Keeping you, our colleagues and other patients safe
Despite the new national lockdown, all planned treatments and appointments will go ahead as normal unless you are told otherwise.
To keep our services as safe as possible please attend appointments on your own unless there is a genuine need for someone to accompany you, such as a carer, interpreter or other supporter.
We are proud to have been supporting the NHS in its response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. COVID-19 has meant that across all areas of our lives we are having to do things differently. Our facilities are also making changes to keep everyone safe while continuing to care for those who need us most.
Here are some of the measures we’ve put in place to help ensure everyone’s safety:
We have increased our cleaning routines and removed some ‘high touch point’ equipment such as vending machines and water dispensers.
Hand washing is one of the most important ways for us all to reduce the spread of the virus. All colleagues and patients are required to practice good hand hygiene; we have regular hand wash stops, and guidance on how to wash your hands effectively is visible throughout our buildings. We have also increased the number of hand sanitising dispensers available and we urge you to use these at every opportunity.
In order for our colleagues and patients to be able to maintain social distancing we have made some important adjustments to our facilities, including; new signage indicating where to sit, stand or walk while social distancing from others, as well as screens to provide a safety barrier between our patients and colleagues. In our waiting rooms we’ve repositioned furniture so that those waiting to be seen can keep a safe distance.
Additionally we are limiting the number of people who are able to enter our facilities and are exercising a strict hand washing policy, with colleagues and patients wearing appropriate levels of protection at all times. Where possible we have introduced one-way systems.
To help reduce the number of people coming to and from our facilities, we have where possible introduced virtual appointments which mean your assessment can take place via video call or telephone so that you don’t need to leave home unless it’s necessary. We have made the process simple and intuitive to follow so that you can use it with ease. A translator or chaperone can even join the conversation too.
All patients are screened for signs and symptoms of infection and patients are advised to self-isolate for an appropriate number of days prior to coming in for their surgery.
As healthcare workers Practice Plus Group staff are eligible for the same testing as NHS colleagues and anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 is immediately sent home to self isolate and they are tested without delay.
|Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
To help ensure we remain a COVID-19 free location – and in line with the latest government advice – patients are required to wear their own non-medical face coverings when visiting us. This can be a mask, scarf or any other fabric face covering that covers your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
When you come to see us you may notice that some of our colleagues are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, aprons or gloves. While this will look strange, please don’t be alarmed; this is to keep everyone safe and means you will be much better protected against the virus.
Visiting is restricted and our preference is for you to use your personal devices to stay in touch with your loved ones during your short stay with us. However, special arrangements can be made to accommodate any specific needs that you or your loved one may have, so please let us know.
If you are being collected after your time with us and that person needs details of your discharge and any follow up care, a colleague will escort you to them and explain everything they need to know from outside the building.
If you are being escorted to one of our hospitals or surgical centres, we ask please that your escort should stay in the car and if possible you should check in at the main reception on your own. If you do rely on assistance in order to move safely, then no more than one person may accompany you to the reception desk. Our friendly colleagues will be on hand to help you from reception onwards.