NEWS - GOVERNMENT'S NATIONAL HEALTHLY START PROGRAMME
This programme helps families with young children get free food vouchers for milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk – along with free coupons for vitamins for children and pregnant women.
Families can find out if they are eligible on the Healthy Start website https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ (if they have children under 4 or are pregnant and receive qualifying benefits). Families fill in an application form which can be printed off the website and posted to Healthy Start. Once they are registered the vouchers are sent directly to them. Families can use the vouchers in registered shops https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/where-to-use-the-vouchers/ and vitamins are currently being posted to families (once they are registered) by Childrens’ Centres.
We understand that there is a lot of alarm about coronavirus and in response to the guidance from NHS England we are trying to minimize the risk to our patients and staff to delay the spread of Coronavirus.
Please be aware that this disease will spread and we will not be able to stop this altogether.
In the majority of cases patients have mild symptoms however in order that that our hospitals can cope with any potential increase in demand to look after the vulnerable and elderly population, we as a practice are taking steps to help protect patients.
We are asking all patients if you have a face to face appointment with the doctor or nurse and any symptoms however mild (of cough, shortness of breath or temperature) to stay at home and ring the surgery.
We will change appointments to telephone appointments or video appointments where possible and appropriate. If examinations of patients with these symptoms are required we will be seeing patients at the end of the day in isolation to minimise exposure to other patients and staff.