Welcome to Southwell Medical Centre
Advice and Guidance for Suspected Symptoms of the Coronavirus Virus
Actions on return from China
If you have returned from Mainland China in the last 14 days and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Fever (a temperature of 38 degrees C or higher)
- stay indoors, do not attend work or school
- do not travel whist feeling ill
- avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues in the bin
- wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available
- call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area(Your GP Practice is unable to help you with these symptoms and will direct you to the NHS 111 service)
If you have lived with or had close contact (within 2 metres for 15 minutes of more) with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV, you should contact NHS 111 for further advice.
If you have returned from China and you are not unwell at the moment, you do not need to contact any of the NHS services. If you do become unwell, call NHS 111 immediately in order for you to be assessed by an appropriate specialist, as quickly as possible.
General guidance on the prevention and spread of any infection
There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
- avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
- if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
- cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
- if you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or another healthcare environment
- see further information and the Public Health England Blog
There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
We now open at 7am for blood taking only. ALL other services (including reception & dispensary) are closed until 8.00am
Please update us with your mobile number and consent to receive SMS messages if you wish to receive text messages from us.
We close at 12pm for half day staff training at
midday on Wednesday 11th March 2020.
Self-Referral For Physiotherapy
You can now self-refer for physiotherapy WITHOUT SEEING A DOCTOR.
Have a look at the poster below and then complete the form. This can be returned directly to the Physio team by
email, post or via the surgery - there are even physio sessions at the practice.
Physiotherapy self-referral poster
Physiotherapy self-referral form
The doctors and staff seek to provide the highest level of care for all patients and also wish to develop, through Southwell Patient Participation Group (SPPG),
a partnership between our patients and the professionals involved in your care.
As a Training Practice we often have trainee GPs working with us. They are fully qualified Drs who is now training with us to specialise as a GP.
Our current trainees are Dr M Seth and Dr J Mabbott.
All our patients have a named allocated GP (known as "usual GP" here at SMC).
You can ask any member of staff if you want the name of your allocated GP.
In order to maintain the highest possible standards of medicines safety, we require at least 2 full working days to fulfil any requests for repeat medication.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause, but hope that patients will understand that the longer time is needed to ensure patient safety at all times.
Please be aware that ALL telephone calls IN and OUT of this practice are now recorded for patient and staff safety.
Recordings are securely stored for 5 (five) years.
Are you interested in the GP patient survey?
Find out more by clicking the patient survey icon below.
(Site updated 19/02/2020)