COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called Coronavirus.
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 seven days.
Visit NHS 111 online here.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How Coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading Coronavirus
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- 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
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Treatment for Coronavirus
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.
Government response and action plan
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The best thing is regular and thorough hand washing, preferably with soap and water.
Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets - packed with the virus - into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.
So, coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with infected people are important for limiting the spread.
Latest Changes to our services as a result of COVID
1. Patients can now attend the practice in person if they wish, however we are continuing with all new digital means of communication introduced due to the pandemic.
2. When you attend please continue to wear a face mask and use the hand gel provided in reception.
3. In order to minimise spread of infection we are continuing with cleaning measures introduced during the pandemic including wiping all patient waiting areas on a regular frequent basis.
4. Wipes are available in reception if you wish to use them. We are also sceduling regular cleaning between patients in clincal rooms.