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Coronavirus update

“Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 and the pressures on the NHS, we have been asked to stop any NON-ESSENTIAL work immediately. We will keep this under review.

We are asking that you ONLY call us or do an online consultation if you have an URGENT request. If it is a ROUTINE request, we will ask you to contact us when the pressures have reduced. We are still taking all prescription requests as normal. Please do continue to contact us for acute illnesses or urgent matters.

If you already have an appointment booked and it is classed as non-urgent work the practice will contact you and advise that your appointment is postponed until we are able to restart these services again.

Thank you for your support.

As of Monday 16th March 2020

Due to the current CORONAVIRUS pandemic, for the safety of all our patients and staff and to reduce the risk of onward transmission, we will not be booking any face to face appointments directly without our doctors consulting with you first.

 

We request that you make contact with the practice via econsult through our website. If this is not possible for you, please call the practice to book a telephone appointment; the doctor will decide upon whether you need to attend the surgery and you will be booked in accordingly.

 

This will be the situation for the foreseeable future, and only patients with booked appointments should be attending the surgery.

For more info click on www.gov.uk/coronavirus

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



 
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