By Rachael Grealish
Appleby Medical Practice has announced it is currently closed for face-to-face appointments after a ‘small number of positive tests for COVID-19’.
A statement from the NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group read: “After a small number of positive tests for COVID-19, Appleby Medical Practice is currently closed for face to face appointments.
“Remote appointments carry on as usual, and anyone who needs a face to face appointment will be seen by colleagues at Temple Sowerby Medical Practice.
“The issue was picked up quickly because of strict infection prevention measures and processes put in place to protect patients and staff, which have proved effective.
“The Practice is working with Public Health colleagues who emphasise that risks to patients are very low. They will be contacting everyone who may have had contact with anyone confirmed covid positive with precautionary advice.
“This stresses the risks are low as the surgery team was following infection prevention processes, including exercising social distancing and wearing appropriate PPE.”
This is similar to the situation at Weston General Hospital in Somerset which closed to new patients being admitted because of COVID-19.
Most GP surgeries and clinics are closed for open surgery, during the pandemic, with telephone appointments and consultations taking place of this.