2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice

Please do not book an appointment or attend your practice if you’ve visited or travelled through any country currently msanaging an outbreak of coronavirus including Italy, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand and have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath within 2 weeks of returning, or if you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath after being in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus also known as COVID-19. 

Please call NHS 111 instead.

As you may be aware the World Health Organisation has declared the Coronavirus a public health emergency.  A considerable number of people have tested positive for the virus and it is anticipated that this number will increase significiantly in the coming weeks.  The UK Chief Medical Officer has declared the risk to individuals as low to moderate.  For individuals with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease the virus is a much higher threat.

The advice for anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced recently that regulation (Health Protection Coronavirus Regulations 2020) has been put in place to impose restrictions on individuals considered by health professionals to be at risk of spreading the virus. These regulations provide NHS staff, dealing with possible cases of the virus, the power to keep individuals in isolation where they are a threat to public health.

A public information campaign has been launched by the department of health on how individuals can protect themselves from infection.  The advice is to:

  • always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
  • wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs

Further information/updates:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-public-information-campaign-launched-across-the-uk

Our advice is to keep yourself aware of the updates using the link provided and for anyone who thinks they  may be affected or at risk due to recent travel etc. to contact NHS 111.

Update from 14th Feb guidance is that people should NOT go to either their GP practice or A&E but should contact NHS 111 for further advice.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued standard operating procedures (SOP) in relation to coronavirus.  The information can be accessed using the following link.

The SOP is to support the interim guidance published by Public Health England on 25th February.  This guidance can be accessed here.

CORONAVIRUS

NHS England Advice

Please do not book an appointment or attend your practice if have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath within 2 weeks of returning from abroad, or if you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath after being in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus also known as COVID-19.   Please call NHS 111 instead.