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Coronavirus vaccination

Monday, April 12, 2021
Posted 7 days ago

The COVID19 vaccination is currently only available through the UK Government Vaccination program. Information on the vaccine, who can get vaccinated and how to arrange this, is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or by telephone, dial 119

It is important that you are registered with an NHS GP if possible, as this will facilitate the process.      

Link to UK Government’s statement on AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine following updated advice from the UK’s medicines regulator (published 7th of April 2021)

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/statement-on-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-following-mhra-update

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Coronavirus

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Posted 9 months ago

Updated 12 April 2021

Coronavirus 2019 ( COVID-2019)

Our offices are open and fully operational, offering face-to-face, zoom and telephone consultations to our patients. 

In line with the UK Government guidance and directives to reduce the transmission of COVID 19, we have the following stringent procedures in place for face to face appointments:

Patients being seen at 2 Lower Sloane Street must first pass a telephonic screening process before they attend the practice. 

  • Do not come to the practice if you have any of the following COVID 19 symptoms;
    • a high temperature 
    • a new, continuous cough
    • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
  • Do not come to the practice if you have been in contact with someone who may have COVID19 in the last 10 days. 
  • We have a strict social distancing and wearing of PPE policy for anyone entering the building.  
  • When attending the practice at 2 Lower Sloane Street:
    • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment. 
    • Face masks need to be worn by patients and their carers on entering the building. Exceptions to this requirement include (but is not limited to):
      • children under the age of 11 (Public Health England does not recommend face coverings for children under the age of 3 for health and safety reasons)
      • people who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability.
      • where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress.

Our admin team are available during office hours to take calls and book telephone, zoom or face to face appointments. Please call us on 0203 9650 556.


UK Government Advice

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

COVID19 Symptoms

  • The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

How to limit the spread

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home
  • Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.
  • If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Social distancing, hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, remain the most important measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Face coverings do not replace these. 
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

When to self-isolate

Self-isolate immediately if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
  • you've tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus
  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
  • someone in your support bubble tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
  • you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive – you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app
  • you arrive in the UK from a country with a high coronavirus risk – see GOV.UK: how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK

How to self-isolate

You must not leave your home if you're self-isolating.

Don’t

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
  • do not go on public transport or use taxis
  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

When to get a test

Get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

The test needs to be done in the first 8 days of having symptoms.

Get a UK Government test to check if you have coronavirus. Either on the internet https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or via telephonedial 119, this is free or we can offer a private test service. For more information on our private COVID 19 testing service including costs please see the SERVICES section on our web site. We will arrange for the test kit to be delivered to you – do not attend the practice.

Tell people you've been in close contact with that you have symptoms

You may want to tell people you've been in close contact with in the past 48 hours that you might have coronavirus. 

For more information on who is a close contact:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

How long to self-isolate

If you test positive, your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days.

Anyone you live with will also need to self-isolate at the same time.

You may need to self-isolate for longer if you get symptoms while self-isolating or your symptoms do not go away.

Read more about how long to self-isolatehttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

Do you need more information?

For the latest UK Government advice regarding COVID19 please use the link below
 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance#guidance-for-the-public

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Posted 9 months ago

Updated 12 April 2021

Street Medical Practice offers reliable testing for both the active COVID-19 infection – the PCR RNA test and to test for antibodies should you have had the COVID-19 virus - the IgG Antibody test.

We meet the UK Governments requirements for the provision of private PCR  general population swab sampling for COVID19. We are on the UK Governments private provider list and in the process of obtaining UKAS accreditation for COVID19 swab sampling. We do not provide Test to Release for persons returning to the UK or lateral flow tests. 

Do I have COVID-19?

The PCR RNA swab test checks for the active presence of the virus. It is most accurate to detect the virus between 1 to 5 days after symptoms first present. This is on average 6 to 11 days after exposure to the virus. Some may experience milder or no symptoms but still be infected with the virus.

A swab is taken from the nose and throat and sent to our regular laboratory, TDL (The Doctors Laboratory).  Results are reported in 1 to 2 working days from the date of the test. 

A letter reporting the test result and copy of laboratory report will be sent to you by email or Royal Mail.

This test can either be taken by a Doctor at 2 Lower Sloane Street or sent to a patients home as a self-sample kit. If you have symptoms or someone in your household has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID 19 then a test kit needs to be sent to you and you should not come in to the Practice.

Cost: 

For the test taken by a Doctor at 2 Lower Sloane Street:

  • If the test is part of normal consultation at 2 Lower Sloane Street to also cover other topics during the visit, the Doctors cost will be covered within the normal consultation fee of £150 plus £95 for the COVID19 PCR laboratory test cost (per person)
  • If the consultation at 2 lower Sloane Street is only for the COVID swab test and no other topics are covered during the consultation, the cost will be £90 plus + £95 for the COVID19 PCR laboratory test cost (per person).  If other topics are covered then the cost will be £150 plus + £95 for the COVID19 PCR laboratory test cost (per person).  
  • Patients on the annual subscription, the cost is £95 for the COVID19 PCR laboratory cost (per person)

Patient self-sample PCR test kit sent to the patient’s home. 

  • The cost is £140 plus any courier or transport cost if the kit is not posted to the patient.

Have I had COVID-19?

IgG antibodies are usually produced some weeks after exposure to a virus and can signify immunity.

With this antibody test IgG antibodies can be detected 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. This test can confirm if you had previously been exposed to COVID-19. It is important to note that if you had mild symptoms only, the test may be negative. Most people who recover from coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies. It is important to note that it is not yet known if an individual with a positive result for IgG following COVID-19 infection will be protected, fully or partially either from future infection, or for how long protective immunity may last.

 The antibody test is an accredited and reliable laboratory based test. The antibody test we are offering requires a standard blood sample taken at the surgery and is sent to the laboratory. This test (Abbott IgG antibody test) has been independently evaluated and verified. It has a sensitivity of 96.77% (this means the ability of the test to correctly identify those who have had the disease) and specificity of 100% (this means the ability of the test to correctly identify those who have not had the disease) when tested at least 14 days after exposure to the virus.

The test result may no longer be positive if the symptoms occurred more than 3 months ago.  

A blood sample will be taken at the practice during a consultation and sent to our regular laboratory, TDL (The Doctors Laboratory), for a result within 1-2 working days after the date of the test.

Please book a consultation if you would like this test. It is important to book a minimum of 14 days after the onset of symptoms for the blood test to be reliable.

A letter reporting the test result and copy of laboratory report will be sent to you by email or Royal Mail.

Cost: 

For the test taken by a Doctor at 2 Lower Sloane Street:

  • If the test is part of a normal consultation to cover other topics during the visit, the Doctors cost will be covered within the normal consultation fee of £150 plus £50 for the COVID laboratory test cost (per person)
  • If the consultation is only for the COVID antibody test and no other topics are covered during the consultation, the cost will be £90 plus + £50 for the COVID laboratory test cost (per person).  If other topics are covered then the cost will be £150 plus + £50 for the COVID laboratory test cost (per person).