IRWELL MEDICAL PRACTICE & OTHER GP SURGERIES ACROSS THE REGION, WILL BE SENDING OUT LETTERS FROM TODAY; URGING PEOPLE WHO ARE MOST AT RISK FROM COVID-19 TO SELF ISOLATE FOR 12 WEEKS
Irwell Medical Practice has released a statement on their FaceBook page today, informing patients and local residents that as from today, they will be sending out letters to those considered ‘high risk’ of suffering ill effects from the Coronavirus; urging these people to stay at home and self-isolate for the next 12 weeks, from today, following government guidance.
Many local people are worried that being asked to self-isolate will result in extreme financial hardship for themselves and family members. The government have promised that they will pay 80% of a person’s salary up to £2,500 per month, to ensure that employees are not made redundant and have also said that anyone who’s developed symptoms and had to go off work sick, will be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay from day one of self-isolating.
People are urged to check the Coronavirus Direct Gov Website regarding their rights and entitlements. This is an ever-changing issue where the government are making updates to their policies and guidelines daily; as the situation develops.
Check the guidance on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Check if you’re eligible for Universal Credit
Check if you’re eligible for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Check your right if your hours have been cut or you’ve been laid off from work
If you’re still confused, local people are being urged to contact Rossendale Citizen’s Advice, who may be able to offer advice and guidance on your individual and specific circumstances.
Who’s Considered Most at Risk?
G.P.s have been given guidance by the government on the people considered most at risk from the coronavirus. Currently this list states that the following people are most at risk and should stay at home for the next 12 weeks.
- solid organ transplant recipients
- people with specific cancers
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
- people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
- people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
- people with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell disease)
- people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- women who are pregnant and who also have significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
What’s The Guidance For Those Most at Risk?
The advice and guidance given to these people is as follows:
- Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
- Do not leave your house for at least 12 weeks starting on Monday 22 March 2020.
- Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces e.g. family homes, weddings, parties and religious services.
- Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
- Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP practice or other essential services as and when you need.
For more information on how the government plan to protect and shield the most vulnerable from Covid-19, please see the Direct Gov Website, which will be updated regularly to reflect any changes.
Irwell Medical Practice and other local medical practices will be sending letters out to those most at risk from today. These letters should arrive via post in the next couple of days.
The practice has asked local residents to please not call regarding these letters, they assure people that if they are at risk, they will receive a letter. The surgery has stated that they’re experiencing a high number of calls which is putting strain on their service at the moment.
Following government guidelines, the ability to book face to face appointments with the G.P.s or Nurses, has been suspended. The only way to get a face to face appointment is to ring the surgery and be assessed over the phone; this is why the surgery is asking for people to only call if necessary.