Coronavirus

 

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Call 111 now if you have been:

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on the NHS Website

What is it?

Like the common cold, Coronavirus infections usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough or sneeze or hand contact. A person can also be infected through touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

What you need to do?

STAY AT HOME 

You should only leave the home for one of four reasons;

Advice for people with severe health conditions

This week NHS services will be contacting people with a range of severe health conditions urging them to self-isolate for 12 weeks. We have also contacted all local patients with a generic message following the prime ministers advice yesterday (23rd march). Please don't panic if you have received the text and don't have a severe health condition. Health advice will be confirmed by letter to those identified this week. There is no need to contact you GP about the message.

For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for full guidance on staying at home and away from others.

 

Testing

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or a contaminated surface is very low at this current time, as a members of the public who have visited Wuhan or Hubei province and China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encourage to attend all appointments as usual

 

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to: