**31ST JULY 2020 - RECENT SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES - PRESTON**
Preston has had a spike of coronavirus. Please:
-Avoid visitors in your home
-Wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces / place of worship
-Get tested if you have symptoms
If you require an appointment to speak to the GP or Nurse, please call the surgery at 8am Monday-Friday to receive a call back on the same day. We are receiving a very high number of calls in the afternoons from patients needing appointments for the same day. Unfortunately, with our clinics becoming very busy, we are not able to accommodate appointments that are requested in afternoons for the same day. Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.
DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19, OUR PRESCRIPTION LINE IS NOW OPEN FROM 9:30AM - 2:30PM, MONDAY TO FRIDAY. WE WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO ACCEPT PAPER REQUESTS AND ALL PRESCRIPTIONS WILL BE SENT TO A NOMINATED PHARMACY. PLEASE CALL US ON 01772 325111 TO ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
Managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) at home
Top Tips for Patients
1. Early recognition - any new (or onset within the last 7 days) continuous cough or fever is possible Coronavirus.
2. Don’t panic - most people will be able to self-manage without contacting their GP or 111. Everyone needs to follow simple steps to reduce their symptoms and avoid infecting others. DO NOT go to the GP practice or A&E.
3. Get educated - NHS will help you assess your symptoms. It is updated daily so has the most up to date advice as things keep changing. If you are short of breath (i.e. not able to walk upstairs or are having difficulty speaking in sentences) then phone your GP practice or 111. Only phone 999 if you feel it is an emergency.
4. Self-isolate - stop the virus spreading by self-isolating for 7 days from the onset of symptoms and follow information on NHS inform on how to do this. Effective self-isolation will stop your friends and family getting infected.
5. Rest - paracetamol and fluids are crucial especially with fever - aim for a minimum of 10x 300ml mugs of fluid a day. Avoid alcohol. Water, diluting juice or fruit juice are ideal. Aim for regular clear or mildly yellow urine and to be able to pee every 4 hours except when asleep at night. If you have not passed urine in over 4 hours, have dark yellow urine, feel thirsty or dizzy on standing then there is a high chance you are dehydrated and you need to drink lots more as a priority.
6. Food - is less important than fluids - if able to eat then have lots of fruit and vegetables as these will help your immune system fight the infection.
7. Get support - call family/friends/community members and ask them to deliver supplies.
8. Children - follow advice from the excellent When Should I Worry Website
9. Return to work - advice about staying at home, including how long to isolate for.
IMPORTANT: Coronavirus - ONLINE APPOINTMENTS SUSPENDED
Please note that all our online appointments have been suspended as advised by Public Health England due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Dial 111 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;
- you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
- Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.