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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE









The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.




  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. 




  • if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then then you must stay at home for 7days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.




  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.




  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community




Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or a hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.


 


Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:


• you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home


• your condition gets worse


• your symptoms do not get better after 7 days


 


Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


 


Stay At Home advice can be found on gov.uk


 


Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:


• 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.


 


Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website.










IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS PLEASE DO NOT TAKE IBUPROFEN, PLEASE USE PARACETAMOL INSTEAD.

An appeal from Herefordshire GP Practices

 

Herefordshire GPs are receiving a large number of requests for ‘rescue packs’, containing antibiotics and steroids.

 

These are important for those with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and Asthma who have regular flare ups of their condition. Access to these drugs enables people with these conditions to treat themselves immediately, often preventing the need for further medical intervention.

 

However, evidence shows that steroids are unhelpful and possibly harmful in Coronavirus infection. We also know that antibiotics are ineffective against viruses.

 

In order to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of drugs for people who need them, Herefordshire GPs are asking:

 



  • Please do not stockpile medication or ask for additional supplies that you do not need



  • Please note that rescue packs will not be prescribed for those who have not previously required them.



Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

Please help us to help you during the Coronavirus crisis.



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