Monthly Archives: September 2021

Face mask wearing policy

Face Mask Wearing POLICY

The wearing of masks by staff and face coverings by the public will play a role in preventing the spread of infection so that patients and visitors can attend practices without fear of contamination. It will also reduce the risk of a whole team within a practice being required to self-isolate should one member contract COVID-19.

All those carrying out face-to-face consultations should have appropriate PPE. No face-to-face consultation should take place with potentially COVID-infected patients if there is no adequate PPE.

PHE guidance recommends that those working in reception and communal areas who are unable to social distance, should wear a fluid repellent mask.

All staff and visitors must wear face masks / coverings when moving around the building.

Patients should be encouraged to wear face coverings whenever they attend the practice (with practices continuing to use triage arrangements to keep face-to-face contact to a minimum).

Staff should continue to be enabled to work remotely whenever possible, to create more space for social distancing.

Patients arrive / refuse to wear a face mask

Unfortunately, we can’t enforce wearing a mask, but should follow practice policy.

  • Consult via phone or video if applicable to do so.
  • If patient has to be seen f2f then take the following steps:
    • Offer a face mask if arrives without one
    • Offer a visor if cannot tolerate a mask

If patient refuses to wear either

    • Ensure social distancing – patient will have to wait in car / outside until ready to be seen
    • maintain social distancing as far as this is possible, observe hand hygiene measures and ensure members of staff wear appropriate PPE
    • consider booking the patient into a quieter appointment slot, if they don’t need to be seen urgently, or allow them to wait in an area separate to the main waiting area or where there tends to be fewer staff and patients.

Advice taken from the MDU https://www.themdu.com/guidance-and-advice/latest-updates-and-advice/dealing-with-patients-who-decline-to-wear-a-face-covering

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID BOOSTER VACCINATIONS

Further to the government announcement regarding a 3rd dose booster COVID vaccination, we, alongside our Minerva network colleagues , will be running a COVID vaccination service from the former Culverhay/Bath Community Academy site on Rush Hill –  commencing in October.

 When it is your turn for your vaccine, we will send you a text with a link to book your appointment. 

Thank you for your patience as we set these clinics up

Flu clinics 2021

We should be receiving our first  delivery of flu vaccines on 20th September.  our 2nd will be in October and awaiting delivery instructions.   We have 2 clinics booked for the 2nd and 9th October for over 65s and under 65s with a clinical risk, so please contact reception if you are eligible and need to book,  Further dates will be added when we know about deliveries  Thank you