North Devon GP surgery postpones appointments following coronavirus outbreak

Hartland Surgery. Picture: Google

Hartland Surgery. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

A North Devon GP surgery has postponed all face-to-face appointments following an outbreak of coronavirus.

Hartland Surgery said a number of staff have tested positive for Covid-19 over the past few days.

In a post on the surgery’s website on Sunday (October 25), Dr Sam Tapsell said a ‘bare minimum’ telephone and email service would remain in place to protect patients.

The statement said: “Over the past few days, we have had a number of staff who have tested positive for Covid.

“We will therefore postpone all face to face contacts with a bare minimum telephone or email service in place to protect our patients.

“We also need to avoid staff working within the practice building where possible to prevent further spread.

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“If your problem is not urgent, could you please give us two weeks to get the surgery back towards a more normal service.”

Patients who develop any Covid symptoms – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – are advised to arrange a test.

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