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Coronavirus: Public Information

The Government and NHS are well prepared to deal with this virus. You can help too. Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. To protect yourself and others:

• Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
• Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
• If you have arrived back from China within 14 days follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

This is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including Coronavirus. Find out more at  https://www.nhs.uk

Travel advice

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should take the following action immediately (even if you do not have symptoms):

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as they would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the area

If you have returned to the UK from the following areas:  China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Honk Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath you should take the following action immediately (even if symptoms are mild):

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as they would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of their recent travel to the country

If you meet these criteria please do not go to your GP practice, healthcare centre or a hospital. Call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact 

What this means in practice

You should take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like you would with other flu viruses.

This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if they have symptoms) and not going to work, school or public areas.

Where possible, avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.

Transport

You should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after you return from Wuhan or Hubei Province (or elsewhere in China if you have symptoms).

What to look out for 

Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

General enquiries

For general queries regarding coronavirus visit  https://www.nhs.uk and follow the link for information on Coronavirus. But please do not call NHS 111 for general enquiries.

Please note that advice may change and we will share any relevant updates from NHSE or PHE via the GP Teamnet portal.

Next PPG Meeting is on Wednesday 6th May 2020 - Join us and have your say 

Who should get the flu vaccine?The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:

  • adults 65 and over

  • people with certain medical conditions(including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)

  • pregnant women

  • children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019

  • children in primary school

  • frontline health or social care workers

Extended Hours: With effect from Monday 1st July the practice will offer routine GP appointments from 8.00 am on a Monday and Tuesday each week.  You can book these appointments on line or via our reception team.

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