Dear Patient

As you will be aware the COVID-19 Pandemic has gained a significant foothold in our country. Health Services, including Hospitals and GP Practices, will be working tirelessly and well beyond their safe capacity levels to help the sickest and most vulnerable patients. 

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 Benchill Medical Practice are doing telephone consultations to assess patients and only bringing patients in if they feel they need to be seen, once they have been assessed.

Latest Figures & COVID 19

Symptoms of COVID-19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (A high temperature of 37.8 or higher, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) then you have a responsibility to self isolate at home for 7 days. 

NHS UK Information of COVID 19

People who live in the household will also need to self-isolate for 14 days incase they develop any symptoms. If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, please try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, please try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

People with symptoms of COVID-19 do not need testing unless they are seriously ill and require hospital admission. 

If you are concerned that you or your child are seriously ill or you develop breathlessness then please use the NHS 111 Online Service. DO NOT ATTEND YOUR GP OR HOSPITAL A&E for the safety of our entire community, particularly the vulnerable and those at high risk. 

Only use the NHS 111 Online Service if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, your symptoms gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days. 

NHS 111 Online Service

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online help. 

If you are tested positive and need additional support please have a look at the following website for further information and guidance. 

Supporting Your Recovery After COVID-19

Face Covering
WE will not be providing letters or exemption certificates for face coverings in shops and on public transport. Exemption Cards are however available to print and we will post these separately for you to use if you believe you meet the criteria to be exempt from this from 24th July.
See further advice below by clicking on the link and for Exemption Cards

Self Isolatio
Please find the following link from the Government Website regarding staying at home.
Staying at Home Guidance
People that are self-isolating are now to Self Certificate for 14days instead of 7.

If you are self-isolating this form will need completing on your return to work.
Self Certificate Form

You can also fill out this form on the NHS Website.
Self Isolation Note

Citizens Advice Bureau
We are aware that many people are significantly concerned about job security, loss of income and the knock on effect COVID-19 may have on their lives and ultimately their health and wellbeing. Citizens Advice Bureau want to emphasise their support is still available during these difficult times.

Please the link below for further information about Citizens Advice Bureau. 
Citizens Advice Bureau & COVID-19

If you would like them to contact you about any support or advice please complete the following form and email the completed form back to
Citizens Advice Referral Form

Upon receipt of referral, Citizens Advice will make a first attempt to contact the patient in no more than 2 working days. Please be aware that calls will come from a withheld number.

A clinical trial exploring treatment for the COVID-19 virus is taking place. If you experience a new or worsening continuous cough and/or a high temperature and have had it for less than 14 days and are not starting to feel better OR you have had a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection which was taken fewer than 15 days ago, AND are unwell with symptoms of COVID-19, please click here to find out more. Please call the Trial Team if you have any questions or do not have access to online systems: 0800 138 0880

Principle Patient Recruitment

Useful Links Relating to COVID-19

COVID19 - Patient Data Processing Notice

Website: Sick Pay and COVID-19
Website: C
OVID 19 Guidance in Different Language
Website: Covid-19 Guidance On Social Distancing and For Vulnerable People
Website: Employee Assistance Programme
Poster: Employee Assistance Programme 
Website: COVID 19 Manchester Community Response
Website: Coronavirus Advice and Resources
Website: Coronavirus Extremely Vulnerable
Poster: Advice for Parents During COVID-19
Poster: Privacy Notice re COVID-19
Poster: COVID-19 - A quick guide for parents / carers

Support / Help Line Numbers for Manchester
Poster: Manchester Support Helpline Numbers
Poster: Manchester Support Helpline Numbers
Poster: Manchester Support Helpline Numbers
Poster: Mental Health Support for Under 18's

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation at this unprecedented time.

Benchill Medical Practice

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