The Orchard Surgery
Horseshoes Lane, Langley, Maidstone, ME17 3JY
Tel: 01622-863030
Fax:
Email: gp.g82691@nhs.net
If you have an appointment at the practice please remember to bring a covering for your mouth and nose.
Coronavirus
The guidance has changed.

What can I do that I couldn’t do before?
With the new guidelines, and the introduction of local lock down levels, the govenment have updated information for the shielding patients 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Please do not contact the surgery to ask for a letter of exemption for face-coverings in shops and on public transport, instead visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own#exemptions-to-wearing-a-face-covering-where-they-are-mandated for information
From 15 June:

  • You will be able to visit any type of shop and some additional outdoor attractions - drive-in cinemas, and animal attractions like zoos, farms and safari parks
  • Year 10 and 12 pupils in secondary schools and further education colleges will begin to receive some face to face support
  • You will have to wear a face covering on public transport

You will still be able to meet outdoors with groups of up to six people from different households, provided social distancing is observed and you stay 2 metres away from anyone outside your household or support bubble.

As before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family inside their homes (unless you are in a support bubble from 13 June) or for other limited circumstances set out in law
  • stay away from your home or your support bubble household overnight - including holidays - except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six (unless exclusively with members of your own household or support bubble or for one of the limited set of circumstances set out in the law)


Taken from the Gov.uk website where further advice is available   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

 

If your employer asks for a sick note visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice  Click on 'get isolation note' Halfway down the page in green. When you have answered the questions and reference number will be emailed to you which is the sick note. Click here for advice if you have to stay at home: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

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 
https://111.nhs.uk/  - ONLY call 111 if you cannot get help online. 

The lastest information on symptoms of cornavirus infection can be found on http://nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 
DO NOT GO TO A GP SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL 
 
Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for more information. 
 

 

 
 



 

Advice for parents during coronavirus 


Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children in it rarely serious. if your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. 
Whilst is it extremely important to follow Goverment advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child in unwell or injured. Remember NHS 111, GP's and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help: 

If your child had any of the following: 

  • Becomes pale, mottled and feels abormally cold to touch
  • Has pauses in their breathing (apnoeas), has an irregular breathing pattern or starts grunting 
  • Severe diffuculty in breathing becoming agitated or unresponsive
  • Is going blue around the lips 
  • Has a fit/seizure
  • Becomes extremely distressed (crying inconsolably despite distraction), confused, very lethargic(difficult to wake) or unresponsive 
  • Develops a rash that does no disappear with pressure (the 'glass test')
  • Has testicular pain, especially in teenage boys
You need urgent help: 
Go to you nearest A&E or dial 999 

 
If your child has any of the following: 
  • Is finding it hard to breathe including drawing in of the muscles below their lower ribs, at their neck or between their ribs (recession) or head bobbing
  • Seems dehydrated (dry mouth, sunken eyes, no tears, drowsy or passing less urine than usual)
  • Is becoming drowsy (excessvely sleepy) or irrtiable (unable to settle them with toys, TV, food or picking up) - especially if they remain drowsy or irritable despite their fever coming down
  • Has extreme shivering or complains of muscle pain 
  • Babies under 3 months of age with temperature above 38'C/102.2'F 
  • Infants 3-6 months of age with temperature above 39'C/102.2'F
  • For all infants and children with fever above 38'C for more than 5 days 
  • Is getting worse or if you are worried 
  • Has persistent vomiting and/or persistent servere abdominal pain 
  • Has blood in their poo or wee
  • Any limb injury causing reduced movement, persistent pain or head injury causing persisten cyring or drowsisness 
You need to contact a doctor or nurse today:
Please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 11 by dialing 111

The NHS is wokring for you.
However, we recognise during the current coronavirus crisis at
peak times, access to a health care professional may be delayed.
If symptoms persist for 4 hours 
or more and you have not been able to speak to either a GP or 111. then take your child to A&E 
If none of the above features are present: 
  • You can continue to provide your child care at home. Information is also available on NHS Choices
  • Additional advice is available to families for coping with crying to well babies 
  • Additional advice is available for children with complex health needs and disabilities 
Self Care
Continue providing yor child's care at home. If you are still concerned about your child, Ring your GP Surgery or Dial 111. 
Your GP is still here for you
 


Websites offering emotional well-being and support
 
Childline (Free confidential help and advice for any Under 18 years old, whatever the worry) 

Domestic Violence and Abuse Support (Contact Refuge for your rights, options and support)

ICON (Babies cry: You can cope. Advice and support for parents coping with a crying baby) 

MIND (Mental Health Support with specific advice on 'Coronavirus and your wellbeing') 

NSPCC Helpline (Worried about a child, unsure? Contact professional counsellors for help, advice and support) 

  • Call 0808 800 500

Samaritians (Resources and help for all ages) 

  • https://www.samaritans.org/
  • Call 116 123

Young Minds (Supports children, young people. parents and carers with their mental health and well-being) 

Websites offering advice on keeping fit, physical well-being
Free 30 day Yoga course 

Herts sports partnership (Workout from home) 

Superbetter (Builds personal resilence and boosts physical and emotional wellbeing)

The Football Association (Staying fit at home)

  • http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/footballs-staying-home

21 best home exercises for men (Workout from home)