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Latest News and Advice regarding CoronaVirus

The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Call 111 now if you've been:
• to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

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Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

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Shazia Ahmed (f)

Shazia is a Clinical Pharmacist working at the practice 4 days a week.  She can provide further information on your medication and discuss any side effects you are suffering from your medication.  Shazia can help if you are confused about your medication or need to discuss any medication related issues.

Community Midwives

The community midwives offer care and support to all women from the beginning of pregnancy until the child is one month old. The antenatal clinic is every Tuesday afternoon and by appointment only. 

The main office for the midwives is at the Royal Oldham Hospital and is manned Monday to Friday from 08:00 -16:00 and on weekends all recorded messages are picked up at 14:00.

Community Nurses

District Nurses

The District Nursing services are provided to Oldham residents who are over 16 years old. While the major part of district nursing is carried out in the home, district nurses also work in hostels, residential homes and health centres. District nurses work alongside the doctors and practice nurses at the surgery and also with other agencies such as social services. Contact Number for Glodwick District Nurses is 622 9131

Community Matron Service

The Community Matron is a highly trained and experienced nurse who works with patients and carers as locally as possible. They work closely with GPs, health, social and voluntary services to utilise existing services effectively and achieve greater health and well-being for people with long term conditions. The community matron’s work with people aged 65 and over.  Contact number for Commuity Matrons is 621 7184

Health Visitors

A health visitor is a registered nurse who has received training particularly related to babies, children and pregnant women. Their role is to provide families with children under five years old with support and advice around the general aspects of mental, physical and social wellbeing.  Contact Number for Health Visitors is 622 1918