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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

Asthma Review

For patients who are due an annual asthma review.

Please would you answer the questions on the form below and submit it to us.

Open the Asthma Annual Review Form

 

For patients who are due an annual asthma review, please contact the surgery and arrange an asthma review with a nurse.

 

We do understand that not everyone is able to come to the surgery due to other commitments and personal circumstances. Therefore if you are unable to come and see us at the moment, we would like to be aware of your asthma control for us to be able to continue to prescribe you medication. Please complete the questions on the link.

 

Open the Asthma Annual Review Form

 

However, please note that if your asthma symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment with the practice nurse for a review.

   

Asthma

Asthma is a common condition that causes coughing, wheezing, tightness of the chest and breathlessness. Most people with asthma who take the appropriate treatment can live normal lives, but left untreated, asthma can cause permanent damage to the airways

 

Symptoms of asthma

The usual symptoms of asthma are

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath

Tightness in the chest. Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time; a few people may experience these symptoms all the time. It is recommended that adults have a review of their asthma medication once a year and children under 12 once every 6 months.

 

If your review is due you can start it online by clicking here

 

As this is a variable condition there may be times when you need to come in more often.

Think about your control, have you:

  • Needed to use your reliever inhaler (usually blue) more than 3 times a week?
  • Woken at night with asthma symptoms such as cough, wheeze or shortness of breath?
  • Had to alter you normal work or leisure activities due to asthma symptoms? If this is happening to you please make an appointment for a review with your asthma nurse or GP.

Useful websites for further information:

NHS Choices – Asthma

Asthma UK





 
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