During the COVID-19 pandemic services across Surrey have made changes to the way they are operating. Below is a summary of changes but please check directly with your GP, dentist, local hospital, pharmacy or Surrey County Council for the most up-to-date information.

GPs

Patients can still make appointments with a doctor, nurse, healthcare assistant or social prescriber but many GPs are limiting face-to-face contact and are conducting appointments via telephone or video consultation. GPs are still able to make referrals and you should still contact your GP if you have any health concerns.

Hospitals

Hospitals are open and are still providing safe, high quality, urgent and emergency care services for those people that need them. There are a number of NHS hospital trusts in Surrey and you should check the latest information provided by the trust before visiting.

Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Dentists

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, all non-urgent face-to-face dental activity was stopped. NHS dental surgeries are now open but there are a number of updates to be aware of and dentists need to prioritise patients with the most urgent need.

If you need help from a dentist:

  • Contact your local dentist.
  • If you don’t have one, contact any local NHS dental surgery using the NHS website.
  • You will be given advice, or an appointment if necessary.
  • For urgent dental care, out of hours or at weekends, if it cannot wait, please call NHS 111 or use the NHS 111 online service.
  • Find out how to get an NHS dental appointment during Covid-19 here.

Across every NHS region, a Local Urgent Dental Care system has been created to provide care for people with urgent and emergency dental problems. Urgent Dental Care centres (also known as hubs) have been set up to meet the distinct needs of people with urgent dental care needs during the current pandemic. Patients will be assessed as to whether they do need urgent treatment which cannot wait.

Where possible and safe, patients may be able to manage the dental problem themselves through taking painkillers or prescribed antibiotics to treat any dental infection. Face to face treatment is available when clinically required.

Drop-ins to urgent dental care hubs are not allowed given the need to protect patient and staff safety.

For further advice on dental services and urgent dental hubs in Surrey, please contact our Helpdesk.

Pharmacies

The government has issued revised standard operating procedures (SOP) for community pharmacies. There is information on more flexible hours and noticeable changes at community pharmacies across Surrey & Sussex and also information on accessing medicines.

Where possible, those who are considered vulnerable and those who are isolating should ask friends, family members or neighbours to collect their prescriptions. If this isn’t possible then you can get help from a local community hub or the Medicines Delivery Service in community pharmacies will ensure that patients, for whom the above two options are not applicable, are able to receive their prescription medicines when they need them.

Social Care

Surrey County Council have launched a Community Helpline 0300 200 1008, available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and Saturday – Sunday 10am – 2pm.

This community phone line is set up to:

– Help direct residents who need support, to services who can help (picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend).

– Provide advice on where to register your offer of help to support your community.

Changes to social care in Surrey can be found on Surrey County Council’s website.

Surrey County Council

Surrey County Council has launched a Coronavirus Community Helpline. If you need help or support call: 0300 200 1008. There is also a coronavirus information and advice page on their website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus

Voluntary and Community Groups

Many voluntary and community groups in Surrey are offering help and support to vulnerable and elderly people. There are also organisations offering advice and information and providing support for mental and emotional wellbeing.

Surrey Police

Surrey Police have a dedicated page on their website for coronavirus which provides information on their response, including crime prevention, FAQs, the Coronavirus Bill and new policing powers. https://www.surrey.police.uk/police-forces/surrey-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/2020/covid19/

Community Pharmacy Information

Due to the CIVID-19 pandemic, the government has issued revised standard operating procedures (SOP) for community pharmacies. There is information on more flexible hours and noticeable changes at community pharmacies across Surrey & Sussex and also information on accessing medicines. https://communitypharmacyss.co.uk/

If you have an experience related to COVID-19, you can leave your experience via the feedback form on our website. To access easy read information on how to share your experience with us please see our easy read document below.

Healthwatch Surrey share your experience – easy read https://www.healthwatchsurrey.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/covid-experiences-easy-read-lo-res_v2.pdf