Coronavirus

Testing

Get a test as soon as possible if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

The symptoms are:

· A high temperature
· A new and continuous cough
· A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

The test needs to be done within the first 8 days of having symptoms. You do not need to get a test if you don’t have any symptoms.

Educational Websites for Local Children

We know how difficult it is for parents and children during this time. The websites below provide useful material to teach and entertain children:

Girl Guides – www.girlguiding.org.uk

Scouts – www.scouts.org.uk

Natural History Museum – www.nhm.ac.uk

BBC Bitesize – www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

Liverpool War Museum – www.liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk

Imperial War Museum – www.iwm.org.uk

BBC Teach – www.bbc.co.uk/teach

Who Will Get Vaccinated First?

Public Health England has released two videos briefly explaining the plan of action to start vaccinating people. The current plan says that we will use a 3-phase system starting with those most vulnerable, including the elderly living in care homes and care workers.

COVID-19 – Information for our 13-19 year old patients

Please click the link below for more information on COVID-19 for young people.

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Can I Get a Shielding Note

Current Government guidance does not advise those who are part of the clinically extremely vulnerable group to shield. The government has advised that this group should work from home where possible but if not can go to work, following advice on social distancing.

As a result, you will not be able to get a shielding note from your GP and you will not be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA) based solely on being more vulnerable to adverse effects of COVID-19.

If this changes, a letter will be sent out to those who are categorised as clinically extremely vulnerable and this letter will act as sufficient evidence for SSP or ESA. Visit the following links for more information:

Coming to the Practice During COVID-19

We understand that you may be nervous to visit the surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we have made a short video explaining how we have worked to make the practice safe during this time, should you be invited in for an appointment. Please only come to the surgery if you have been asked to.

Please watch the ‘Coming into the surgery’ video on YouTube for more information.

COVID-19 Information in South Asian Languages

We anticipate starting our PCN COVID vaccination clinics in early January and will be inviting patients in the order described on our recent newsletter, starting with the over 80s.

We highly recommend everyone invited to take up this offer.

In order to help make information about the vaccines more accessible, the BBC has put together a collection of videos explaining the COVID-19 vaccines in five different South Asian languages including SylhetiGujaratiTamilUrdu, and Punjabi.

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-55171293 to access all five videos.

COVID Symptom Tracker

The COVID Symptom Tracker is an app created by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with a health science company called ZOE Global.

The app will be used to study the symptoms of COVID-19 and track the spread of the virus. No analysis or data from the app is shared with anyone except researchers at King’s College London and the NHS.

To download the app, or for more information, please click here.

Staying Mentally Healthy During Coronavirus

Please click here for a guide to staying mentally healthy during Coronavirus compiled by Wimbledon College. This offers useful ideas that might help in this time of heightened anxiety and during novel challenges such as self-isolation.

NHS Volunteer Responders

The NHS is looking for volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from Coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. You can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become an NHS Volunteer Responder. All volunteers will need to undertake training and background checks that are appropriate to the roles that they register for.

How you can get involved: PRINCIPLE study

The UK led PRINCIPLE study is researching into whether early treatment in the community speeds up recovery and reduces the need for hospitalisation. Those aged 50 and over with symptoms of COVID-19 are eligible to get involved.

The study takes place exclusively at home, and you will have contact with your GP and the trial team regularly. The treatments currently being investigated are:

  • Usual care alone or
  • Usual care + azithromycin (a commonly used antibiotic) or
  • Usual care + doxycycline (a commonly used antibiotic)

Convalescent Plasma – Clinical Trial

If you have had a positive test result for COVID-19, or have had symptoms of COVID-19, please visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/plasma-trial to see how you can help the NHS with a potential clinical trial as part of a national effort against the virus.

The trial, if approved, will tell us how effective convalescent plasma (plasma from people who have had coronavirus) is for treating coronavirus patients.

COVID Dogs

You can help make a difference.

Dogs are being trained to detect people with coronavirus. If you are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or have received a positive swab test in the last 72 hours, you can volunteer to be part of the study working to train dogs.

For more information, please email coviddogs@lshtm.ac.uk

COVIBOOK - Reassuring children about coronavirus

Here you can download COVIBOOK, an explainer in the form of a story to reassure children under the age of 7 about coronavirus.

Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus – PDF

The short book has been produced by the Mindheart Foundation and translated into 25 languages. All editions are available on their website:

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

Managing breathlessness at home during the COVID-19 outbreak

Many pre-existing conditions, such as heart or lung diseases, cause breathlessness. Breathlessness can be very distressing, even in milder cases, and may be worsened by fears relating to the coronavirus.

Please click here for some tips for easing breathlessness at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Face coverings – exemptions

The requirement to wear a face covering on TfL’s public transport stations, platforms and services does not apply to children under the age of 11. You also do not ned to wear a face covering if you have a good reason not to, such as:

  • If you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering.
  • If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress.
  • If you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate.
  • If you are travelling to avoid injury or escape the risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you.
  • If you need to remove it during your journey to avoid harm or injury or the risk of harm or injury to yourself or others.
  • If you need to eat, drink, or take medication you can remove your face covering.
  • If you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official, for example to check your railcard.

To download a face coverings exemption card, please click here.

COVID-19 – Information and support for parents

Please click the link below for more information on the Coronavirus and support for parents.

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Current Isolation Advice

Current isolation advice applies to people who have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell and taste), to people who have received a positive test or who live with someone who has symptoms or tested positive, to people who have someone in their support bubble who has tested positive, and to people who are told to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace app.

When isolating, you should obey the following restrictions:

– do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can
– do not go on public transport or use taxis
– do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home
– do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care
– do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one

You should self-isolate for between 10 and 14 days. Read more about how long to self-isolate.

Misinformation in BAME communities

A group of celebrities have released a video addressing vaccine misinformation in BAME communities. The group, including actors Adil Ray and Meera Syal, as well as cricketeer Moeen Ali and presenter Konnie Huq, have appealed to black, Asian and ethnic minority communities in the UK to help address hesitancy around the COVID-19 vaccine.

YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2Ald__AhbI

Translated COVID-19 resources

Doctors of the World offers translated COVID-19 resources in 60 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross.

The list of languages includes Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Czech, Dari, Dutch, English, Estonian, Farsi, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hausa, Hindi, Hungarian, Igbo, Indonesian, Italian, Kiswahili, Korean, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Nepali, Oromo, Pahari, Pashto, Pidgin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Romany, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Tetum, Tigrinya, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Twi, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish, Yoruba.

Visit their website to view this information online or to download for free: www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information.

Vitamin D

During autumn and winter, everyone is advised to take vitamin D to keep their bones and muscles healthy and to support their general health. This is particularly important if you’ve been indoors over the spring and summer as you may not have been getting enough vitamin D from sunlight.

Visit the website below to register for free daily vitamin D supplements if you have received a letter from the NHS or the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) stating that you are at high risk from coronavirus:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

Statistics reveal that domestic violence has surged since the start of the coronavirus lockdown. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is run by Refuge and offers free, confidential support 24 hours a day to victims and those who are worried about friends and loved ones.

If you call 999 from a mobile in an emergency situation and need police help but cannot speak, the operator will transfer your call to the Silent Solution system. The system exists to help people who are unable to speak but who genuinely require police assistance. Once the call has been transferred, you will hear an automated message and will be prompted to press ’55’ if you require the police. Click here for more information about the Silent Solution service.

Your guide to decisions about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

Most of us don’t want to think about what happens in our last years of life but, in the current uncertain times of a COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage everyone to read this leaflet, which has been created to help you to make informed decisions before having a conversation with a health professional about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).