As you may well be aware antibody testing for Covid 19 is becoming available. Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight all NHS staff will be offered test for Covid 19 antibodies as part of the first phase of antibody testing. This is the first part of a planned roll-out to all health and social care staff as well as patients. The restriction is the number of tests that the laboratory we send our tests to can deal with each day. Currently we can only request 2 tests a day from our practice, hopefully this will increase soon but we have no information yet as to when this increase in capacity will occur. We are giving priority to our practice staff who need a test at the moment, our next priority is likely to be patients in care homes. We will be offering antibody testing to other patients once the tests in these groups have been done. We hope this will be soon as I am aware that there are many patients who would like to have antibody testing done for perfectly understandable reasons. Unfortunately we do not know when this will be yet, but as soon as we do we will be letting you know via our website and newsletter.
Help for patients shielding or Self-Isolating/Social distancing
There are a number of organisations who are able to help you with advice as well as providing practical assistance. These include:
Hantshelp4vulnerable -can be contacted on 0333 370 4000 is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm, and is for vulnerable people who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with practical issues.
Eastleigh Community Aid on 0845 8681758 (email: email@example.com)
Eastleigh borough council customer service: 023 80688000
One Community – 023 8090 2400
Other forms of support :
If you’re experiencing financial difficulty as a result of reduced income due to Coronavirus, you can access information and support via:
Central Government advice
Citizens Advice local offices
If you think you are at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, you should contact the County Council’s domestic abuse support line.
Information, advice and help is also available via the Government’s domestic abuse webpages
Letter to employers - info for vulnerable patients return to work (not for patients in receipt of self-shielding letter)
Research - investigating possible treatments for Covid-19/coronavirus
We are proud to be taking part in the PRINCIPLE trial to investigate possible treatments for COVID-19 run by the University of Oxford.
We are recruiting patients to take part in this trial. More information on the study is available via this link:
If you would like to take part in this trial, follow the link to the enrolment page. You need to be aged 50 to 64, have symptoms of Covid-19 and have an underlying health condition. click the link below for full details on eligibility.
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Websites - Coronavirus Advice for Patients with long term conditions
Sick notes for coronavirus isolation
You can get a sick note by on the NHS111 website or NHS.co.uk. This will take you through the symptoms of coronavirus or self isolating and then you can get a med cert at the end of this if appropriate. Go to: www.nhs.co.uk or google NHS111.
Do not contact the surgery as we are not issuing certificates for coronavirus or self-isolating patients.