Please come back to this page regularly as it is frequently updated.
Coronavirus General Advice:
If you have any concerns regarding Coronavirus, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/uknd86q.
This website explains general advice including:
- What is coronavirus
- How it spreads
- How to avoid infection
- What to do if you think you have symptoms
- Who is "at risk"
Get tested if you have any signs of coronavirus
If you have any signs of coronavirus you should have a test as soon as you can. For more information on how to access a test click here.
Returning to work after shielding
Have you been shielding or self-isolating? Are you returning to work?
Please be aware that we will not be providing letters or fit notes for employers who are asking for GPs to confirm that it is safe for someone to return to work.
Employers must carry out their own risk assessments and, if needed, occupational health assessments on their employees who have been off work during the Covid-19 shielding period.
Only after these have been carried out can the employer and employee make the decision that is it safe for a return to work. This is not a GPs decision.
More information can be found here: https://www.acas.org.uk/working-safely-coronavirus/returning-to-the-workplace
Have a reason why you can't wear a facemask?
Unfortunately we're unable to provide letters as evidence that you can't wear a facemask. However if you go to the Hidden Disabilities website you can purchase a card to show that you are Face covering exempt.
Please follow this link to the site:
Please click the link below for Asthma rescue pack information
Coronavirus - Asthma Rescue Pack Information
Help for patients who can't get to the shops during the Coronavirus outbreak
If you're unable to get to the shops at the moment the following local companies can deliver to you:
Haydons – Fresh fruit, veg, bread, cold meats and most household sundries. Delivery available. Order by phone. Tel: 01530 260 416.
Sunnyside Garden Centre – non-contact delivery available. Order by phone. Tel: 01530 263 418
BCG Fresh Produce box (fruit, veg, milk) for £25 delivered in a 15m radius of Coalville. Order by phone Tel: 07929 622 028
Inghams at Gnarley Farm. Meat, bread, potatoes, eggs. Free local delivery. Order by phone. Tel: 01455 292 031
British Food Box. Bread, milk, cheese, butter, eggs, yogurt, meat pies and veg. Delivery available within 10 mile of Lodge Farm, Snarestone, DE12 7DA. 07871 808 392.
A new Government WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has been launched.
The purpose of this product is to combat the spread of misinformation propagated through WhatsApp on an Official Government channel. To use the service, members of the public simply add +44 7860 064422 to their contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”. Please promote this service through your channels.
Hearing Aid Batteries - new process
We will not be giving out hearing aid batteries at this time to save patients coming to the surgery and so saving them from making unnecessary journeys. Instead please contact the Hearing Services team directly on 0116 258 6230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will arrange for some to be posted directly to the patients home address. This will continue until further notice.
Need an isolation note for your employer?
You do not need to get a note from a GP.
Please use the online 111 service: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
CARING FOR PEOPLE AT HIGHEST CLINICAL RISK FROM COVID-19
Please follow the link below to the governments Frequently Asked Questions document.
Background and FAQs for patients
Find out what you can do if you’re struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19)
This is a link to the Government's website to help you with information about:
- feeling unsafe
- going in to work
- paying bills or being unemployed
- getting food
- having somewhere to live
- mental health and wellbeing
Sheilding Patients - here is information about the help available to you
This is a document published by the government which summarises all the help available to to Sheilding patients (and a little bit for other people too).
Shielded patients information
In addition for Barlestone dispensing patients who are in the at-risk group and required to shield for 12 weeks we are providing a medicines delivery service. If you are a patient in this group and have no other means of getting your medication please call us so we can provide you with home delivery.
Coronavirus Fact Sheet for Children
Here is a useful fact sheet to help you explain all about Coronavirus to young children.
Childrens Coronavirus Fact Sheet
The new mental health Central Access Point (CAP) phone service
24 hour NHS Phone Support for all urgent mental health needs
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has launched a dedicated phone line so that people of all ages in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can access urgent NHS mental health support directly.
The 0116 295 3060 service is for people of all ages – including existing and previous service users and people who have never used mental health services before.
Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
This link takes you to government advice on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. There is also a link to children's and young people's mental health from this page.
Further Mental Health Help for Adults who feel they need support during Covid-19
Please see the following posters and leaflets for lots of help, ideas and places to contact.
Mental Health Support Poster
Mental Health Support Leaflet
Mental Wellbeing Poster
Mental Help for Children, Young People and Families during Covid-19
Please see the following Leaflets and Posters for lots of help and support. If you're a teenager looking for support there are services specially for you, as well as some for families and children.
Guide to Support for Young People in Leicestershire This has lots of different places you can access health and support specially for Teenagers.
Mental Health Support Information for Children, Young People and Families during Covid-19
Poster with lots of Sources of Mental Health Support for Children, Young People and Families
New NHS App to help with aches and pains of the muscles, bones or joints
There is a new app available to download on your smart device (phone or tablet) to help you manage aches and pains. It covers four areas of the body: back, neck, upper limb and lower limb. In each area there are videos showing useful exercises you can do anywhere. Search on your app store for Musculoskeletal MSK Self-Care. The icon has the NHS logo and MSK beneath it in blue.
This link will show you what the app looks like in the Apple store (although it is available for android phones and tablets too):
Access to Dental Services during Covid-19
If you need dental help please don't ring the surgery, please call your own dentist and they will advise you what to do. If you don't have a regular dentist please see the poster below for what to do.
Please see this poster for more information about getting dental help during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Staying COVID-1- Secure in 2020
We confirm we have complied with the government's guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19: Click here for more information
Tablet Loan Scheme
Hospice Hope are currently operating a tablet loan scheme for vulnerable adults and their carers. They loan out the tablets and arrange for Internet connectivity and training as and when necessary. The service is completely free. The aim is to help reduce the isolation of such people by allowing them to access not just their family and friends online but also nearly all other internet services including those of the NHS and GP practices.
For more details see below or follow this link:
Shielding Guidance Update June 2020
Post COVID-19 Information Pack: Advice for patients who have had Covid-19
This patient information pack is to help patient's recover and manage their symptoms following COVID-19.