Thank you for your understanding and support for the work we’ve been doing to keep patients, the general public and healthcare staff as safe as possible throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
We’ve been working in collaboration with all 19 Herefordshire GP surgeries to introduce new ways of operating that have affected the way patient care is delivered.
In particular, GPs have undertaken more consultations remotely (via telephone or video link) and you have been asked not to go to your surgery unless you have telephoned in advance to check that this is the right thing for you to do.
Surgeries have remained open throughout the pandemic (although operating differently).
You should continue to telephone your GP if you are worried about any medical symptoms.
If you have children, it’s also vitally important that they attend any appointments for routine immunisations in order to prevent the spread of preventable disease.
The Coronavirus is still present in our communities, so we ask you to continue to remain vigilant, to follow Government guidelines regarding handwashing and social distancing and to get tested for the virus if you experience any symptoms, in particular a new, persistent cough, fever and/or loss of your sense of taste or smell.
Thank you for your continued cooperation and support during these challenging times.
Taurus Healthcare is a Federation comprised of all 19 GP practices in Herefordshire.
If you are registered with a GP practice in the county, you can be sure that it is a member of Taurus Healthcare.
We support GP practices to be safer, more effective, efficient and resilient. We do this by offering a range of services to GP surgeries, for example back office functions such as Recruitment, Human Resources and Finance, all the way through to stepping in, on request, to run a GP surgery. The exact nature of the services we provide will be dependent on the needs and requirements of the surgery.
We also support GP practices by delivering a number of clinical services on their behalf. For example, the 7 day GP and GP Out of Hours Services are both operated by Taurus Healthcare. Taurus also provides the Covid Management Service and offers many supporting roles in the community, including pharmacists, social prescribers, dieticians and care coordinators.
A final important role of Taurus Healthcare is to represent all 19 GP practices and to act as a ‘single voice’ in discussions about current and future healthcare provision. For example, at meetings of the NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, local NHS trusts or other strategic bodies such as Herefordshire and Worcestershire GP Practice Provider Board.
Ultimately our aim is to help patients have more control over their own wellbeing and healthcare, promote the prevention of illness, and to improve access to general practice so that your GP service is consistent 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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