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28 July

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I am sure, like us, you are very relieved that the numbers of positive cases of Coronavirus are still very low in Somerset. With the easing of lockdown measures, it may feel as if things are “getting back to normal”.

However, in line with Public Health England guidance, the surgery is still minimising face-to-face contact in order to keep our patients and our staff safe. This means that our doors remain locked, Wedmore Surgery is still being used as our COVID assessment centre and, if you do need to be seen face-to-face, you will be asked to wear a face covering, your temperature will be checked upon entry and the person you see will be wearing full PPE.

We have had a couple of dissatisfied patients who have been unhappy with these arrangements claiming that they were “ridiculous”. We would like to remind you that Coronavirus hasn’t gone away yet and probably never will.

Our clinicians are not wearing full PPE because they want to. It is a necessity. We are not taking your temperature at the door because we want to take up your time. It is a necessity. We do not ask you to wear a face covering because we don’t want to look at your face. It is a necessity.

Also, we have had a small number of incidents where patients have answered no to all the screening questions at the front door and then, when they have arrived in the room with the clinician, they have disclosed that, in fact, they do have symptoms of Coronavirus.

This triggers a very time consuming and costly protocol which involves deep cleaning of the room and disposal of anything in that room that cannot be cleaned. Please be mindful of the government guidance and, if you have a temperature of 37.8 or above now or in the last seven days, and/or a new and continuous cough and/or a change in taste or smell, stay home and arrange to be tested. This is the only way that we will continue to minimise the spread of the virus.

The Team at Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice

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10 July  Going out this weekend?

Going to the pub tonight, don’t overdo it.

The more you drink, the less inhibited you feel. You might forget about social distancing and washing your hands. Try not to. And remind your friends.

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5 July
Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice

Happy Birthday, NHS!

17 hrs
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1 July

The warmer weather can have its downfalls, – itchy insect bites
the following link gives advise on caring for insect bites and stings

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/insect-bites-and-stings/

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13 June

Do you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell?

Stay alert to the symptoms of #coronavirus.

No one in your household should leave home if any one person has symptoms.

10 June

Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice

4 hrs

The NHS Test and Trace service has launched.

Everyone in the #Southwest can play a part in controlling the virus, if you:

get coronavirus symptoms

OR

have been in contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.

Full info: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

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Wash your hands regularly, with soap and water, to protect yourself against coronavirus.

#StayAlert

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8 June

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7 May

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Your midwife and maternity team are still here to support you. If you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact them.

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** If you have any queries our Reception team can be contacted on 01934 732464 at normal opening times**

25 April

The Somerset Educational Psychology Service is offering families 30min telephone consultations to discuss any concerns about your child/ren during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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18 April at 23:20

Can I go outside to exercise more than once a day if I need to?

Rethink mental illness article for people severely affected by mental illness during #COVID19 includes new government information about exercise restrictions 👇

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Information to help you ease or overcome the problems of living with a severe mental illness during a pandemic.
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**Important information about how your GP Practice will be operating in the coming weeks due to the Coronavirus pandemic**

As you will be aware, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the way in which all NHS services are now being provided has significantly changed.

The practice will be open on Bank Holiday Friday (10th April) and Monday (13th April) for urgent medical problems.

The teams at Axbridge and Wedmore Medical Practice and Highbridge Medical Centre have come together to provide a strengthened service for our patients.

If you have an urgent medical problem, please telephone your practice in the normal way. The receptionist will take your details and a member of the clinical team will telephone you to discuss your problem. If at all possible, they will try to help you over the telephone or by video consultation. Please only attend the practice if specifically requested to do so by the clinician. You may find that the clinical team managing your care will be different to the team you normally deal with but please be assured that they will have access to your full clinical records.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.

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