Update To Services Due To Covid-19

Prioritisation of GP Workload

It will come as no shock to say that we are under an immense amount of pressure in primary care with the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Therefore, it is crucial that Ashford Medical Partnership ceases all non-essential work and will ONLY continue with urgent/essential activities.

In line with the recommendations made by the Royal College of GP's, the following services will be suspended until 31st March 2021, but kept under review:

  • IUCD checks and change
  • Pessary change
  • New patient checks
  • Medication reviews in stable patients
  • Frailty and over 75 routine annual reviews
  • Minor surgery
  • Non-urgent investigations
  • Vitamin B12 injections - unless clinically indicated
  • Non-core and locally commissioned services

Ashford Medical Partnership will be prioritising the following:

  • COVID-19 vaccinations
  • COVID+ pathways including pulse oximetry
  • Care home support
  • Serious acute illness and deterioration in long term conditions
  • Support for people with mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism
  • Ensure support for the digitally excluded/extremely clinically vulnerable patients with appointments
  • Ensure essential drug monitoring
  • Palliative and end-of-life care, including Advance Care Planning
  • High risk or poorly controlled long term condition care
  • Postnatal care
  • Continuing bloods for medicine monitoring to support high-risk long-term conditions

All NHS England commissioned services must continue (including smears, immunisations and vaccinations)

Please could we also ask you to phone the surgery or to enquire through E-Consult if you have a request for us.

If you do come down to one of our sites for an appointment you will be requested to wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving the building. The reception team will also COVID screen you before allowing you into the building.

Thank you to all of you for your understanding during these times and we hope that you are staying safe

Published: Jan 15, 2021

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