Coronavirus Advice for Patients

 

Latest advice on coronavirus can be found on the Government website here

UPDATE – 18.03.2020

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read our advice about staying at home.

 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

 

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

 

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

 

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You’ll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

Who is at risk?

You may be at a particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus if you:

  • have had an organ transplant and are taking immunosuppressant medicine
  • are having chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
  • have a severe chest condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
  • have another serious health condition

 

Latest advice on coronavirus can be found on the Government website here. 

UPDATE – 13.03.2020

Following the latest update from the Government yesterday, the country has now moved into the delay stage.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Read our advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days Use the 111 coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

 

UPDATE – 11.03.2020

 

We are currently in the process of contacting all patients with scheduled appointments at the surgery to complete pre-screening questions for Coronavirus in line with NHS guidance. You will be contacted by a clinician or member of the practice team in advance, who will confirm if you are still to attend.

We are grateful for your assistance at this time.

UPDATE – 05.03.2020

NHS 111 call centres are now experiencing very high call volumes due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Patients seeking information on coronavirus are being asked to visit the NHS 111online website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Any patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has a confirmed case, the NHS 111 online service have created coronavirus pages that advise patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances please visit https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Information about Coronavirus

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

Advice for the General Population

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus.

You can help too.

Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers. See below for more details about this.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus.

Find out more here. 

Advice for Travellers from China

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days, whether you have symptoms or not, or if you have travelled from elsewhere in China (but not Macao or Hong Kong) to the UK in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath,  you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

Where possible, you should avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Transport

You should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after your return from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms).

Getting Food and Medicine & Taking Children to School

We recommend that you stay at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms), and avoid public places. Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands on your behalf. Where possible, contact a friend or family member to take your children to school.

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus or if your symptoms are minor.