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Coronavirus update

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.

 

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK, or transited through, mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

 

Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

 

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

 

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

 

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

 

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.  Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

 

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.

 

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Useful Links

Please click on  the links below for websites you may find useful:

Please note that Maidenhead Health Centre is not responsible for the content of any of these sites nor do we endorse them.

ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

  Alcoholics Anonymous

ASTHMA

  Asthma UK

BONE & JOINT PROBLEMS

  Arthritis Research Campaign
  National Osteoporosis Society

CANCER INFORMATION

  Cancer Backup
  Macmillan
  The Cancer Research Campaign
  Marie Curie Cancer Care
  Breast Cancer Campaign UK

CHILDREN'S HEALTH

  Children's Immunisations

DIABETES

  Diabetes UK

ELDERLY

  Age Concern

FOREIGN TRAVEL HEALTH

  Fit for Travel
  NHS Choices - Travel Health
  Department of Health - Advice for Travellers
  Foreign & Commonwealth Office

HEART PROBLEMS

  The British Heart Foundation

MENTAL HEALTH AND COUNSELLING

  Mind - The Mental Health Charity
  Royal College of Psychiatrists

NUTRITION

  British Nutrition Foundation
  Eat Well
  Weight Wise

PATIENT INFORMATION

  BBC Health
  Patient UK
  Patient UK Leaflets

SEXUAL HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING

  Marie Stopes International
  The Family Planning Association
  Brook Advisory Service

STOP SMOKING

  Giving Up Smoking
  Ash



 
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