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Novel Coronavirus

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.

What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What’s the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See the NHS.uk coronavirus advice for travellers.

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

Check if you need medical help

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see the NHS.uk coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Start now

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

How to self-isolate if you’re asked to

If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).

This means you should:

  • stay at home
  • not go to work, school or public places
  • not use public transport or taxis
  • ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
  • try to avoid visitors to your home – it’s OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food

You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Read more coronavirus self-isolation advice.

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Do I need to avoid public places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.

More information

Page last reviewed: 3 March 2020

Winter Holiday Timings 2019-2020

Please note our opening schedule until Thursday 2 January 2020 below, when the usual schedule will resume.

If you require out of hours care or advice, find out what you can do when we are closed >>

 

Tuesday 24 December 2019 8.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 25 December 2019 CLOSED
Thursday 26 December 2019 CLOSED
Friday 27 December 2019 8.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday 28 December 2019 9.00am – 1.00pm
Sunday 29 December 2019 CLOSED
Monday 30 December 2019 8.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 31 December 2019 8.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday 1 January 2020 CLOSED
Thursday 2 January 2020 8.00am – 6.30pm

Practice Run – Wednesday 21 August 2019

Dear Patients,

Our practice team invites you to join us in a practice run on Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 6.30pm. We will meet at The Loxford Practice and walk together to Barking Park, where the run will take place.

The aim of the run is to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, carers and practice staff. You can run as much or as little as you wish, and if you prefer to walk, some of our team will walk with you.

Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it burns more calories than any other mainstream exercise.

Regular running can reduce your risk of long-term illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your mood and keep your weight under control (NHS.uk).

By engaging in running together, this also helps us to develop and nurture our local community and environment that is centred around wellness generation. This activity also helps us to ensure we support the UK-wide movement of social prescribing activities.

Winter Holiday Timings 2018-2019

Please note our opening schedule until Wednesday 2 January 2019 below, after which the usual schedule will resume for each practice from Thurs 3 January 2019.

If you require out of hours care or advice, find out what you can do when we are closed >>

 

The Loxford Practice

 

Monday 24 December 2018 8.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 25 December 2018 CLOSED
Wednesday 26 December 2018 CLOSED
Thursday 27 December 2018 8.00am – 6.30pm
Friday 28 December 2018 8.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday 29 December 2018 9.00am – 1.00pm
Sunday 30 December 2018 CLOSED
Monday 31 December 2018 8.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday 1 January 2019 CLOSED
Wednesday 2 January 2019 8.00am – 6.30pm

 

 

Telephone lines down on Weds 21 November 2018

Update: 8.30am on Monday 26 November 2018

The issue is now resolved. Thank you for your patience.

Update: 8.30am on Thursday 22 November 2018

Dear Patients,

There are still disruption to our telephone lines. This issue is affecting the whole of the East London area and engineers are working hard to resolve the problem.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

The Loxford Team

Update: 8.30am on Wednesday 21 November 2018

Dear Patients,

We are currently experiencing disruption to our telephone lines.

Engineers are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and we will update here once normal telephone service resumes.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

If you need more urgent help, please use the Message My GP function on our websites, or you can call 111 for any issues that cannot wait to see or speak to your GP. For medical emergencies, dial 999. Thank you.

The Loxford Team

Diabetes Awareness Event: After-event report with pictures

The Loxford Practice hosted a successful Diabetes Workshop for all members of the public on Wednesday 14 November 2018. See pictures from the event below.

The event, which was led by our GPs and Pharmacists, was well attended, mixed with a number of surgery staff, local residents and our patients. Attendees were able to learn more about Diabetes and answer any questions they had about the condition.  Visitors also enjoyed free refreshments during the event.

This event was a great example of successful partnership between patient and our team and we would like to thank Derek, one of our own patients, for contributing to this amazing event and hosting an expert talk on Deiabetes.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of Diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. People most at risk include those over the age of 40, those who are of a South Asian descent, and those who are overweight. Read more about Diabetes on the NHS website.

Diabetes Awareness Event – Wednesday 14 November 2018

The Loxford Practice will be hosting a Diabetes Awareness Workshop for all members of the public on Wednesday 14 November 2018 between 6.00pm and 7.00pm – all are welcome to attend. See poster below.

The event will be led by our GPs and Pharmacists, who will be there to offer advice about Diabetes and answer any questions you might have about this condition. Visitors can also enjoy FREE refreshments during the event.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are 2 main types of Diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2. People most at risk include those over the age of 40, those who are of a South Asian descent, and those who are overweight. Read more about Diabetes on the NHS website.

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