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Non Covid Help during the weekends

• During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.
• Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open from 08:00 to 18:30 (core hours), except on weekends and bank holidays.
• If you need non-covid medical help during the weekend between 8am and 8pm, please call the extended hours GP service on 020 8280 2785. If you are calling outside these times, please visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111.
• If you have COVID symptoms, please visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111
• If you have a medical emergency, please dial 999 as usual.

Latest Updates Regarding Covid 19

• During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.

• Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open, except on weekends and bank holidays.

• If you have COVID symptoms, please go to www.111.nhs.uk or call 111. In a medical emergency, you should dial 999 as usual. Thank you for supporting the NHS

COVID-19 Contingency Sharing

Primary care staff across each borough will be able to access your full medical record without consent during the COVID-19 pandemic but will only do so when this is necessary to provide you with care. They will be required to use a smartcard which confirms their identity, and which limits their access and actions to those appropriate for their role. They will all have been trained to understand their professional and legal responsibilities in providing you with care

Private Consultants – Investigations and Medication

There have been problems with patients who see private consultants particularly in regard to IVF treatment and psychiatry, who expect us to replicate the medication the private consultants prescribe on the NHS. Sometimes this medication is not available or not appropriate for a NHS prescription; we are also being asked to order investigations which are inappropriate or unavailable. For this reason, from 1st November we will no longer do any investigation ordered by a private consultant. We will also not initiate any medication requested by a private consultant until they are stable on that medication first. This will have to be prescribed by the consultant in the first instance. We will also require a letter from the consultant.