an appointment at Wye Surgery, during Covid-19:
Don’t delay medical care for other conditions
If you have other health concerns, don’t delay seeking medical help because of Covid-19.
We are here for you – so if you need to see a doctor don’t wait. Get yourself properly checked out as soon as possible.
Although many minor illnesses do go away by themselves, serious illnesses rarely do.
During the pandemic we have seen far fewer patients who would normally need further investigation for possible underlying cancer.
A&E departments are also less busy and experiencing dangerously late presentation of strokes and heart attacks.
It could be that people are reluctant to bother the NHS at a challenging time or are worried about catching Covid-19 if they go out.
Either way - delaying essential medical care is a big concern.
All medical settings are taking special precautions to safeguard patients from coronavirus.
The treatment of serious conditions like above has advanced hugely in the last 20 years. The sooner you seek treatment the better your outcome is likely to be.
DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY If any of the following applies to you (or a member of your household):
Stay at home and go to NHS 111 Online - check your symptoms and get guidance on what to do, based on the details you enter.
For more help and info, go to COVID-19 Advice.
The main symptoms are high temperature, persistent dry cough and loss of/changes in your sense of taste and/or smell.
Other possible symptoms may include tiredness, aches and pains, headache, difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, sputum, sore throat and diarrhoea.
If you are worried about your symptoms do not come into Wye Surgery. Instead use the NHS Online Corona Virus Service to guide you through what to do and how to access medical care. If you don't have access to the internet, phone 111.
Support is also available to help you recover from any after effects of a Covid-19 infection
With so much rapidly changing information about Covid-19, it’s sometimes hard to know what to rely on. Here are some useful pages containing latest information from official sources.
NHS - Useful web pages
Online Symptom Checker Self isolation and treatment Supporting your recovery after COVID-19 Shielding advice for ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ Hand washing video Preventing spread of germs in the home Kent and Medway CCG local info
Government / Regulator web links Government guidance Travel advice during covid-19 Support for domestic abuse during Covid 19 Antibody testing Working safely and restarting work Advice for parents in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing Looking after your own mental health
Some pdfs to download
Help and advice for 13-19 year olds pdf Domestic abuse – sources of help pdf Covid-19 Guidance for Parents pdf Use of your Personal Health Data during Covid-19 pdf
Recovering from COVID-19
Recovering from a COVOID-19 infection may take time and could even be challenging.
This NHS website www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk has lots of info to help you:
Covid Vaccinations are free of charge. We have been advised that patients are now receiving text messages and emails asking them to follow a link and enter payment details in order to book their COVID vaccination, please be aware this is a scam and patients will NEVER be asked to pay for their COVID vaccinations.
We’re working flat out with 5 other practices to roll out vaccinations to our patients as part of the phased national programme shown below (which includes 99% of those at highest risk).
We’ll contact you when it’s your turn (please don’t call us, you won’t be forgotten).
CARE HOMES (for older Adults)
All those aged 80 years or older, plus frontline health and social care workers
All those aged 75 and over
All those aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable
All those aged 65 and over
Higher risk 16-64
All those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of serious disease and death
All those aged 60 and over
All those aged 55 and over
All those aged 50 and over
Please remember: Our plans are totally reliant on vaccine deliveries and logistical issues and the programme will take several months to deliver. Thank you for your patience. Our staff are working extremely hard on this and your support is truly appreciated.
Please help protect yourself, friends and loved ones by getting vaccinated when you are invited.
Find out more: For more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Kent and Medway please visit www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine
For national information about the vaccine visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/