Information for patients with a positive COVID PCR test

Please contact the surgery by telephone if you are unwell and require medical advice or assessment.

For information on looking after yourself at home, see www.nhs.uk/self-isolation-and-treatment

Combined contraceptive pill

If you take the combined oral contraceptive pill and are unwell, please telephone the surgery. Some patients in this situation may wish to stop their pill to reduce the risk of blood clots. Please do not do this without discussing with a GP.

COVID Virtual Ward

There is a monitoring service available for those adults (over 16) who are at higher risk of more serious illness. This involves having an oxygen monitor at home and uploading your results to the service. This is to identify people who may have low oxygen levels which can indicate more severe infection.

You may be eligible for this service if any of the following apply to you:

  • Currently pregnant or within 6 weeks of delivery
  • Over 50yrs old
  • Have a BMI over 35
  • Black, Asian or minority ethnic
  • Have diabetes, heart disease,
  • Are on cancer treatment
  • Have a learning disability
  • Or have another medical condition that affects your immune response.

Please telephone the surgery and ask to speak to the duty doctor if you would like to be referred for this service.

Antiviral treatments in the community for those at the very highest risk

Some patients may have received a letter saying they are eligible for molnupiravir treatment in the community if they test positive for covid. Most of these results will be picked up centrally and you will be contacted directly by the COVID Medicines Delivery Unit (CMDU) and they will assess your eligibility and arrange treatment if appropriate.

If you have received one of these letters and have not been contacted within 24hrs of your positive result, please telephone the surgery.

If you think you may be eligible as you have one of the below conditions but have not received a letter, please telephone the surgery.

Active cancer, a current solid organ transplant or a failed transplant in the last 12 months, sickle cell disease, CKD 4 or 5, cirrhosis of the liver, HIV on therapy, Down syndrome, MS, MND, myasthenia, Huntingdon’s chorea or a primary immunodeficiency, CLL, follicular lymphoma, Waldenstrom’s,

or

Has been on immunosuppressive therapies during the last 12 months (chemotherapy or nMABs) for a malignancy, renal disease, liver disease or autoimmune conditions, including corticosteroids equivalent to prednisone 20mg a day for a month or more, but excluding standard methotrexate monotherapy

or

Has had radiotherapy in the last 6 months.

Booster vaccinations

Your booster vaccination must be a minimum of 28 days after your positive PCR test so may need rearranging.