The information on this page is current as of 02/07/20.
For the latest guidance visit the NHS Website.
Please DO NOT come in to the surgery if you have symptoms of a new continuous cough (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours, if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) and / or a high temperature (this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back, you do not need to measure your temperature), and / or a loss of taste or smell. You should self-isolate for 7 days and do not leave your home. If you live with other people, they should also stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the household got symptoms.
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.
For a medical emergency dial 999.
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To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
- stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble) when outside your home
- wash your hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser gel if not available
- 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.
You should wear something which covers your mouth and nose on public transport or when you go into hospital (either for an appointment or a visit). If you can, also wear a face covering in other places when it’s hard to stay away from people, such as in shops.
Shielding – People at Very High Risk
If you’re at very high risk (extremely vulnerable) from coronavirus (COVID-19), there are extra steps you’re advised to take to protect yourself. This advice is for people who have received a letter from the NHS saying they’re at very high risk.
These extra steps are called shielding.
In England, from 6 July 2020:
- you do not need to try to stay 2 metres away from people you live with
- you can meet with 1 other household if you live alone or you’re a single parent who lives alone with your children – this is called a support bubble
- you can meet outside with people you do not live with, in groups of up to 6 – as long as you stay 2 metres away from each other.
People at high risk from coronavirus will no longer be advised to shield from 1 August 2020.
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Tiverton Primary Care Network (PCN) has a team of Wellbeing Coaches who can help signpost you to relevant services. Please call the practice to be put in touch with the team.