Your health is not in lockdown
We’re in a pandemic and people are rightfully worried and taking extra precautions not to get infected. However, that doesn’t mean you should put a hold on general health maintenance. Here’s some advice from Madison Medical Practice on how to be safe and stay healthy.
One thing we’ve learnt from the experience of past epidemics and pandemics around the world is that many people do not continue to seek the regular healthcare they need. Sadly, as a result of this, we sometimes see more morbidity and mortality occurring from preventable chronic conditions than from the infectious agent itself.
This is why it is incredibly important that everybody continues to focus on their ordinary health as well as managing the coronavirus lifestyle changes.
As you may be aware, the Government has made many changes to the healthcare system to ensure you are constantly supported. These include telehealth services, which are consultations that can be conducted online or on the phone. The telehealth services have now been extended to March 2021. To be eligible, you’ll need to have been seen by a GP or practice at least once within a 12 month period.
It is vitally important that you take care of cardiac conditions, oncology conditions, skin conditions, mental health care or any other ordinary conditions which are part of your day-to-day health management. If you have an acute health problem that is worrying you, please contact your GP immediately, or emergency services if necessary.
For those who are taking medication every day to prevent a chronic condition from getting worse or, if you have hypertension, diabetes, asthma or other chronic conditions, please continue to take your medication. If you run out contact your GP or local pharmacy. All pharmacies have measures in place to get your medications to you, including home delivery. Medical practices can email or fax prescriptions directly to the pharmacy.
For people who require regular blood tests, pathology labs have measures in place to allow them to be conducted safely, and results can be given online or on the phone via a telehealth service.
We all know that stressful times such as these can cause mental health issues. If you feel the need for support, contact your GP or a therapist. Mental health care facilities have all adopted telehealth services so that they can provide support conveniently and safely.
Madison Medical Practices provide care in all the areas mentioned above - general practice, pathology, mental health, and prescriptions. They have adopted telehealth options for all their services.
For your safety and theirs, all Madison Medical Practices have social distancing measures implemented, surfaces cleaned with antibacterial solutions regularly, and all staff wear appropriate PPE. They also have adequate PPE for patients upon request, and ensure they minimise any waiting times.
All patients are screened with questions prior to their arrival, so that no patients present with FEVER/COUGH/COLD OR FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS without being assessed prior. This ensures that Face to Face consultations can be conducted with a level of reassurance for all other patients.
Remember to keep in touch and maintain your usual care.
Until we see you, please take care and stay safe.
Best wishes from the entire Madison Medical Practice St Ives team.