Coronavirus

PLEASE READ ALL OF THIS SECTION - this is serious.

LATEST UPDATE: there is a new surge of cases. It's on the up again and we all need to do our bit to protect each other.

Fever, Cough, Short of Breath or loss/change in taste or smell?
If you have ANY of these DO NOT GO TO THE GP SURGERY OR HOSPITAL.
Stay at home and follow the advice below.

More Information

If you have a new cough OR high temperature – irrespective of whether you have travelled or not…

  • Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital (to prevent putting other people at risk).
  • STAY at home and self isolate for 7 days (in other words, don’t go out, don’t socialise, get someone else to do shopping and leave it outside your door etc)
  • Click the Corona virus website tool below to get more advice for you.
  • If you don’t have internet, then Call 111  – they have a dedicated corona virus service (it’s a few simple questions and then tells you what to do).
  • If you feel you have serious symptoms (like shortness of breath) that cannot be self-managed at home, please click the Corona Virus Help Tool or Call 111.  
  •  The Corona VIrus Help Tool (see right)  is currently quicker than trying the Call 111 line.

HOW RISKY IS IT TO DO.....

Want to know how risky something is in terms of COVID compared to something else?  Click this infographic. 

Watch these two videos

Please watch these two video and send this link to others to watch.  Let’s get everyone clued up.    https://youtu.be/fnyvj8-YsmM

Other important things about Corona

Changes to how we run

  • We have switched off our online appointment booking service to reduce the number of people coming into contact with each other in our waiting room.
  • If you have an appointment for something routine, consider cancelling it or trying our e-consult service (see blue box below) or requesting a telephone consultation instead.
  • If you have just come back from any country, then self isolate for 7 days – irrespective of whether you have symptoms or not.
  • And to re-iterate – if you have a cough, cold, fever or flu-like symptoms, DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY.  Follow the procedure above. 

Social distancing works!!!

  • Corona is likely to last until the end of June.  Therefore, don’t plan any holidays until the crisis is truly over (probably next year).
  • Try not to go out to public places if you don’t need to 
  • Avoid coffee shops, the gym, restaurants, shopping malls, town centres, city centres and so on. 
  • Avoid public transport like the bus or train.    
  • Don’t do mini shops – go to the supermarket once or twice a week.   And don’t over buy; think about others.  If you panic-buy, you’re making it difficult for everyone else and then the public go into panic.  We are not going to run out of food if everyone does sensible buying – buy what you need.   Do your part, be a responsible person – thing about yourself AND think about others. 
  • Try and stay calm and don’t get too carried away by your thoughts.  The video on the right should help as should this little written piece below it.
  • And wash your hands regularly – watch the video clips below on how to do this the “proper” way.

If you go outside, wear a home-made mask

First of all, try not to go outside.      Reduce the number of times you shop etc.   Cut down on the number of times you go out.

  • If you do go out, stay away from crowded places like small shops and petrol stations when they are busy.  Go when they are quiet.
  • When walking past people on the street, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE – at leasst 2 metres away (i.e. about 3 large steps away).
  • Runners – Please run around people you pass.    Otherwise, you are huffing and puffing all over them and that’s not very fair.  Would you do that to your mother, father, brother or sister?
  • Yes, wear a mask.  But don’t go on Amazon or Ebay to buy medical grade masks – PLEASE LEAVE THOSE ALONE FOR MEDICAL STAFF (or people who are at high risk from COVID like those with COPD, bad asthma, bad diabetes, bad heart disease, elderly etc).   Instead, MAKE YOUR OWN MASK.   See some of the YouTube clips below.  

To reduce the way corona virus spreads, everyone needs to wear a mask when outdoors.

How to wash your hands

For Adults

Please watch this video and send this link to others to watch.  Let’s get everyone clued up.    https://youtu.be/IisgnbMfKvI

For Children

Please watch this video and send this link to others to watch.  Let’s get everyone clued up.  https://youtu.be/S9VjeIWLnEg

National Coronavirus Support Line 0333 880 6619

This is run by a wonderful organisation called Humanity First.    If you need advice during this difficult time, please call them.    They will do their best to help – and if they can’t, they will point you in the right direction.

Please note, this is NOT a medical advice line.  For medical advice, please call 111.  If you have an emergency, please call 999.

My Poorly Child & School

If you want some advice about your child, please follow the advice on the right hand side.   Children often get the common viruses, especially during the winter months.   The chesty viruses cause coughs and colds and the tummy viruses cause diarrhoea and vomiting.    Most of these minor viruses settle within a week or so.  

The problem is that some of these symptoms can also be the result of COVID-19.  That’s why this flowchart has been developed: to help you decide what needs doing and when to worry.

The good news is that most children do okay even with COVID-19.   So if your child looks rather well, eating and drinking well, playful, passing urine and breathing okay, then they should recover well over 7-10 days.

HOWEVER: if your child looks worryingly ill, not eating or drinking, not passing urine or is not breathing well, please call 111 or the GP for advice urgently.

HANDS

Wash your hands frequently

FACE

Cover your face - with a mask

SPACE

Make space between you and others
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