Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in the North East and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.
The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home 111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here
Due to the present Coronavirus situation, the practice will be implementing temporary changes to our appointment system. ALL requests for appointments will be placed as a telephone triage call with a clinician, this is to prevent patients who may have contracted/been exposed/have symptoms of Coronavirus from attending the practice, and to prevent our more vulnerable patients with underlying health problems from being put at unnecessary risk.
ALL existing appointments will be contacted by the practice, and will be asked to verify the reason for the appointment, and asked the Coronavirus screening questions and where possible face-to-face appointments will be changed to telephone consultations.
The practice would like to thank you for your understanding that these measures are being introduced with the best interest of our patients and staff in mind.
WELCOME TO CEDARS MEDICAL GROUP ONLINE
We wish to extend a warm welcome to all our patients. The practice aims are to be a people centered practice, providing quality care for our patients and a good working environment for our staff.
This surgery website is used to present all our patients with up to date news and information about our practice. We will keep it current with any developments or other details that we feel are relevant to you. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you would like to comment. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.
NEED TO SEE A GP ON AN EVENING OR WEEKEND?
GPs in Derwentside are working together to offer extra GP appointments from 18:00 on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. To book an 'Extended hours' appointment please contact the surgery Monday-Friday 08:30-18:00. When our surgery is closed, please call 111 to access these clinics, which are held at Tanfield View Surgery, Stanley and Queens Road Surgery, Consett.
Cedars Medical Group is a training and teaching practice which allows us to have GP Registrars who are qualified doctors wishing to train as GPs. They work closely with the partners in all aspects of patient care.
We also have 5th Year Medical Students on a 3 week rotation and 3rd Year Medical Students weekly on a Wednesday morning.
If you would prefer to see the doctor or nurse alone, please inform the receptionist at the time of your appointment and this will be arranged for you.
ONLINE REQUESTS FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS AND ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS
We are now able to register patients for both of the above online services, please speak to a member of the reception team for further details. Patients must request these services in person and provide proof of identification.
NAMED GP FOR ALL PATIENTS
From 1 April 2015 all patients at Cedars Medical Group, including children, will have a named GP who is responsible for their overall care at the practice. This does not, however, prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you currently do, and you are unlikely to see any notable change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice.
Please see our page for Young People aged 13-19, located under Further Information
(Site updated 20/03/2020)