COVID-10 (coronavirus) - how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus

Updated 16th July 2021

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 
 

Steps to take to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading. This now means we should follow the latest government guidance on what we can and can't do. See the top of the page and links above for more guidance on this. 

 

Preventing the spread of germs....

There are things we can do to stop germs like coronavirus spreading. Much of this is what we should be doing anyway to protect ourselves and others from unwanted bugs.

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. This short video will show you the most effective way to hand wash 
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • being outside or letting fresh air in
  • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • wear a face covering when in public places - please read our information about how to wear a face covering correctly, here. Our staff will continue to wear facemasks for the foreseeable future and we are asking patients to do the same, unless they were exempt under previous government guidance. 

Some people are reporting that their hands are becoming sore from handwashing. We have put together some information and advice to help if this applies to you.  Find out what you can do to look after your hands here. 

 

Look after your health....

 

Make the most of technology....

  • Use the NHS App - find out about the app and what you can use it for here. 
  • Where possible, use our online services.
  • You can register to use our online services here. Once you've registered to use our online services you can book appointments online and arrange repeat prescriptions online.
  • If you've already registered to use our online services but haven't used it in a while, now would be a good time to check you can still access your account. You can do that by logging on here. If you can't log on then please take the steps needed to regain access to your account so you can access it over the next few weeks if needed. 
  • If you've recently had a test, such as a blood test, urine test, swab or x-ray / ultrasound scan we will usually be in touch with you within 5 days with your results. It is possible to request your results electronically - click here
  • Sign up for our newsletter - this means we can easily keep in touch with you with news and updates on what is happening at the practice.
  • Allow us to share your summary care record, when necessary.  This is really helpful as it means out of hours and hospital teams can be more fully aware of your health history if you need to be seen by them at all. Patients have to opt out of this so unless you've already opted out and want to change your summary care record status you do not need to do anything. 
 

CLICK HERE FOR LINKS TO GOVERNMENT AND NHS INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS