If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) – the advice is to stay at home for 10 days. All members of this household should remain at home for 14 days.

If you think you have symptoms, please do not attend your hospital appointment until you are advised it is safe to do so. Please contact us to rearrange your appointment, or to re-organise treatment and tests.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are asking you to wear a surgical face mask – instead of a face covering- at all times inside our hospitals. If you do not have a face mask, we can provide you with one. This is to increase patient safety. The use of masks does not replace the need for social distancing and therefore this must continue to be adhered to. Exceptions can be made for those who are unable to tolerate the use of surgical masks. 

 

Information regarding COVID-19

The NHS 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.

The latest Government advice can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-what-has-changed-22-september

 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – you can do this by clicking here.

Do not go to hospital, a doctor’s surgery or pharmacy.

If you have a hospital appointment please contact us to rearrange this, or to re-organise treatment and tests.

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

Click here to access the NHS111 website.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

To stop the spread of viral infections like this it is always good practice to:

To stop the spread of viral infections like this it is always good practice 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.

Coronavirus advice for people living with diabetes

The NHS and PHE have worked with Diabetes UK to produce advice on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for people living with diabetes. It includes advice on attending routine appointments and increasing blood glucose monitoring, as well as recommending general good practice around handwashing and reducing the risk of picking up infections. The advice has been published on the Diabetes UK website.

COVID-19 Recovery

Download the COVID-19 recovery information booklet below:

For more information please visit: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus