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)?
- Do you have change in/or loss of taste/smell
- Does anyone in your household have a new, continuous cough, high temperature or change in/or loss of taste/smell?
For the latest shielding advice click here
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
- The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
- If you have Covid-19 symptoms, get a test. It’s really important that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms can get a test. This will help us stop the spread of the virus. If you don’t have Covid-19 symptoms and you are trying to book a test, do not come forwards for a test – you could be taking a test away from someone who really needs it. This is increasingly important as we head into Autumn and Winter and more people will get colds and the flu. Only if you have one of the 3 symptoms should you book a test.
- Do not stockpile tests – the NHS has plenty of stock and if you develop symptoms in future you will be able to book a test. There is no need to order a test in case of future use.
- If someone in your household starts to have symptoms, then that person must get tested and the rest of the household should self-isolate with them whilst they wait for the results. If you or other members of the household don’t have symptoms, then you should not get a test – only people with symptoms should get tested. The vast majority of people who are tested in person get their results the very next day. Full guidance on self-isolation is available on gov.uk.
- If you are self-isolating or in quarantine, then a negative test result does not mean you can end isolation early. The virus can take time to develop and so a test early on does not prove that you won’t go on to develop the virus. That means you could still be at risk of spreading the disease to other people.
- If you have symptoms and need to book a test, you can do this online or by ringing 119. We have been seeing more people trying to ring 111 about testing but we need to make sure that 111 is protected for people who are ringing about other medical and health issues.
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.
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