The UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that cases of monkeypox have increased recently but the risk to the UK population remains low.
Anyone can get monkeypox. Currently most cases have been in men who are gay, bisexual or have sex with men, so it’s particularly important to be aware of the symptoms if you’re in these groups.
Contact a sexual health clinic if you have a rash with blisters and either:
you’ve been in close contact, including sexual contact, with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they’ve not been tested yet) in the past 3 weeks
you’ve been to west or central Africa in the past 3 weeks
If you have an unexplained rash, please contact NHS111 or phone the practice to make an appointment. Further public information is available on nhs.uk
Please note The Dove Valley Practice will be closed on;
Monday 29th August 2022
Monday 26th December & Tuesday 27th December 2022
Monday 2nd January 2023
Friday 7th April 2023
Monday 10th April 2023
Monday 1st May 2023
If you need medical assistance between 8am – 4pm please telephone 01226 242419, outside of these times please telephone 111 or in an emergency please telephone 999. Thank you.
25th March 2022
For information about the covid-19 vaccination booster programme you can visit www.nhs.uk or www.gov.uk for information. Thank you.
ALL VISITORS TO OUR SURGERIES SHOULD CONTINUE TO WEAR A FACE COVERING AND RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING, THANK YOU
Unless you have been advised to come to surgery by a GP, you should not enter our premises. PLEASE CONTINUE TO ‘PHONE US INSTEAD.
All prescriptions will be sent electronically to a nominated chemist. PLEASE RING US IF YOU NEED TO ORDER YOUR MEDICATION, DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY OR YOU CAN POST YOUR REQUEST.
For covid-19 vaccination information/booking please see www.nhs.uk or ring 119
If you think you may have symptoms of the coronavirus please ring 111 for advice.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital.
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.
Recent Government announcements have stated that GPs are expected to ‘clinically prioritise’ their services to ‘free up’ capacity to support the vaccine campaign, alongside critical appointments such as cancer and urgent care. This might mean that routine appointments are postponed. Please be patient as this is unavoidable and our team are following Government guidance.