Covid-19 Coronavirus

In line with other health organisations, Locala is following national guidance in delivering our services (please see below for current services changes).

The latest updates on symptoms and advice relating to Covid-19 are available on the NHS111 website – please visit the website first rather than trying to telephone NHS111.

The NHS advice is to self-isolate if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, or visit one of Locala’s clinics/health centres if you have any of the symptoms.

Service changes

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and in line with national NHS guidance, Locala has made changes to the delivery of our services (see the list for the latest updates below).

This is to ensure that our resources are targeted to those areas which are key in tackling the Coronavirus pandemic and supporting our local hospitals.

Where services have been suspended, patients have been contacted by letter and/or telephone to help them with their health needs and provide appropriate support and assistance.

Preparing for your appointment

If you are due to attend an appointment with one of our services please click here for advice on preparing for your appointment and what to expect when you arrive.

New guidance from the Government and NHS England states that all patients must wear face coverings at all times when attending appointments.

Face coverings are different to face masks in that they can be homemade, made of cloth, and be reusable. Please ensure you are wearing a face mask or face covering when you attend your appointment.

Advice on how to wear and make a face covering can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.

For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival.  Please make your clinician aware beforehand so arrangements can be made.

Current service changes:

Cardiology/Heart problems - Appointments, clinics and exercise programmes are currently suspended. Patients being contacted by telephone.

Adult Continence – This Service has been reduced and is targetting those with the most urgent continence care needs. Self-help advice and guidance is available on the Continence webpages.

Day Surgery - All appointments cancelled.

DentalEmergency appointments for current patients only – please contact the service by telephone if you require support.

Dermatology Telephone service and on line consultations.

Diabetes - Most clinics postponed. Please contact the service if you were due to attend. Please note: DAFNE Diabetes and DESMOND courses are currently suspended.

MSK (Musculoskeletal) Muscles, joints and bones – Face-to-face appointments have been cancelled. Patients are being contacted by telephone.

Our GP services – (Whitehouse Centre, Park and Calder surgeries) – All continue to support patients. Initial contact is via telephone with patients offered appointments or telephone consultation as appropriate.

Immunisation Team Please note immunisation appointment are continuing

Podiatry - Routine appointments suspended although continuing to see "wound care" service patients and urgent cases.

Sexual Health - Our Sexual Health Queue and Wait clinics in Bradford, Dewsbury and Huddersfield have been suspended until further notice – please contact the service by telephone on:
 - Kirklees (Huddersfield and Dewsbury clinics) - 030 3330 9981
 - Bradford - 030 3330 9500

Tuberculosis (TB)  - Some clinics postponed so please contact 030 3330 9869 before attending.

Thriving Kirklees 0-19 / Calderdale 0-5 teams (Nursery Nurses and Health Visitors) Baby Cafés, self weigh and breastfeeding peer support groups have been closed.

Walk in Centres
• Dewsbury – open as usual
• Halifax – currently closed
• Todmorden – currently closed