CORONAVIRUS. PROTECTING YOU
We are now in the delay phase of our response to COVID-19. This entails significant changes to how we identify and manage potential cases of COVID-19. Advice for patients is now as follows:
1. From 12/3/20 patients are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if the patient has the following symptoms:
a. new continuous cough
b.High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
2. Travel and contact history are no longer important for diagnosis, which is on the basis of symptoms alone. If the patient has travelled and does not have symptoms they do not need to stay at home regardless to their travel history.
Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 14 days from the onset of symptoms following the Current Advice. If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS 111 ONLINE (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online).
After 14 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 14 days.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
Information for the public is available at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19