New Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, COVID-19)
On 13.03.2020 the NHS has ordered all GP practices to start "Telephone First".
This means patients must have a telephone consultation with the doctor. This can also be a video consultation.
Only if the doctor feels it is essential to see the patient in the surgery, then the doctor will arrange a face-to-face appointment.
IF YOUR LONG-TERM CONDITION HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY TROUBLESOME
(for example, you have needed emergency treatment in the past year):
YOU SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER MORE STRICT ISOLATION FROM OTHERS.
Coronavirus and pregnancy
Advice from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK:
Coronavirus and pregnancy - RCOG UK
Patients who do not have family or friends that can help, can register at:
The patients who are at highest risk of becoming seriously ill from viral infection, should receive a letter from the NHS.
These are the same people who get priority recall for influenza vaccine (flu jab) every year.
If you (or someone you know) have not received the letter, you may view a copy here:
Vulnerable groups letter from government 2020-03-21
Among our patients we have 2 confirmed cases and 15 suspected cases.
See the page "Requests for Certificates and Letters"
LATEST GUIDANCE (06.03.2020)
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) 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.
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus
- in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers and a list of high risk countries on nhs.uk
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.
In Northern Ireland call 111.
For region specific information and advice in:
Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on nhs.uk.
World Health Organisation advice for the public (external link)
Official information about the new virus (external links)
For information from the NHS:
NHS: Wuhan novel coronavirus
For information from the UK Government:
For information from the World Health Organisation (WHO):
WHO: New Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
For information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
CDC: About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)