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We are now in the delay phase of the national coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. This means there is no longer a focus on geographical areas and community testing has stopped. Instead the focus is on testing those in high-risk groups with severe symptoms.

If you have symptoms, however mild, the new guidance is to stay at home for seven days. Symptoms include a new continuous cough or temperature of 37.8.

If you show any symptoms please do not come into our hospitals, or visit your GP, or a pharmacy. If you have an appointment with us, please call us to cancel. There is no need to contact 111 unless symptoms worsen, do not resolve after seven days, or you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms. Please use the online 111 service before calling if you are able to. Guidance on self-isolating is available here.

Across our hospitals we are responding to the changing guidelines and ensuring we are best equipped to care for all our patients.

Please be reassured your safety is a top priority and any 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.

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.