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What to do if you're in Notts and you think you have coronavirus

What to do if you're in Notts and you think you have coronavirus What to do if you're in Notts and you think you have coronavirus

 

The number of people across the UK who have now tested positive for coronavirus continues to rise, and a total of nine cases have so far been reported in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire .

Public Health England say six people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the county, while a further three people are known to have the virus in the city.

 

Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council are working alongside the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) to respond and offer advice as the pandemic unfolds.

In the first instance, anyone who is showing signs of the virus can call the NHS on 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk where more details can be found and the situation can be assessed.

Both Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) and Sherwood Forest Hospitals (SFH) have urged people who feel unwell not to come straight to hospital or their GP surgery and to not use public transport.

Instead, it is advised to stay indoors and avoid contact with other people and contact 111.

 

Symptoms of coronavirus

Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

The NHS says symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

If you have been in a country in the last 14 days with a high risk of coronavirus or been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, the same rules apply.

As well as information online via the NHS and Government websites, there are also posters in most key public sites, GP surgeries and hospitals.

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) on behalf of the NHS is urging people who feel unwell not to come straight to hospital or their GP surgery and to not use public transport.

GPs have been advised to stop online appointment bookings to mitigate the risk from potentially infected patients coming into the practice.

Patients are being encouraged to phone the surgery to book, where they can be triaged before an appointment is made face-to-face.

You may need to check with your local GP about routine appointments or ordering prescriptions.

Countries and areas at higher risk of coronavirus

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Advice on coronavirus posted online by Sherwood Forest Hospitals said: "Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines.

"This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation.

"Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases is thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.

"Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual."

People who have been tested for coronavirus will be told to self-isolate until doctors call them with their test results.

The main advice for anyone wanting to prevent catching or spreading the virus is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially when you get home or into work.

Where soap and water are not available, use hand sanitiser gel.

If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or your sleeve - not your hands - and put tissues in the bin straightaway and wash your hands afterwards.

Where possible, avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) says they 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.

As of March 12, more than 125,000 people have been infected across 80 countries, with more than 4,600 death globally.

source: https://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/what-youre-notts-you-think-3942172

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19 September 2020