Coronavirus information – please stay at home

Published on Mar 19, 2020

Advice on the global coronavirus outbreak is constantly being updated. You can find the latest local and national information and advice from Public Health by clicking here. 

North Lincolnshire CCG Chairman Dr Faisel Baig has issued the following statement:

“Dear North Lincolnshire Residents,

Many of you will be aware of our Government’s recent guidance on social distancing and the need to limit all non-essential contact if we are to tackle Coronavirus Covid-19 effectively. This guidance is especially relevant if you are over 70 and/or have a long-term medical condition, are immuno-suppressed or are pregnant: Please click here

If you think you have symptoms of Coronavirus Covid-19, you and your household/close contacts will need to self-isolate and it may be that you need to seek some medical advice through NHS 111 online.  Please use the links below to guide you:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

If you already have a GP practice appointment or feel that you need one, you are asked not to attend your GP practice in person unless advised to do so by a member of staff at the practice.  You should phone your practice or contact them online in the first instance.  You will find that your GP or nurse will most likely phone you back to establish more information about your medical needs and will then agree the best course of action with you whilst considering the national guidance.

It may be that your GP or nurse is able to treat you through a phone or a video consultation or that it is deemed safe to call you into the practice. In some circumstances you may be redirected to another service, for example NHS 111.

Medications only need to be ordered in the quantities that you usually request and prescriptions can be sent directly from practices to your chosen pharmacy.

Our GP practice teams and all our NHS staff are working harder than ever during this challenging environment so please bear with us and be rest assured that we will do our absolute best to ensure that your needs are met.

Best wishes.”

Dr Faisel Baig

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

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

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

Continue to stay at home if you have 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 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Information: Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

What to do if you need medical help for another reason

If you need medical help not related to coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

  • For health information and advice, use the NHS website or check your GP surgery website.
  • For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. Only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.
  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Advice for people at high risk

If you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, there are extra things you should do to avoid catching it.

These include:

  • not leaving your home – you should not go out to do shopping, visit friends or family, or attend any gatherings
  • avoiding close contact with other people in your home as much as possible

Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you’re at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK.

Who is at high risk?

You may be at high risk from coronavirus if you:

  • 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 that makes you much more likely to get infections
  • are taking medicine that weakens your immune system
  • are pregnant and have a serious heart condition

Information: If you’re at high risk, you will be contacted by the NHS by Sunday 29 March 2020. Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

How coronavirus is spread

Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists.

Treatment for coronavirus

There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.

Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.

Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.

You’ll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.

Get an isolation note to give to your employer

If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note to send to your employer as proof you need to stay off work.

You do not need to get a note from a GP.

Information: If you have symptoms of coronavirus and need to stay at home, use the 111 coronavirus service to get an isolation note.

 

Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

For further details please click here.

 

 

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