The situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus) is rapidly evolving.
At present, we are not seeing patients face to face unless a GP decides that they need a physical examination. All other patient contact with the GP is being done by telephone or video.
During the period of pandemic there are many resources that we are advising people to use.
If you are self isolating on medical advice and need evidence for your employer we are NOT providing Med-3 certificates. Further information is available in this document which you can complete and return to your employer. 111 has an isolation note service for those advised to self-isolate: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
As more employers are re-opening and expecting employees to return to work, we as a practice are not able to act as occupational health and cannot interpret guidance on behalf of your employer. GPs in London have provided a letter to bring to employers if requested.
If you are an isolated or vulnerable patient there are services springing up to assist you; in Sydenham one service has distributed flyers around the area and may be able to assist you. More information is available here.
More services to assist the vulnerable are being coordinated by the local authority:
To address the unprecedented Public Health challenge that we are facing, the voluntary and community sector are coming together to serve the needs of Lewisham residents. Lewisham Local, Voluntary Services Lewisham and Age UK Lewisham & Southwark are working with Lewisham Council and all of our local partners in the community to coordinate our response so that we can help the most vulnerable in our communities. Our response will focus on:
The provision of accurate, up to date information
The delivery of food and wider supplies to vulnerable individuals
Befriending and social isolation support, using phone and IT techniques wherever possible
Support to those who are looking to volunteer or assist directly in their local area
Providing toolkits for community action to ensure that people are safe as they support each other
If you need support or are looking to get involved, go to: www.lewishamlocal.com Or call 03330 150378 Please note – at present this service is only maintained 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
Medical research is continuing on COVID-19 and Kings College has released a symptom tracking app to help get a better picture of the extent of infection in the UK. You can help by using the app yourself.