Changes to Primary Care Services
Our top priority is to provide essential primary care services in these extraordinary times. You will likely have noticed your surgery has moved to a ‘telephone first’ approach. This is to minimise the number of people attending surgeries, where they might spread or catch Coronavirus (Covid-19).
In Central Vale we are running a hot centre in Porthceri Surgery. This is where a clinician will assess you if are significantly unwell, and Covid-19 may be the cause. Please note the vast majority of patients with Covid-19, particularly those who are young and have no medical conditions will not require examination, and are expected to stay at home in self isolation. We will only be examining you when this is essential, to ensure we are not spreading the virus.
If you need a fit note, either due to symptoms of Covid-19 or because you are self isolating this is available via the symptoms checker. Please do not contact your GP for a fit note in this instance. Please note it appears if you need a sick note because someone in your family has symptoms of Covid-19, and you are well but self isolating, you will need to enter their symptoms into the checker, rather than your own. This may be sorted soon.
Unfortunately, the family, friends and children of patients with suspected or confirmed symptoms of Covid-19 will not be allowed to visit at this time.
In response to Covid-19 we have made the difficult decision to temporarily stop the Minor Injuries Service at Barry Hospital from Monday 23 March
We are aware of social media posts suggesting patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions (eg. COPD and asthma) should contact their GP for a ‘rescue pack’ medication
Coronavirus: Lockdown in Wales to be extended next week - BBC News
Coronavirus: Barry GPs team up in 'unprecedented' challenge - BBC News
Coronavirus: Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM - BBC News
Crowds leave city centres deserted but flock to Welsh landmarks in droves - Wales Online
EMA issues statement on ibuprofen reports relating to COVID-19 - European Pharmaceutical Review
'Stay at home' - Doctors and nurses appeal to UK - BBC News