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The Carterton COVID Hub is now closed due to lack of demand, the Practice are now seeing their own patients with symptoms of coronavirus, there is a special number to phone for advice from the available GP, there are two parking spaces cornered off , patients arrive by arrangement, a GP fully kitted out in PPE goes out to the car, checks the oxygen saturation level and if necessary refers straight to hospital . Or if not in a car, the patient is taken through a back entrance to an isolated room where they are assessed.

If you are unable to get to the surgery, and are feeling unwell with the symptoms of COVID, please phone 111 as previously advised. Details on the Health page.

Smears and routine blood tests have restarted and the backlog is being addressed, but people will shortly be contacted for their reviews in line with their birth date.

For any appointment when you have been asked to come in, ring the bell , you need to wear your face mask to enter. ( There will be a supply of face masks if you do not have one) There is a temperature check as you go in for your test.

People with mobility problems can stay in their car and someone can come out to you.

You should only ever go into the Practice by yourself unless you are unable to.

There have been a number of  requests for blood to be taken for private antibody ( post infection) Covid tests ( home kits bought at pharmacies) The Practice is unable to help with this for the very good reason that the tests are not currently approved by public health and can be unreliable.

Nikki Rycroft · Wed 3 Jun 2020, 15:49 · Link

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