Novel Coronavirus Information and Advice
PLEASE DO NOT PRESENT AT THE MEDICAL PRACTICE IF YOU HAVE RETURNED FROM CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, MACAU, MALAYSIA, KOREA, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS. MYANMAR, THAILAND, IRAN OR NORTHERN ITALY IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS, OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ANYONE WITH NOVEL CORONAVIRUS.
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.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
- - Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- - Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- - Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- - Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Advice for Travellers:
If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days OR Iran, lockdown areas in Northern Italy or Special Care zones in South Korea since 19th February 2020 you should immediately stay indoors and avoid contact with other people. Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area - Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
If you develop symptoms:
If you have travelled from China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Northern Italy (defined by a line above, and not including, Pisa, Florence and Rimini) to the UK in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, please do not leave your home and call NHS 111 immediately even if your symptoms are minor.
This is an evolving situation and the advice has changed based on emerging information. We will update our website as further guidance becomes available. Further information can be found on the Public Health England website.
NOTICE OF PRACTICE CLOSURES
We are occasionally closed for training events. Please click here
for dates and further details.
If you are 65 or over, pregnant, or have certain medical conditions, you are entitled to a FREE FLU VACCINATION at Steyning Medical Practice. Please call us to book an appointment. For further information regarding eligibility, click here. For further information about the NHS app, click here.
NEW NHS APP
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
If you already use SystmOnline, you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well. Click here for more information.
armed forces veteran friendly
We are delighted to announce that we are now an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly accredited GP Practice. This means that, as part of the health commitments of the Armed Forces Covenant, we have a dedicated clinician who has a specialist knowledge of military related health conditions and veteran specific health services. This is important in helping ex-forces to get the best care and treatment. If you are ex-forces, please let your GP know, to help ensure you are getting the best possible care.
Electronic Prescription Service
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) will soon replace paper prescriptions in GP practices in England. This means that prescriptions will instead be sent electronically by the GP to a pharmacy of your choice. You will no longer be able to collect a paper repeat prescription from the Practice – instead, you will go straight to your nominated pharmacy to pick up your medicines.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop. Furthermore, because your pharmacist has already received your electronic prescription, they may be able to prepare your items in advance, so you may be able pick it up with no extra wait. We are therefore asking our patients to nominate an EPS pharmacy. Please speak to a member of staff to update your preference. Click here for further information.
GP Improved Access Hubs – We’re here for you, for longer
GP and nurse appointments are now available during the evening up to 8pm during the week and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday for people across Coastal West Sussex. These appointments may be at Steyning Medical Practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP practice locally. Click here for more information
We would like to thank the 98% of patients who attended their appointments with us in January 2020.
Please think of others when you can no longer attend or need your scheduled appointment. If you cannot attend, please call 01903 843400. You can now also reply to your sms reminder with the word 'cancel'.
Our cqc report
Following our inspection, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have rated our services and healthcare provision as 'good'. Click here to see the full report.