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Coronavirus - update for ALL patients
Posted on 13 Mar 2020
Official NHS guidance states that the public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
- a NEW continuous cough
- a high temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
Do not attend the surgery is you have any of the above
Please follow the updated online guidance from NHS111 and the World Health Organisation which includes staying at home for 7 days and avoiding close contact with other people.
If after 7 days you require further healthcare advice on your symptoms, you are advised to speak to 111 directly.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
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
How to self-isolate if you're asked to
- stay at home
- not go to work, school or public places
- not use public transport or taxis
- ask friends, family members or delivery services to do errands for you
- try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
You will need to do this for at least 7 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
Read more coronavirus self-isolation advice.