Important information about 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 protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.
Coming into contact with our services?
If you are admitted to our inpatient services you will be asked for permission to be swabbed to check for Coronavirus. In our community services, our staff will ask you a range of questions to screen you for coronavirus. These are:
- Do you or anyone in your household have coronavirus?
- Do you have a new, continuous cough?
- Do you have a high temperature (37.8oC or over)?
- Does anyone in your household have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature?
Additional information about Coronavirus:
NHS – https://www.nhs.uk/
Every Mind Matters – looking after your mental health https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
You can find out about national guidance in relation to Coronavirus here:
Public Health England – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do NOT book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Advice for pregnant women
clinical guidance on COVID-19 and pregnancy has been published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and will be updated on a weekly basis. Associated Q&As for pregnant women are also available on their site with the intention that this will be available on NHS.uk shortly.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advice you what to do which can be found here https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus;
- in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
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.
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.
A new video giving official advice on commonly asked questions is now available you can watch it here