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CORONAVIRUS - More information can be found (right hand column; COVID-19 Information)


We understand that with the announcement of a new lockdown there are going to be a number of patients concerned about the situation, especially those in very vulnerable risk groups and also those with children attending educational settings. The current government advice about high risk groups is available here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Further publication is due Monday and the Government will be writing affected patients. The current guidance for protecting extremely clinically vulnerable groups is available here and is a useful link to send to patients. The GP’s at the surgery have no additional information about and beyond this and are unable to help with requests for sick notes or other letters in such circumstances.


For people concerned about children attending educational settings; we understand and sympathise with the concerns around children attending school at this time, especially if a household has extremely vulnerable members. As a Practice we are very sorry, but the decisions about children attending school are not ours to make. It’s not something that we can help with. We would suggest a discussion between the people involved and the school to decide the best course of action.

Asthma annual review process explained:

For an emergency with your asthma please dial 111, or if you don’t think you need hospital and we are open, you should use the main E-consult and follow the instructions

People with Asthma need a review annually to help them in managing this condition.   This includes a check to make sure they are on the right inhalers, able to use them to best effect and to develop an “asthma action plan” for the unexpected.

The process is explained below:

The review with a clinician for your asthma is made of 2 steps

Step 1 - Completion of an E-consult template for Asthma

Either by https://burneystreetpractice.webgp.com/reviews or this can be accessed via the main Burney Street Practice web site, then E-consult, click “get started”, then far right bottom of the screen is a section called “”need to complete a review?” click on this and “asthma” option appears.  Before starting your E-Consult make sure you have done your peak flow (if you have a meter) and your height. 

Step 2 - A clinician will be in contact with you when the E-consult is completed (usually within one week)

The emailed suggested plan will comprise:

  • Inhaler regime and if any follow up is needed

  • What your current peak flow should be

  • How to manage deteriorating asthma

  • Useful website links for peak flow, inhaler and spacer techniques

The clinician might need to telephone you for more information but will always summarise it the review suggested plan in an email back to you as well.

For really excellent advice and information to help you understand more about asthma and be able to manage it, go to https://www.asthma.org.uk/

For general information on techniques such as:

Peakflow https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/manage-your-asthma/peak-flow/?evid=5907%23externalvideoblock5907

Inhaler technique (mdi) https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/inhaler-videos/pmdi/

Aerochamber/Spacer technique https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/inhalers-medicines-treatments/inhalers-and-spacers/spacers/

Your asthma review is important.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 
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