During the current global crisis due to the Coronavirus, we will need to make some significant changes to how we work at St Keverne Surgery in the short term. We will endeavour to return things to normal as soon as the crisis has passed.
Everyone at St Keverne surgery is working hard to follow all guidelines and ensure we deliver patient care in the safest possible way, in this crisis.
The Press conference with UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson has ended, and its fair to say there is quite a lot to take in :-
Here are the key points :-
Anyone with a new persistent cough OR a new raised temperature of 37.8°C or above needs to remain at home for 14 days or until the symptoms resolve whichever is longer
To reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 and reduce pressure on your local GP Practice during this busy time, appointments will be carried out over the phone unless there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice. This will help minimise risk while continuing to ensure people get the care and advice they need.
Everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid "non-essential" contact with others and "unnecessary" travel
People are also being asked to work from home "where they possibly can", and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues
People are now being advised to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a "new and continuous cough"
People in at-risk groups will be asked within days to be "largely shielded from social contact" for 12 weeks
The UK is to scale up coronavirus testing in the coming weeks from tomorrow
Mass gatherings will no longer be provided with emergency workers
Mr Johnson said he recognised the government was now "asking a lot of everybody", and the UK had not seen anything like it in peace time"
Mr Johnson said "drastic action" was now needed - otherwise cases in the UK could double every five to six days
To ensure the safety of our patient population and staff, as per Government guidelines we advise anyone with symptoms of coronavirus to remain at home and follow online 111 advice - Do not attend the surgery or Accident and Emergency.
To further ensure the safety of staff and other members of the public we taking the following steps:
- We are suspending all non-urgent medical care and walk in clinics effective as of today 16/03/2020.
- If you are ill and wish to see a doctor please ring the surgery - you will be asked for some details of your medical need and a member of the team will ring you back in the first instance to determine the best plan of action.
- At present if you have a pre-booked appointment please keep this unless you are telephoned. We will be ringing everyone with existing appointments to see whether these can be dealt with over the telephone or in other ways.
The Dispensary remains open as usual but with restrictions on how many people can queue inside the building - please follow any instructions at the door.
Please can we ask you order 1 month at a time of your medications.
Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.
Dr Eckersley & Dr Atherton
updated 26 March 2020
Welcome to St Keverne Health Centre
The doctors and staff at St Keverne Health Centre on the Lizard peninsula are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. Despite the increasing challenges to family practice we provide continuity of care to our patients as well as flexibility to suit our patient's needs. We are able to offer a range of investigations at the surgery and other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, full sexual health and contraceptive advice including fitting of contraceptive devices. Our practice nurses run dedicated clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes, travel and childhood vaccinations and well-person checks. We work closely with Helston Community Hospital. We have our own dispensary, meaning that our patients can obtain acute and repeat medications on site.
Access and Parking
We are situated at the top of the High street in St Keverne. Pedestrian access is at the bus stop behind the An Gof statues. By car please follow the sign to the Health centre via Polventon Parc. There is ample parking at the surgery, including 2 disabled parking bays. There is a gentle slope to the wide entry doors, availability of wheelchairs for transfers and relevant toilet facilities.
(Site updated 31/03/2020)