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Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Antibody testing is being rolled out in Suffolk and North East Essex in a safe and phased way. It has begun within our hospitals.  We will keep you updated as to when this test is available to wider staff and patient groups.  Meanwhile, please may we request that you do not ask your GP about availability.  Please also note that as this is a new disease we don’t yet know if having antibodies means you are immune. 

Other Services

Maternity Services

All partners offer Maternity Services supported by the Practice Midwives who work with the Doctors in providing antenatal and postnatal care.  The Midwives will make antenatal and postnatal home visits and arrange antenatal classes.

As General Practitioners of Medicine we are very happy to provide antenatal and postnatal care for our patients.  However, as we are not GP Obstetricians we are not able to undertake home deliveries.

Community Midwives Contact Number- Call 01473 702666, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

If you need to speak to a community midwife, please use contact the above number.

For urgent or emergency enquires out-of-hours or at the weekend, please telephone Deben Delivery Suite on 01473 703040, or Brook Birth Centre on 01473 703020.

Hospice Services

We work closely with the specialist MacMillan Nurses and St Elizabeth Hospice who work with patients with advanced illnesses, including cancer, motor-neurone disease and other life-threatening illnesses to ensure that they experience a good quality of life.  Together we strive to enable patients wherever possible to be free of pain and other symptoms including emotional distress.

There is no charge to patients as the Hospice is funded by donation.

www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk

NHS Breast Screening Programme

Invitations to Breast Screening are sent out automatically by the Health Authority every three years to women aged between 50 and 70.  Women under 50 are not offered routine screening because it is more difficult to detect in the younger woman and also because the incidence of breast cancer in this age group is lower.

Over 50, breast cancer is more common and interpretation of the x-ray more reliable.  Women can ask their GP to refer them to a hospital breast clinic if they are concerned about a specific breast problem or otherwise worried about the risk of breast cancer.  This is not part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

There has been some instances women were not being invited for their final breast screen between their 68th and 71st birthday. Women on a GP register in England, now aged 70 & 79 years, will receive a letter. Those aged up to 72 will be sent a catch up screening invitation. Women aged 72 and above will be offered the opportunity for a screen.
Routine breast screening will be unaffected and most women in these age groups will still have received their final screen.
The Helpline telephone number is 0800 169 2692 if you need any advice.

One Life Suffolk

Please visit them on: https://onelifesuffolk.co.uk/ for more information.

 
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