IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS
***New measures will be coming into force at Forres Health Centre from Monday 16th March 2020***
ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CENTRE WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE WITH PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY. Appointments can no longer be made at Reception and must be made by telephone.
This step is taken to ensure that we provide a safe service for patients and staff, protecting the most vulnerable / elderly patients in light of the current situation and using guidance from NHS and UK & Scottish Governments.
Some patients with pre-booked appointments may be contacted to change their appointments to telephone or video consultations instead.
NO PATIENTS SHOULD ATTEND THE HEALTH CENTRE WITH SYMPTOMS OF COUGH / FEVER / SHORTNESS OF BREATH – THE CURRENT ADVICE IS TO STAY AT HOME AND DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE FOR 7 DAYS. THIS ACTION WILL HELP PROTECT OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHILST YOU ARE INFECTIOUS. THERE IS NO NEED TO CALL THE GP OR NHS111 UNLESS YOUR CONDITION DETERIORATES OR YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT GET BETTER AFTER 7 DAYS.
ANY PATIENTS WHO ARE ACUTELY UNWELL OR WHOSE CONDITION IS DETERIORATING SHOULD CALL US AND A MEMBER OF THE DUTY TEAM WILL GIVE ADVICE OR TREATMENT.
We would like to reassure patients that they will continue to have access to medical advice and treatment, however they MUST call to make an appointment and cannot attend at the Health Centre until they do this.
**Please share this information with family and friends, as we appreciate that not everyone has online / social media access**
Here is the latest NHS Guidance: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Here is the latest Government Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
What is coronavirus?
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan city, China. This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully.