Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Read general information such as:
Updated 19th March 2020 - for more information please click on the link below to visit our dedicated "Coronavirus Advice" page by clicking on the tab "Coronavirus"
The Public are advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
A new continuous cough OR
High temperature of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher
ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING
Please DO NOT book a GP appointment using the ONLINE SERVICES if you suspect you have contracted Coronavirus. Please call NHS 111 instead.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact
Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms. If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS 111 online (please note that people should only call 111 if they cannot go online).
After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS 111 online before they leave their home or let visitors in.
Coughs may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.
Travel and contact history is no longer important for diagnosis. If people who have travelled do not have symptoms they do not need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.
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The new dedicated 111 online coronavirus service includes a series of quick questions to answer and will tell you if you need medical help and advise you on what to do next. #COVID19 Visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Find out all the latest information on #coronavirus — including symptoms, how to avoid spreading germs and a new dedicated 111 online coronavirus service — by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. #COVID19. The new 111 online #coronavirus service can quickly tell you what to do if you think you have symptoms, or you think you may have been exposed to the virus when traveling. For this, and more information about coronavirus, visit www. nhs.uk/coronavirus. #COVID19
Currently, hand hygiene is advised for Covid-19 when
Hands should be washed using warm water and soap liquid soap is preferred as shared bar soap can become contaminated with germs/micro-organisms, which can then be passed from one person to another. This is the reason that only liquid soap is used in healthcare settings. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available on visibly clean hands.
This should be done often and thoroughly with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry thoroughly. The same applies to those caring for anyone that is being tested for Covid-19. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Please read the document below regarding how our appointments and services will operate during the COVID-19 outbreak.Information for our Patients Regarding COVID-19
You can have your blood taken at either West Suffolk Hospital or Sudbury Community Health Centre. The easiest way to have a blood test is to book online at www.wsh.nhs.uk/bloodtests. If you are unable to book online, call 0333 1032220.
West Suffolk Hospital
Monday to Friday
7:15am to 6pm
Saturday (appointments only)
8:15am to 12 noon
Sudbury Community Health Centre
8:15am to 4pm
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Medical examinations for special purposes (e.g. driving licence applications, elderly drivers, pre-employment, fitness to travel, fitness to take part in certain sports, insurance etc.) are not done during surgery times. A special appointment must be made and a fee, as recommended by the British Medical Association, may be payable.
Likewise a fee may be charged for private medical certificates, passport countersigning or for completion of insurance claim forms etc.
To avoid misunderstanding you are advised to check the cost with our secretary before you make an appointment.
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