It is all over the news: the corona-virus (COVID-19). Every day new information is added about how many people are infected, where they are and about recommendations and restrictions that RIVM (National Institute of Public Health and Environment), GGD (public health service) and national government have issued.

The main message for you as a patient is:

  • do you have complaints of the airways (coughing, coughing up mucus, shortness of breath, nasal congestion and/or sore throat) AND
  • do you have a fever (38 degrees Celsius or higher) or a feverish feeling (if you’re 70 or older)?

Call our practice (so do not visit our practice) at 071-5319300 for further advice. Or call the GP-ward outside office hours: 088 – 427 47 00. If a consultation or house call is necessary, we will arrange how that can be done.

 

Do you have complaints of your airways (coughing, coughing up mucus, shortness of breath, nasal congestion and/or sore throat) without a fever, do not enter the practice. Visit the following websites for further information: Thuisarts.nl , RIVM , Rijksoverheid. Or call the national phone number of the RIVM for information: 0800-1351.

 This way you will not infect any other patients or caregivers.

 

From now on: our practice will only be available for urgent medical care. That means that from Monday March 16th 2020 all non-urgent care will be canceled or postponed. You will be contacted from our practice if an appointment was already made. This also means that appointments will only be planned for urgent complaints. Everyone will be asked if they have any corona-like symptoms. We hope for your understanding. The goal of this approach is to minimize the chance of spreading the corona-virus, to minimize the chance of caregivers being infected and to continue the urgent GP-care.

 

If you have an urgent medical complaint and you have complaints of your airways without a fever, special appointments can be made. A GP in protective gear will help you. We will ask you to wait outside the building. You will receive a call when you can enter. So be sure to have a cellphone with you. If you are coughing, you will be asked to wear a mouth mask. After the appointment you will be asked to leave the building. Medication can be collected in the pharmacy only by someone without complaints of the airways.

Slowly, we will resume our regular care. Possibly in new ways, for instance by videocallling. If an appointment is planned, we will do that as carefully as possible.

 

Advices:

  • Only visit our practice if you have an appointment. If you want to contact our practice: call our practice, or send an e-consultation through mijngezondheid.net
  • Follow the guidelines of the RIVM. So: wash your hands regularly, cough and sneeze in the inside of your elbow, use paper napkins, do not shake hands and stay at home if you have any airway symptoms.
  • Try to touch your face as little as possible. Contaminated surfaces can contain viruses, and through touching your face they can reach the airways.
  • Keep a safe distance from each other, preferably at least 1,5 meters (for instance while doing groceries). Try to limit social contacts (social distancing). In public spaces, use your gloves, sleeves or elbows for doorhandles, elevator buttons, shopping carts et cetera.
  • People in the Netherlands are encouraged to work from home as much as possible or to spread the working hours.
  • For vulnerable people (the elderly and people with low resistance): avoid large groups of people and public transportation. People are urgently advised to limit visits to vulnerable people.

 

 

measures to prevent COVID-19 spread

 

Useful links:

Current information by RIVM

Corona-data visualised

COVID-19 realtime