Coronavirus - information for patients

Please note that the situation with the Coronavirus is one that is changing and we will update this page with the latest information when we receive it.

The below information contains advice from Public Health England and the World Health Organisation.

 

 IF YOU HAVE:

 

  • A HIGH TEMPERATURE OR A NEW, CONTINUOUS COUGH
  • BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH SYMPTOMS

DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY, COMMUNITY PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL. FOLLOW THE LINK https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 FOR ADVICE, STAY INDOORS AND se.

 

Some patients will also have received a text, letter or both from NHS England if they are identified as having a condition that makes them extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.  These are patients who suffer from:

 

  • People with a solid organ transplant such as a kidney or liver transplant

  • People with specific cancers

  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer

  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any

  • stage of treatment

  • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer

  • People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.

  • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.

  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.

  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)

  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection

  • People who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease

  • All patients on the following medications:

    Azathioprine, Mycophenolate (both types), Cyclosporin, Sirolimus, Tacrolimus

 The above patients have been advice to carry out “Sheilding” i.e., to stay at home at all times and to avoid any face-to-face contact for at least 12 weeks.  Further information on this can be found at:

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

All other members of the public are advised to maintain “social distancing” i.e., to maintain a safe distance of at least 2meters from anyone who is not a member of your household.  Further information on this can be found at:

 

 

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

 

 

 

USEFUL LINKS

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

Pituitary/ adrenal insufficiency (including steroid sick day rules): https://www.endocrinology.org/news/item/14050/Coronavirus-advice-statement-for-patients-with-adrenal%2fpituitary-insufficiency 

Underlying lung disease: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus 

People with Asthma: https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/

People with Diabetes: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus 

People affected by stroke: https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-people-affected-stroke 

 Pregnant women: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/ 

Children/young people with T1 Diabetes: https://jdrf.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-people-living-with-type-1-diabetes/ 

People with Heart/ circulatory disease: https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health 

Older people: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/coronavirus/ 

Young people with anxiety: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ 

 Adults with anxiety: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/ 

People with Rheumatoid Arthritis: https://www.nras.org.uk/news/coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far 

People with cancer: https://breastcancernow.org/about-us/media/statements/advice-coronavirus-people-cancer 

People with inflammatory bowel disease: https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-advice

 

What can I do to protect myself and others?

 

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

 


Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time.


Everyone is being reminded of the current Public Health England advice to follow:


 

    • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

 

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

 

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

    • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.