Coronavirus - UK now in Delay Phase
~ 8 months ago
13 March 2020
The UK is now in the Delay Phase when trying to manage the Coronavirus and the national guidance has now changed
What to do if you have symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
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.
We will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.
Actions implemented across the primary care network and at our surgery
The practice will contact patients with booked appointments with our practice nurses and HCA's and if patients have any temperature or cough they will be asked to stay at home and self isolate for 7 days. They will be asked not to attend the surgery. Urgent clinical issues will be managed by telephone.
All GP appointments will now be telephone triaged to manage as much clinical care as we can at home. For those patients needing to be seen in person, appointments in the surgery will be made but that will be after excluding any risk of Coronavirus related symptoms.
If patients have symptoms suggestive of Coronavirus the advice is they must ring 111 for review. There is a home management service being provided to look after patients with Coronavirus whilst reducing infection risk. Care will be undertaken by this service and not by primary care or the practice.
Home visit requests are being triaged to ensure only those crucially needed are undertaken. More routine or less urgent visits will be deferred until after the Coronavirus crisis.
We would like to thank you all for your support and understanding as we move in to this delay phase.
National information can be found on the Public Health website.