Letter from our doctors to our patients - please click here
The NHS in England 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 can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 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
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
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.
Recent texts/letter about 12 Week isolation for At Risk Groups
Who is at high risk? You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition that makes you much more likely to get infections
- are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
If you're at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted. GPs do not have any other information than is available on the NHS website.
Rescue Medication for Asthmatics and COPD patients
Despite recent media discussion on Facebook etc. guidance states that there is usually no need for asthmatics to have Rescue medication packs. The only group of patients requiring these is patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) with a breathless scale of 3 or greater. GPs at this time are generally NOT issuing anyone outside of this group with rescue pack medication.
Up to date information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have questions about inhalers for your Asthma please read this first.
Additional useful links
- Handwashing advice -http://content.phepartnerships.co.uk/?VVTR.Vez7yrpEf0I1gZ.wL8A4KbrWDQiV&https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/5016A
- Home Isolation Advice - http://content.phepartnerships.co.uk/?J4Tk.VJnmHrpE.Pj1aZ.wL8V4KU8WjRiJ&https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101/resources/4992
New easy read information about Coronavirus
We have been working with Public Health England to make some easy read information about Coronavirus (sometimes called COVID-19).
Coronavirus is a new illness that can affect your lungs and your breathing.
This easy read information tells you about 5 things that everyone can do to help stop you and other people getting Coronavirus.
You can read the easy read information about Coronavirus
You can also watch The Hand Washing Rap - a video about washing your hands from Purple All Stars.
Or read this easy read poster from Photosymbols
For details of organisations and helplines - please click on the following link
Shielding patient support
People who have been advised to shield can ask volunteers for short-term help by calling 0808 196 3646 between 8am - 8pm.