Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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!

Latest guidance

Stay Alert

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 

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

VISIT NHS 111 ONLINE HERE

COVID 19 support
Dental Services for COVID

Local Support Services during COVID-19

If you are self isolating at home, here are some helpful tips

How to stop infection spreading

Do

  • 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

Dont

  • 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

Community Transport

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

 

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.

 

Visit the World Health Organisation website here

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.

taken from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

 

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."

taken from https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/medicines-and-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.

Key features

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;

Care Companion Leaflet.pdf

Care Companion

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.

taken from

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

 

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. 

Other frequently asked medication queries

Washing your hands is a key part of preventing the spread of viruses