Coronavirus (Covid-19)


Information for the public is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

How is our Practice Covid Safe?

We are asking everyone to stay 2 metres apart as needed

All patients and staff are encouraged to wear a mask indoors, especially if they have cough

We ask everyone to wash their hands and/or use the available sanitising gels


General Information About Coronavirus

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with coronavirus via coughing, sneezing or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with current government guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of hospitals and GP practices and returned home to isolation. Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and their co-workers. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice

•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.


What does self-isolation mean for people who don’t have symptoms?

If you have been asked to self-isolate because of your recent travel, but had no symptoms, make sure you report any cough, fever or shortness of breath to NHS111, telling them you are being asked to self-isolate because of coronavirus.

If you have been given a designated medical contact point, you can also call them for advice and they will talk you through the next steps.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In an effort to improve response times, NHS 111 is recommending that patients concerned about COVID-19 should use the online assessment tool in the first instance to check your symptoms.

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

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.


Travellers should self isolate, even if you have no symptoms and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next. Go home or to your destination and then self-isolate, following the latest government guidance.

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.