As the Chief Medical Officer of NHS England and Improvement has said, as coronavirus expands, routine services will inevitably come under pressure just as they are across Europe, which is why the NHS will flex its response in line with well-established escalation protocols.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
How long should I stay at home?
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
Read advice about staying at home.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
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.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come 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 encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Protect yourself and others
Everyone is being reminded to following Public Health advice to:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Visiting someone at North Mid
As a precuationary measure, we have temporarily changed our visiting arrangements. Please find out more detail here.
As part of our planning for a possible rise in the number coronavirus cases nationally, we are changing the way we deliver outpatient appointments. If we need to change your appointment, our team will contact you directly.
If you have a scheduled appointment, and have not been contacted by one of the team or been advised to self isolate by NHS 111, please attend as normal.
Have your kids got questions about Covid-19?
It's natural for children to ask questions about what they hear on the TV or radio, or being discussed in families and schools.
Use this easy-to-explain booklet to help your child understand what Covid-19 is, what it means for most people, and how they can stay safe.