We continue to face difficult times in relation to the Coronavirus though the government has decided that it is now alright to ease the lockdown. While this is good news in that we can move around more freely, it is important to remember that the Coronavirus is still affecting people in the country as well as in our community. We therefore must be careful to follow the government advice on social distancing, hand hygiene and be careful to avoid putting ourselves in situations that will increase our risks of catching the Coronavirus.
People who were asked to shield can now go out as advised by the government. Please ensure you follow the government's advice carefully and look after yourself.
We appreciate the challenges and difficulties the virus has caused to you. We remain committed to support you from the healthcare perspective as much as possible. If you would like to have psychological support please call INCLUSION THURROCK on 01375 898680.
For your healthcare needs, please continue to call the surgery at the usual opening hours:
• For appointments or to speak to a doctor please call from 8am to 12 noon or book online.
• For repeat prescriptions please contact reception to get online password to request online or call reception during the surgery opening hours
• To bring letters or ask about general non-medical or admin issues please send email to:
Please DO NOT use the email to request appointments as we will not book appointments from emails. You may also drop letters through the door.
• Please do not attend to the surgery unless you have first spoken to someone at the surgery and you have been asked to attend. We are limited by the space and lack of adequate ventilation in the building so we are not able to accommodate many people at a time. We are therefore not able to return to the usual way of letting people attend the surgery freely. However, this should not reduce your access to the services we provide.
We are increasing the review of chronic conditions. We have been contacting Diabetes patients and people with chronic bronchitis. We will be expanding these reviews in a structured way to include people on any long term medications. Please call back when you are invited as we will be contacting people in groups.
Unfortunately access to blood tests and other investigations remain limited beyond our control. Other services including hospital appointments and things like physiotherapy are also not fully functioning at this stage. However, if you feel ill, do not hesitate to seek emergency help. All emergency services are fully available so do not be worried about seeking help when you need it.
We have introduced video consultations, which allow us to manage a lot more conditions than by telephone alone. However, in certain cases, we may ask you to come to be examined. We will discuss your condition as much as possible over the phone before you come to be examined so that the time you spend at the surgery will be as short as possible. When coming to the surgery, please wear a mask or face.
Please continue to follow government advice and keep safe.
The Derry Court Medical Practice
Letter to Patient
Dear valued patient,
As you may be aware events in the country about the Coronavirus are developing very fast. Many GP surgeries across the country are resorting to drastic measures to try and protect their patients, the public and their staff by doing remote consultations, including telephone and video consultations.
We have decided to take similar measures and limit access to the surgery. From now on, till further notice, we will speak to and manage most people over the phone. The surgery doors will be shut and you can only come in if told to do so.
We are much better experienced at doing telephone consultations than most GP surgeries in the country as we have been doing this for 6 years now. We just have to expand it now.
Request for medications
1. Please register for online access to request your repeat medications.
2. You can call reception for your repeat medications.
3. Please allow at least 48 working hours for your request to be processed.
Coming to surgery
Do not come to the surgery for anything unless told over the phone to come in. You can call the phone numbers to speak to us about your concerns and test results. If we ask you to attend the surgery, we may give you a mask to wear when you enter. Please wear this all the time you are in the surgery.
We wanted to increase Skype consultations but we are waiting for further guidance on this.
When you arrive at the practice, we will check your temperature and may ask you to leave if your temperature is raised.
We will request that you attend appointments alone if at all possible. However for children and those who depend on others to bring them, we would advise that no more than 1 individual brings you.
Please do not bring your other children if they do not have an appointment.
All adults may be asked to wear gloves and a mask while they are at the surgery for their appointment.
You will be attended to in the usual manner.
Please follow the news and take the advice of the government and its advisers. As the Prime minister warned, this is a serious condition. However, we hope by taking these difficult steps together, we can protect and look after each other.
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special 'rescue packs' for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to
before doing anything else.
Please read this helpful information from the British Lung Foundation
You will note that there is no recommendation to have a rescue pack as there is no evidence for their use and indeed there are concerns that steroids will reduce your immunity if fighting off this virus.
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