Important Changes to The Lodge Health Partnership Appointment System

As a temporary measure to minimise risk of Coronavirus, all pre-booked and urgent appointments will be triaged by the doctor by telephone only.

The doctor will discuss how to help you, and if necessary arrange a face to face appointment.

There will be no online or face to face appointments to book until further notice.

Novel Coronavirus: Advice for the NHS in England

We are now in the delay phase of our response to COVID-19. This entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases of COVID-19. Advice for NHS organisations is now as follows:

From today the public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:

  •  A new continuous cough, and/or
  • High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)

The geographic element of the case definition has now been removed. Travel and contact history are no longer important for diagnosis, which is on the basis of symptoms alone. If people who have travelled do not have symptoms they do not need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.

Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice. If you live with other people they should also stay at home for 14 days, from the day the first person started with the symptoms.

If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online).

After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS111 online (eople should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.

Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.