Middlewood Partnership is committed to providing our patients with a safe and responsive service that meets the needs of patients at this very difficult time.
Demand for primary care has increased significantly over the last week and in addition, our valued staffing levels have dropped due to the COVID19 outbreak. We are extremely grateful to all our patients for their understanding as we seek to manage this unprecedented situation.
Inevitably, we have had to make some difficult decisions and reorganise our services to meet this growing need whilst protecting patients and our remaining staff. Across the country, a number of GP surgeries have been left with no other option, but to close their doors and not offer any face to face appointments. We are in the fortunate position to have multiple sites and hence are able to allocate different patient groups, on the basis of their clinical need, to the most appropriate place to keep them and our staff as safe as possible.
Hence starting on Monday 23rd March, we will see potentially infectious patients at one site where we have robust isolation and infection control measures in place (McIlvride medical practice). Other stable but vulnerable patients from across the whole of the Middlewood Partnership area who require a face to face consultation will be seen at Priorslegh or Bollington medical centre. We currently do not have the available staff and doctors to host face to face consultations at The Schoolhouse Surgery, but Disley residents should be reassured that if a face to face consultation is deemed necessary they will be offered an appointment in Poynton or Bollington. We are currently managing the vast majority of our patients either via our online portal through our website or via telephone and therefore we envisage the number of people requiring a face to face consultation to be small. We are mindful of the potential transport issues and are looking at solutions for the small number of patients that will require assistance. We will continue to offer home visits for housebound patients needing medical attention.
The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are 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.
in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
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 catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals 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