SENT ON BEHALF OF DR IAN TURNER, DEPUTY CHIEF NURSE/DIRECTOR OF INFECTION PREVENTION & CONTROL

Link to BSL signed information on the Coronavirus: https://www.signhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/

The government has announced that the country is moving out of the ‘contain’ phase and into ‘delay’, in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The purpose of the ‘delay’ phase is to slow the spread of Coronavirus across the country, lowering its peak impact. As a result of this announcement, the following updated advice and guidance has been issued by the NHS and Public Health England: 

Stay at home if you have Coronavirus symptoms

Individuals are being advised to stay at home for a period of 7 (seven) days if they have either:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

If you are experiencing these symptoms:

  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
  • People will not be tested who are self-isolating with mild symptoms
  • Report any absence to your line manager as normal

The NHS has also issued ‘stay at home’ guidance, which is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice.

NHS online Coronavirus service

Use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 (seven) days

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online. 

Public Health England advice

Please continue 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 for at least 20 seconds, 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.

Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest national information and advice.