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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Posted 2 months ago

Coronavirus 2019 ( COVID-2019)

In line with the UK Government directives to reduce the transmission of COVID 19, Street Medical Practice will primarily be offering telephone and where needed video consultations.  

Patients are only being seen at 2 Lower Sloane Street if there is a clear medical need for tests or an examination to be carried out. In these cases the patient must first pass a telephonic screening process before they attend the practice.  

Our admin team are available during office hours to take calls and book telephone appointments.

Please call us on 0203 9650556.

Public Health England Advice 

 The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

  • The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature and or a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  • To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

  For the latest advice from Public Health England Website, please use the link below

Thank you for your understanding during this time.

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COVID-19 Testing

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Posted 2 months ago
Street Medical Practice is now able to offer reliable testing for both the active COVID-19 infection – the PCR RNA test and to test for antibodies should you have had the COVID-19 virus - the IgG Antibody test.

Do I have COVID-19?

If you have the symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with people who have the virus and would like to know if you have the virus, the PCR RNA swab test is the most appropriate test to use in this situation.  

The PCR RNA swab test checks for the active presence of the virus. It is most accurate to detect the virus between 1 to 5 days after symptoms first present. This is on average 6 to 11 days after exposure to the virus. Some may experience milder or no symptoms but still be infected with the virus.

If this is appropriate, we can arrange for a swab test kit to be sent to you. The swab is taken from the nose and throat and sent to our regular laboratory, TDL (The Doctors Laboratory).  Results are reported in 2 - 3 working days. 

Cost of test: £95 – this includes reporting of the test sent to you by email or Royal Mail.

Have I had COVID-19?

IgG antibodies are usually produced some weeks after exposure to a virus and can signify immunity.

With this antibody test IgG antibodies can be detected 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. This test can confirm if you had previously been exposed to COVID-19. It is important to note that if you had mild symptoms only, the test may be negative. Most people who recover from coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies. It is important to note that it is not yet known if an individual with a positive result for IgG following COVID-19 infection will be protected, fully or partially either from future infection, or for how long protective immunity may last.

The antibody test is an accredited and reliable laboratory based test. It is different to the finger-prick cartridge-type tests that the UK chief medical officer previously advised people to avoid due to their proven lack of accuracy.  The antibody test we are offering requires a standard blood sample taken at the surgery and is sent to the laboratory. This test (Abbott IgG antibody test) has been independently evaluated and verified. It has a sensitivity of 96.77% (this means the ability of the test to correctly identify those who have had the disease) and specificity of 100% (this means the ability of the test to correctly identify those who have not had the disease) when tested at least 14 days after exposure to the virus. This means that inaccurate results are very unlikely and we feel confident offering it.  

A blood sample will be taken at the practice during a consultation and sent to our regular laboratory, TDL (The Doctors Laboratory), for a result within 1-2 working days.

Please book a consultation if you would like this test. It is important to book a minimum of 14 days after the onset of symptoms for the blood test to be reliable.

Cost:  £50 plus standard consultation fee / subscription consultation – this includes reporting of the test sent to you by email or Royal Mail.

Care Quality Commission

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Posted 1 years ago