Doctors in Derby will no longer be accepting face-to-face appointments due to Coronavirus.
The Park Medical Practice, which is based at the University of Derby, today announced it would not be seeing patients.
A statement from the practice said: “We have been instructed by NHS England to no longer accept face-to-face appointment booking.
“Therefore all appointment requests need to be via the telephone.
“This is to continue to minimise the spread of Coronavirus and protect both our patients and staff. If you do come the surgery to book an appointment you will be politely asked to leave and contact us via telephone.”
Patients will be offered either a telephone or triage appointment, patients will only be offered a face to face appointment if the GP feels it is necessary.”
But patients went on social media to complain about the decision. Here’s what they said:
Really annoying that Derby Uni doctors have closed, of course I understand why but a lot of people’s health could be put at risk…
— Charlotte (@Charll_Turner) March 16, 2020
Frustrated that the doctors in Derby are cancelling face to face appointments but i completely understand why!! #covidー19uk
— Daniele Fochtaite (@dfochtaite) March 16, 2020
However some people were happier than others…
Think this is probably for the best. Have to keep the NHS safe!! pic.twitter.com/Tg2ue0wa8T
— Alex (@alexbeadnell_) March 16, 2020
With the situation and advice constantly changing it is not known what will happen next.
The Government is set to do daily media briefings from today and update its medical advice.
For more information and updates visit the NHS England here.