Staying safe, testing and self-isolating
Covid-19 is still with us, and the safety of the public and NHS patients , visitors and staff is our top priority.
In line with Government guidance, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, and follow social distancing rules.
To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. Try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus you must stay at home and self-isolate. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- Seek medical advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or if you don’t have internet access call 111. In an emergency call 999. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Find out more information about getting a test for coronavirus here.
How long do you need to stay at home?
If you have symptoms or have tested positive, stay at home and self-isolate for at least 10 days. You should keep self-isolating after this period if you still feel unwell.
Face coverings must continue to be worn in any healthcare settings. This applies to all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies, to ensure patients and staff are protected. You should also wear a face covering in most public venues including public transport, shops, cinemas and theatres.
Some people should not wear face coverings, such as children under 3 and people with breathing difficulties
We're still here for you
If you need urgent and emergency services for stroke, heart attack, and other life-threatening conditions the NHS is still available to help you.
And it is safe to access care.
If you or a loved one have the symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, are a parent worried about their child or have concerns about conditions such as cancer you should seek help in the way you always would.
People should contact their GP or the 111 service if they have urgent care needs – or 999 in emergencies – and to attend hospital if they are told they should.
Ignoring problems can have serious consequences – now or in the future.