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Coronavirus

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Posted 3 months ago

Coronavirus 2019 ( COVID-2019)

Our offices are now open and we are seeing patients at 2 Lower Sloane Street.

However, in line with the UK Government guidance and directives to reduce the transmission of COVID 19, Street Medical Practice will still be offering telephone and where needed video consultations as appropriate.  Patients being seen at 2 Lower Sloane Street must first pass a telephonic screening process before they attend the practice. 
 
When attending the practice at 2 Lower Sloane Street:

  • PPE such as face masks will be available when you attend the clinic or you can bring your own.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes prior to your appointment. This is to ensure social distancing can be maintained in the reception area.

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

Public Health England Advice

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

  • 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).
  • If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, then you should immediately self-isolate stay at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. See the stay at home guidance and this explanatory diagram for further information.
  • You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online service. If you have do not have internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should arrange a test by visiting NHS.UK, or contact 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
  • 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.

For the latest advice from Public Health England Website, please use the link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Thank you for your understanding during this time.



 

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COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Posted 3 months ago

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.

Do I have COVID-19?

If you have the symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with people who have the virus and would like to know if you have the virus, the PCR RNA swab test is the most appropriate test to use in this situation.
 
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 2 - 3 working days.
 
A letter reporting the test result and copy of laboratory report will be sent to you by email or Royal Mail.
 
Cost:

  • If the test is part of normal consultation to cover other topics during the visit, the cost will be a normal consultation fee of £150 plus £95 for the COVID laboratory test cost (per person)
  • If the consultation is only for the COVID swab test and no other issues are covered during the consultation, the cost will be £90 plus + £95 for the COVID laboratory test cost (per person).  If other issues are covered then the cost will be £150 plus + £50 for the COVID laboratory test cost (per person). 
  • Patients on the annual subscription, the cost is £95 for the COVID laboratory cost (per person)

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. It is different to the finger-prick cartridge-type tests that the UK chief medical officer previously advised people to avoid due to their proven lack of accuracy.  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. This means that inaccurate results are very unlikely and we feel confident offering it.
 
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.
 
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:

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

Care Quality Commission

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Posted 1 years ago