CORONAVIRUS

CORONAVIRUS

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The latest information on symptoms of coronavirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronaviruscovid-19/

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

If you develop a FEVER or NEW PERSISTENT COUGH, please SELF ISOLATE at home for at least 14 days. DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY, PHARMACY or HOSPITAL.

If you have a FEVER or NEW PERSISTENT COUGH and feel unwell or that your condition is deteriorating, please access NHS 111 online or ring NHS 111 for further advice. DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY, PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL.

Until further notice all future requests for appointments will be screened by a GP to determine if you need to be seen at the surgery.

We appreciate your support in following the above guidance.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has
also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

For the latest COVID-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk.