Bow Medical Practice

Bow Medical Practice

Main Surgery: Iter Cross, Junction Road, Bow, EX17 6FB
Branch Surgery: Devonshire House, Essington Road, North Tawton, EX20 2EX
Telephone: 01363 82333 Prescriptions: 01363 82749
Email:
D-CCG.BowMedicalPracticeEnquiries@nhs.net

Current time is 20:18 - Sorry, we're currently closed. Please call NHS 111

NHS

Telephone: 111

When the practice is closed

Service Pressures – Covid update 14/04/22

Posted on January 4th, 2022

With the relaxation of covid guidance, we are seeing a steady increase in cases within our community. Cases within our local hospitals remain above the national average. We currently have two GPs unwell due to the coronavirus, which is placing significant pressure on our team.
Even with very high vaccination uptake in our patients and staff, the spread of COVID-19 is already having a significant impact on NHS staff absences and this is likely to become worse. It is possible that the relaxation of guidelines will further impact on staffing and will cause more disruption to wider health and services.
 
Every additional person with COVID-19 impacts on the ability of the NHS to carry out other important work. For example, for every inpatient in hospital with COVID-19, on average more than eight other operations are postponed.
 
In our locality GP practices are:
 
*Reducing non-urgent work, for example routine check-ups, routine monitoring, minor surgery, sick notes
*Starting each consultation with a telephone call or online consultation first. We need to limit exposure for both patients and staff but anyone who needs to be seen face-to-face patient contact will be, where it’s safe to do
*Limiting the staff working in our buildings to reduce the risk of outbreaks, along with regular staff testing
*Strictly applying infection control precautions such as masks, ventilation, social distancing, and hand sanitiser
 
By ensuring these measures are in place, we will keep general practice open and therefore support our local hospitals, ambulances and out of hours services.
 
If we find that despite these measures some individual GP practices cannot open for a short period of time, then neighbouring GP practices in our area will support each other to ensure we can still ensure patients have access to GPs when it’s urgent.
 
Our practice will review the suitability of these arrangements each week as we learn more about the impact of Omicron on NHS services in Devon.
 
How can you help?
 
*Please be patient and kind to our staff who are working under extreme pressure
*Be prepared to wait whilst calling to collect medications
*Get your COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as possible if you haven’t already. Many people in intensive care units in Devon are young and unvaccinated
*Continue to follow national guidance about wearing face coverings in healthcare settings, social distancing and any other restrictions that are in place
 
Together we will get through this, thank you for your understanding.

Opening Times

  • Monday
    08:00 until 18:30
    Branch Surgery 8am - 1pm
  • Tuesday
    08:00 until 18:30
    Branch Surgery Closed
  • Wednesday
    08:00 until 18:30
    Branch Surgery 8am - 1pm
  • Thursday
    08:00 until 18:30
    Branch Surgery Closed
  • Friday
    08:00 until 18:30
    Branch Surgery 8am - 1pm
  • Saturday
    CLOSED
    Please call NHS 111
  • Sunday
    CLOSED
    Please call NHS 111