Dear Homewell Patients

As you can appreciate the team is quite pressured at present . We are doing our best to look after our patients . Here is what we are doing and how you can help us……

Our Priority is to decrease pressure on the practice and reduce unnecessary footfall. We are :

  • processing all scripts electronically to avoid contact with paper scripts. If you have not nominated a preferred pharmacy for your scripts to be sent please do so via our website. https://homewellpractice.co.uk/navigator/electronic-prescription-service/
  • If you have had recent reviews and blood tests, you may eligible for repeat dispensing which will help you to receive your medicines in a timely manner with such uncertainty surrounding us all.

Which patients are suitable?

  • Patients on stable therapy
  • Patients with long-term conditions
  • Patients on multiple therapy e.g. hypertension, diabetes, asthma etc.
  • Patients that can appropriately self-manage seasonal conditions
  • Additional info can be accessed here www.wessexahsn.org.uk
  • If you are keen please contact us via email– sehccg.homewell.practice-enquiries@nhs.net]

INHALER REQUEST: If you do not have any respiratory symptoms, or cough or fever we will not be issuing inhalers’ just in case’. There is no capacity in the system for this, and inhalers need to be reserved for those who need them, when they need them. Your must look after asthma and COPD in the way you have agreed with the clinicians when you were last seen.

Ibuprofen vs Paracetamol?

The NHS website has advised that there is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse but until more data become available, people are advised to take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus.

From the NHS website:

Ibuprofen

There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.

  • I am on an ACEinhibitor ie captopril, Ramipril , enalapril or a SARATN ie candesartan, irbesartan, losartan should I be worried that these medicines make Coronovirus /Covid19 worse ?

There is lack of substantial evidence to suggest that these medicines make Coronovirus Covid 19 worse. We advise that patients should continue their unless advised to stop by the clinician.

Details here: https://www.britishcardiovascularsociety.org/news/ACEi-or-ARB-and-COVID-19

Help us, help you . Together we can get through this.