What are the symptoms of Coronavirus?
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms which are either:-
- A high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- A new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
What do I do if I have symptoms?
Do not visit the Practice, Pharmacy or Hospital. In the first instance use the NHS 111 Coronavirus advice service online https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 Only telephone 111 if you do not have internet access.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you will need to stay at home for 7 days if you live with someone who has symptoms, you will need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having 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 do have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. Read the advice about staying at home by following the link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/slf-isolation-advice/
In the event that your symptoms are deteriorating quickly with severe shortness of breath or any other symptoms which normally require a 999 call, you must continue to use the emergency service - it is essential you mention to the 999 team that you think you might also have Coronavirus .
Am I a person at high risk from COVID-19?
People most at risk from Coronavirus are sometimes called "shielded" or "extremely vulnerable" people. This includes people who:-
- have had an organ transplant
- are having certain types of cancer treatment
- have blood or bone marrow cancer, such as leukaemia.
- have a severe lung condition, such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma
- have a condition, or are taking medicine that makes then much more likely to get infections
- are pregnant and have a serious heart condition
People who have the above, will receive a letter from the Practice advising them to completely isolate themselves from others as much as possible. If this applies to you and you are in employment, present this letter to your employer as proof of your need to shield. Please do not contact the Practice for a sick line or request further conformation from the GP.
There are many other groups of patients who have medical conditions which put them at increased risk if they become unwell with COVID-19 but are not in the groups currently advised to "shield" These individuals will not receive a letter from the Practice but it may still be advisable for them to reduce their contact with others. This means they should strictly follow social isolation protocols.
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (if you can't work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres away from other people at all times.
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family who live outside of your household.
If you feel you have a medical condition that puts you at increased risk and you cannot work from home then you need to discuss this with your employer directly, who can take advice from Occupational Health as needed. We would strongly advise that every possibility is explored to allow you to work from home but we cannot exempt you from work completely at this time. We cannot issue you with a sick line or a letter for your employer.
I have seen on social media that there is an Asthma rescue Pack available, Can I have one?
We are aware of social media posts circulating that people with Asthma will be issued with a rescue pack. This suggestion is incorrect and the decision to use rescue packs is only made after careful evaluation for people with severe (brittle) asthma or severe COPD who are under follow up by the Specialist Respiratory Team.
Shielding Advice 24 June 2020
Please find attached the most recent shielding advice from Public Health.