Coronavirus – Important Notice For All Patients

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Help Control The Virus

To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly.
  • Cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces.
  • Make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household.

If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

Read more about what you can and cannot do at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do.

Coronavirus Symptoms

  • 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 of/change in smell or taste

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 coronavirus service  to find out what to do.

Testing For Coronavirus

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too. For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/.

There is another test (antibody test) that checks if you’ve already had the virus. This test is not widely available yet. You can find out about antibody testing at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-antibody-tests.

What To Do If You Need Medical Help For Another Reason

If you need medical help not related to coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
  • For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. Only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

Read more advice about getting medical help at home at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/getting-medical-help-at-home/.

Other Things You Can Do To Stop The Infection Spreading

Do:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside.

Don’t:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

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 be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time. 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.
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Please do not ring us to ask about the Covid vaccine. You will be called when it is your turn. Thank you for your cooperation.