The Latest Coronavirus Advice

05/05/20

Please read our latest Covid-19 Bulletin here, providing guidance for our carers and clients. 

In view of the developing emergency COVID -19 situation effecting the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend, face to face training at our training centre until further notice. Please click here for more information.

If you have any concerns about the coronavirus the best thing to do is to call the NHS 111 Service. From this service you can receive up-to-date information about the coronavirus. Anyone who is assessed as possibly having symptoms of the virus, will be directed by the 111 service to a public health helpline and, if necessary, medical tests can be arranged and specific advice given.

If you would like to follow updates on the situation, we would advise regularly checking the NHS and the Government web pages on the outbreak.

The Government advice on residential care, supported living and home care here in the event of (COVID-19) outbreak. Sets out what to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19 

Follow the below links for some helpful advice around the virus:

The government advice web page is here, specific guidance for home care
provision can be found here


The NHS England advice web page is here

The BMJ latest guidelines for the Coronavirus 

WATCH this useful video from the World Health Organisation on basic protective measures you can take against the virus

Symptoms

The main symptoms of the coronavirus are a cough, fever, shortness of breath. 

Should we be worried?
The NHS and Government are well prepared to deal with the outbreak.
The UK government states that the risk to individuals remains low.

 

Preventing the spread of Infection

As with the flu and common cold, the best way to help prevent infection is to maintain good hand and face hygiene; wash hands regularly (alcohol gel can be used if hands aren't visibly soiled), and cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue which is then thrown away. Where possible, avoid contact with people with flu like symptoms.

Travel History

  • People are advised to call 111 now if they have visited Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days.
  • People are advised to call 111 now if they have mild symptoms and have visited other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea, or Malaysia in the last 14 days.

Call 111 Now  if you have travelled to the UK from other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

If you have visited one of these countries, you should not go to a GP or hospital as this could spread the infection - please call 111 instead.

This information has been taken from communication with NHS England, Public Health England, and the Department of Health and Social Care and the following pages:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-u

This advice concerns the Novel coronavirus (also called COVID-19)  Looking for Advice? Call the NHS on 111

 

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