IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE
The practice doors are CLOSED to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Our telephone lines remain open as normal
Please post samples and prescription requests through our letter box
PLEASE NOTE: all future prescriptions will be sent electronically to a nominated pharmacy
If you are asked to attend the surgery please knock on the front door and wait for a receptionist to let you in
Thank you for understanding!
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. this mean you must;
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Our privacy notice has been updated in line COVID-19
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- A loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
How long to stay home for
If you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
When to Contact NHS 111
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
Local Support Services during COVID-19
If you are self isolating at home, here are some helpful tips
How to stop infection spreading
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
wash your hands as soon as you get back home
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
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Looking after your health and wellbeing
To help yourself stay well while you're at home:
- stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
- try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
- do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
Information from Warwickshire County Council
Due to COVID-19 routine, community transport is not operating across the county. However some organisations are providing a limited service that shielded or vulnerable populations may access via the 0800 408 1447 number
Transport Information from .gov
We've answered some frequently asked questions
What is the treatment for Coronavirus?
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.
There is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials, World Health Organisation (WHO) will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings are available.
Can I get a sick note because I'm self isolating?
By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness (employees can self-certify). After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee.
To make it easier for people to provide evidence to their employer that they need to stay at home, Gov.UK have developed an alternative form of evidence to the fit note.
The goverment have confirmed that those informed to self-isolate by 111 will be considered to be on sick leave.
Those who self-isolate qualify immediately for statutory sickness pay.
Has the way I need to order my medication changed?
“There is no need for you to do anything new or different when ordering or taking your medicines. People should order prescriptions and take their medicines as normal.
Extra supplies should not be ordered from your doctor. Stockpiling or purchasing medication that you do not need is completely unnecessary and could disadvantage other patients.
There are no prescription medicine shortages as a result of Covid-19."
Care Companion - Help for Carers
Supporting carers during the COVID-19 pandemic
The challenges that carers face such as loneliness and isolation will become more acute over the coming weeks. Finding relevant information, and managing general wellbeing, during the COVID-19 pandemic is critically important. There will be new concerns about how to sustain caring roles in the event that they or the person they care for becomes unwell.
Care Companion is there to support carers as they manage their responsibilities through the current crisis. As a simple to use, interactive online resource, it offers access to information, advice and guidance to strengthen carers’ resilience and help them adapt to current uncertainties. It links to a vast range of resources that are tailored to individual circumstances.
Resources – personalised, profile-driven resources linked to the cared-for person’s condition(s), location, age of carer, ethnicity, etc
Diary – for appointments, recording results and the carer’s and cared-for person’s day-to-day experiences
Mood monitor – for monitoring the carer’s mood and the person they care for
Address Book – for creating, browsing, and adding important numbers and addresses for resources and support
Notifications – for setting reminders and ticking them off when completed
Glossary – an index of words that carers may come across during appointments or in resources
Access directly here: www.carecompanion.org.uk
Download the leaflet here;
Coronavirus medication queries
Will ibuprofen help treat Coronavirus symptoms?
Responding to the Guardian: Anti-inflammatories may aggravate Covid-19, France advises
There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.
But until there is more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless told paracetamol is not suitable for you.
If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.
Are ACE-inhibitors (angiotension converting enzyme) or ARBs (Angiotension receptor blockers) dangerous in COVID19
NSAIDs do not significantly reduce total symptoms or duration of respiratory infections. "This speculation about the safety of ACE-i or ARB treatment in relation to COVID-19 does not have sound scientific basis or evidence to support it. Indeed, there is evidence from studies in animals suggesting that these medications might be rather protective against serious lung complications in patients with COVID-19 infection, but to date there is no data in humans" European Society for Cardiology.