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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) 

Update 24/03:


Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

 

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.


Important information about coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

If you live alone and have either a high temperature or a new continuous cough, do not leave your home for 7 days. If you live with other people, keep everyone at home for 14 days. To check if you need medical help, use the 111 coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. DO NOT go to your GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.

 


Stay at home: guidance for people with confirmed or possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

 

This advice is for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection


How to look after your symptoms at home

 

  • rest and drink
  • plenty of fluids
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • cover the mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • put used tissues in a bin
  • wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds

If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home and stops you from doing your daily activities, or your condition gets worse, use the 111 online service. If you don’t have internet access please call NHS 111.


For any patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, please see updated guidance:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Get help fast from your own NHS GP practice via E-Consult.

 

NHS 111 logo

If you need a service urgently outside normal surgery opening hours please contact NHS 111.You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A & E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t know the services available to you
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

How does 111 work?

The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced clinical staff. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you straightaway to the local service that can help you best. This could include A&E, an out of hours doctor, an urgent care centre or a walk in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist.

Where possible, the NHS 111 team will book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak with.

Calls to 111 are recorded. All calls and the records created are maintained securely, and will only be shared with others directly involved with your care.

You should only dial 999 for immediate, life-threatening emergencies or following a serious accident.