COVID-19 – well prepared plans in place

Latest advice

We’d like to reassure you that our local health and care services are well prepared with well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The UK Government has advised that the ongoing threat of coronavirus (COVID-19) to our population has increased and that further action is now necessary.

In order to continue to ensure that our health and care services can respond to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we need everyone to play their part.

For most people, COVID-19 produces mild symptoms which include a cough, high temperature (fever) and shortness of breath and they be fine after plenty of rest. However, for some individuals (usually the elderly or those with underlying health conditions), it can lead to more severe respiratory issues.

Anyone who has a new continuous cough and/or fever must self-isolate (stay indoors and avoid contact with others) for seven days. If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.

Advice regarding self-isolation can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

If the symptoms persist for more than seven days or become too difficult to deal with at home then contact NHS 111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or by phone for further advice.

What will reduce its spread?
The Government has now confirmed we are in the ‘delay phase’ of their COVID-19 response. This means we are urged to avoid unnecessary social interaction including:

• Visiting pubs, restaurants and theatres.
• Working from home where possible.
• Avoiding large gatherings.
• Avoiding non-essential use of public transport.

This is particularly important for those aged over 70, people with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.

For the latest government guidance on social distancing visit:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults  

COVID-19 is a new virus and health professionals are learning more about it all the time. However, it’s believed to be spread from person to person through cough droplets.

Simple hygiene measures can help prevent its spread. This includes:

• washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds,
• wiping down objects and surfaces,
• using a tissue when sneezing or coughing and throw it away – ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ – or without a tissue, using the crook of your arm rather than your hand.
• avoiding touching your face (particularly your nose, eyes and mouth)