Government Update 12.3.2020
The main messages are:
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. This applies to anyone irrespective of whether you have travelled or been in contact with a known case of coronavirus
- this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible
- sleep alone, if that is possible
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water
- stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible
- you do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
What does this mean for our patients?
- If you have a routine health check appointment booked you can either cancel this or ask for a telephone review where appropriate.
- Please do not attend the practice if you have any flu symptoms (dry persistent cough, high temperature or sore throat) All patients attending the practice will be screened before being allowed in clinical areas.
- Use the online NHS111 checker in the first instance to help limit the demand on the 111 service.