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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 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 >>

 

Kings Cross Surgery

 

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 – 7.00pm
Saturday 29 December 2018 9.00am – 12.00pm
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

 

Somers Town Medical Centre

 

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 8.00am – 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

Carers Rights Day celebration: Thursday 21 November 2019

We have teamed up with the Carers UK to celebrate Carers Rights Day on Thursday 21 November 2019. This is a national day that helps to ensure unpaid carers are aware of their rights and where they can get help and support.  See poster and event details below.

Event Details

On Thursday 21 November 2019, Carers UK will have an information stall at Kings Cross Surgery from 10.00am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4.00pm.

At the information stall, you will be able to find out how Carers UK can provide help and support to you – or a family member, friend or neighbour who may be a carer.

All patients, friends and family are welcome to attend the event.

We want to know if you are a carer

Please let us know if you are a carer. Carers are people who provide unpaid support to a partner, relative or friend to live independently. Without this help, their health or wellbeing would deteriorate.

If you are a carer, the practice will be able to offer you additional support to meet your own health needs.

Find out more about information about carers >>

About Carers UK

Carers UK is a national charity. Carers UK runs a network of local branches and contacts to support carers. Their goal is to give you expert information and advice that is tailored to your situation, to champion your rights and support you in finding new ways to manage at home, at work, or wherever you are.

Find out more about Carers UK >>

Kings Cross: Telephone Lines Down – Mon 10 June

 

Time of update: 1.00pm – Monday 10 June 2019

Dear Patients,

Please note that we are experiencing issues with the telephone lines at Kings Cross Surgery, this is due to a local BT issue that the telephone provider is working to resolve.

We have requested urgent and continuous updates, and have also asked the telephone provider to divert calls to our mobiles so we can provide, at the very least, a limited service for calls coming into the surgery. We apologise for any issues you may be experiencing and thank you for your patience.

If you need to contact us today and cannot get through on the telephone, please use one of the following options:

  • Use our online services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions or to view your medical records
  • Email us for non-urgent requirements on kingscrosssurgery@nhs.net
  • If you or someone else requires medical advice that cannot wait until our telephone issues is resolved, please contact 111, free from landlines and mobiles
  • If you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, or any other life threatening illness go to your nearest accident and emergency department or call 999.

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 >>

 

Kings Cross Surgery

 

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 – 7.00pm
Saturday 29 December 2018 9.00am – 12.00pm
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

 

Somers Town Medical Centre

 

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 8.00am – 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

Somers Town: Good CQC Rating

CQC’s new programme of inspections of England based GP practices focuses on rating according to whether they are safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Inspectors rated Somers Town Medical Centre “Good” for being well led and responsive to people’s needs.

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice said “We carried out an announced comprehensive inspection at Somers Town Medical Centre on 11 September 2018 as part of our inspection programme.

At this inspection we found:

  • The practice had clear systems to manage risk so that safety incidents were less likely to happen. When incidents did happen, the practice learned from them and improved its processes.
  • The practice routinely reviewed the effectiveness and appropriateness of the care it provided. It ensured that care and treatment was delivered according to evidence-based guidelines.
  • Feedback from patient interviews and CQC comment cards was positive about the way staff treated them.
  • Patient feedback indicated that people sometimes found it difficult to gain access to the practice by telephone, although they were usually able to get an appointment when they did get through.
  • The provider’s patient list included a large cohort of Bengali patients and in response full time Bengali interpreters were based at the practice.
  • There was visible leadership and a strong focus on continuous learning and improvement at all levels of the practice.”

Kings Cross Surgery: Telephone Issues

Dear Patients,

Time of update: 9.00am – Thursday 24 May 2018

Please note that there are essential maintenance works being carried out this afternoon at Kings Cross Surgery, which will cause us to lose power in the surgery briefly. 

You will be unable to contact the surgery by telephone between 1.30pm-2.00pm. We will also be running a limited service during this time and aim to resume to normal service shortly after 2.00pm. Thank you for your understanding.

If you need to contact us today and cannot get through on the telephone, please use one of the following options:

  • Use our online services to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions or to view your medical records
  • Email us for non-urgent requirements on wlccg.bs@nhs.net
  • If you or someone else requires medical advice that cannot wait until our telephone issues is resolved, please contact 111, free from landlines and mobiles
  • If you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, or any other life threatening illness go to your nearest accident and emergency department or call 999.

Late May Bank Holiday Times 2018

Please note that Kings Cross Surgery and Somers Town Medical Centre will be operating the following schedule till Tuesday 29 May 2018, after which the usual schedule will resume:

Somers Town Medical Centre

  • Saturday 26th May 2018: 9.30am-1.30pm
    Sunday 27th May 2018: 8.00am-8.00pm*
    Monday 28th May 2018 (Bank Holiday): 6.30pm-8.00pm*

Kings Cross Surgery

  • Saturday 26th May 2018: 9.00am-12.00pm
    Sunday 27th May 2018: closed
    Monday 28th May 2018 (Bank Holiday): closed

*Service ran by locality hub.

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