Important information from Dr Peter Copp, Medical Director,
please read carefully the links below:
Important information from Dr Copp about COVID-19 (March 2020)
CV 19 Antibody testing (June 2020)
Dr Copp – YouTube videos (April 2020)
T Cell Immunity Testing for SARS COV2 now available, please email email@example.com or call 0345 119 6049. VIDEO
“New Guidance Published Oct 2020 regarding symptom management in those with SARS COV2 infection” (Dr Copp also strongly advocates the use of hypertonic nasal saline/seawater spray, not just for intermittently for prevention but to use this intensively/hourly in those who are informed they have been in direct contact with a POS case and for those who experience symptoms/tested POS for the first 72 hrs of their illness) : NICE Publication 163
The NHS and Public Health organisations are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. Please check the GOV.UK for the latest information.
GP Plus has remain open throughout the crisis to best support those many patients we have served over 20 years now; some of which have complex and challenging issues; irrespective of CoVid 19. However those who may be actively infected should use the standard access portals so that they can be swab tested and given the opportunity for appropriate and shielded medical assessment. If in any doubt; we can perform telephone triage to risk assess the need for an appointment here at Dundas Street where on arrival your forehead temperature will usually be checked. If there is doubt about your type of illness; staff have a procedure in place and will liaise directly with the GP. For direct CV19 concerns: use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. Telephone and video calls from GP Plus for those actively ill can be requested and Dr Copp has a lot of experience in this now. It is particularly important for those individuals not getting better by day 6/7 of any Covid-19 illness to seek advice about possible options to reduce their risk of a more severe ‘host response’ reaction in week 2: characterised by lung inflammation and inflammation of blood vessels and related clotting disorders.
GP Plus CV19/SARS COV2 Clinic infection control measures/SOP: LINK
Assigned GP PLUS UKAS Number (for both external testing and Bosch point of care testing) is 22452
“GP PLUS is proud to formally announce its use of ground-breaking PCR technologies which give us the ability to rapidly diagnose CV-19 AND many different infections (as the new cartridges become available, later 2021). The prospect of being to tell someone the exact cause of a UTI and confirm the resistant antibiotics within 3 hours (all on-site) is quite mesmerising and can revolutionise the whole approach to this common and very irksome problem. As we move away from SARS COV 2 testing (which currently takes under 40 mins in the Bosch device) the scope for future benefit is nothing less than extraordinary. PCR will eventually revolutionise point of care testing in a community setting without the need to automatically send-off samples to external laboratories for a wide range of important viral and bacterial infections and incur the risks of delays; which for some patients can be critical.
Dr Peter Copp”
Those returning from abroad need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days whether or not this is yet technically in force.
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Find out more about what you should do if you’re asked to self-isolate.