Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the Freshney Green and its surgeries and services as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward. NHS England have advised all practices to continue implementing Infection Prevention and Control measures as per Public Health England recommendations.
From the 19th July nothing will change in the building and the following safeguards will remain in force for these premises:
- Entrance controlled by a member of staff
- Face covering policy for everyone
- Social distance to be maintained
- All consultations will be remote unless a clinician decided a Face to Face consultation is required.
We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect every patient and every member of staff.
As you are aware, we have never closed our doors. In fact, our figures show that we have consulted with significantly higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, by e-consult). On top of this we have worked hard, along with the local vaccination sites to get as many patients as possible fully vaccinated.
The Freshney Green Primary Care Centre has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe as possible for as many patients as we can.