Suspected Coronavirus – Isolating at Home Guidance: Attachment 1 – Isolating at Home – Generic 30-07-21
The sunflower lanyard is a discreet way for adults and children with hidden disabilities to show that they need additional support or just a little bit more time. Furthermore, if you see someone with an ‘exempt’ card – this indicates that they have a hidden disability and have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face-covering.
Flu & Covid Booster Update
We are busy preparing for the flu vaccination season – sessions expected to start mid September and we’ll make contact with patients we have ordered a flu vaccine in for. It is expected that flu groups will be similar to last year and patients will be called in, in order of priority. More information to follow on this.
We, along with Gas House Lane surgery, are planning on delivering Covid Boosters from Morpeth NHS centre. Again, this is in the early stages and more information will follow, but please be assured, our aim will be to ensure patients are vaccinated just as soon as we can access booster vaccines.
We hope to be able to give the flu vaccine and the Covid Booster at the same time, but await confirmation from NHS England that this is the national policy.
Guidance on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 (Updated 20 July 2021)
The Government highlights that those who are CEV may wish to take the following actions:
Consider the risks of close contact with others:
- in crowded spaces, where there are more people who might be infectious
- in enclosed indoor spaces where there is limited fresh air
- when COVID-19 disease levels are high in the general community
Take steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. For example, they could:
- meet outside if possible – the particles containing the virus that causes COVID-19 are quickly blown away which makes it less likely that they will be breathed in by another person
- make sure the space is well ventilated if you meet inside; open windows and doors or take other action to let in plenty of fresh air – please see the COVID-19: ventilation of indoor spaces guidance for more information
- consider whether you and those you are meeting have been vaccinated – you might want to wait until 14 days after everyone’s second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with others
- wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
- consider continuing to practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
- asking friends and family to take a lateral flow test before visiting you
- ask home visitors to wear face coverings
The following link may also be of interest:
Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
(this is different to rapid lateral flow tests – which are only for people who do not have symptoms).
https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test (please click on this link to arrange test)
If you have any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, use this service to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changedIf you have symptoms, you and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment. You can also use this service if:
- Getting a PCR test if you have no symptoms
- You should not use this service if you’ve received a positive PCR test result in the last 90 days, unless you develop any new symptoms.
- You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.
- you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive
- you’ve been asked to get a test by a local council or someone from NHS Test and Trace
- a GP or other health professional has asked you to get a test
- you’re taking part in a government pilot project
- you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive result
- you’ve received an unclear result and were told to get a second test
- you need to get a test for someone you live with who has symptoms
- you’re in the National Tactical Response Group We are extremely proud to announce that, as of the 15th June 2021, Well Up North has administered over 79,000 Covid vaccinations to our North Northumberland patients.We still have thousands of vaccinations to administer across our Primary Care Network and in order to meet this demand we will be upscaling our Berwick Hub to a ‘Mass Vaccination Site’. This means the Well Close Surgery Vaccination Centre will relocate to The Swan Centre (also in Berwick) from early July. We will also continue to deliver vaccinations across the Network area.Our 12 Practices continue to see patients face to face as we have done throughout the pandemic. To ensure patient safety and that of our practice teams, you may be required to have an initial telephone consultation first with any further arrangement, such as a face to face appointment, then being made if needed. You will be able to see your GP, Nurse or other Healthcare Professional face to face if there is a clinical need.
- The widely known symptoms of Covid-19 are;
- Covid cases are continuing to rise across Northumberland and within our area, with a significant proportion of cases being the ‘Delta’ Variant. It is vital that patients attend their vaccination appointment – the vaccine significantly reduces the risk of getting and of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19.
- Over 74% of our patient population have now received both their first and second vaccine doses.
- *COVID-19 UPDATE*
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
- There are, however, additional symptoms associated with the Delta Variant – Please familiarise yourself with them.
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
- HeadacheOur ability to achieve what we have has only been possible because of the cooperation and support from all of our wonderful patients. Please take this as a huge thank you from us for that and continue to follow Government and Public Health advice to stay safe.
- Well Up North
- You can request a free covid test if you think you might have symptoms by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/…/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/
- How to access your COVID-19 vaccination statusWe recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.*** Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
- If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
- You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App.
The JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) has included unpaid carers on the vaccination priority list (UK wide) in group 6. Many carers will be in a group higher up the list due to age if they are over 65. You can find the list of groups here. As background, you may also be interested in reading our press release.
(list of groups): https://www.gov.uk/…/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your…
(press release): https://www.carersuk.org/…/carers-uk-welcomes-new-jcvi…
Anyone living or working in the county can be a Northumberland Community Champion, this includes residents, workplace representatives and community and voluntary groups.
Free PPE for unpaid carers
Unpaid carers across the country who do not live with the people they care for can now benefit from free PPE through a new national scheme, the government has confirmed.
Covid Vaccines – An Update from Well Up North Primary Care Network
Northumberland CCG animation video – The CCG is pleased to showcase this short animation to highlight the amazing work being undertaken in primary care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The animation also contains key messages to patients on what they can expect when accessing primary care. Link to video: https://youtu.be/zOVwUBACF4Y
Shielding and local lockdowns information
Most of the country have not been asked to shield since 31 July 2020. If you are extremely clinically vulnerable and live or work in a LOCAL LOCKDOWN AREA you will need to take steps to shield. https://digital.nhs.uk/…/s…/shielding-and-statutory-sick-pay
Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support. https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
New Guidance on Face Coverings and When to Wear: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Guidance re Increased Isolation Periods from 7 days to 10 days: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Covid-19 symptom self-management below – Patients can now be provided with expert information and advice on how COVID-19 impacts their specific palliative or long-term condition and how they should manage it during the pandemic. These conditions are listed below:
- HIV and Aids
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Sickle cell disease
- Kidney Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Motor Neurone Disease
- End of life care
- End of life care: Changes in the last hours and days
As you will be aware patients with symptoms of Coronavirus can now access testing. If you wish to do so please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119. Please follow the link to access guidance as to how the tests work and what they mean.
Please find attached letter which may be of use to our patients, focussing on health, well-being and practical help: Greystoke Wellbeing Information and Guidance Letter Covid 19
Sick children: There have been concerns raised that parents are not presenting ill children (other than COVID) to 111 service, A&E or primary care. The following information has been produced by the Royal college of Paediatrics and Child Health to assist parents https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-04/covid19_advice_for_parents_when_child_unwell_or_injured_poster.pdf
Mental wellbeing and keeping safe during the coronavirus outbreak: sources of advice and support : COVID-19 suicide prevention and mental health support March 2020
COVID 19 AND SAFEGUARDING
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’. www.mind.org.uk
YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus.
ICON: Babies cry: You can cope. http://iconcope.org/
SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domesticabuse-and-covid-19
IRISi interventions: irisi.org/iris/find-your-local-iris-site/
North East Regional Special Operations Unit Notification
Numerous phone call scams are circulating. Scammers use these calls to steal your money and other information from you. Please see link: Scam-phone-calls-
Patients at highest risk of COVID – Patient enquiries
NHS Digital has identified and has already written to a number of patients considered at highest risk of Covid.
Patients who think they should be considered ‘High Risk’ are invited to self-refer using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
NHS Digital is collating these registrations nationally and will inform all practices of those patients directly, by providing a list for practices to consider adding.
COVID-19 Northumberland Community Response: Please follow this link for local support: https://bit.ly/39fvDgs
Please follow link to access isolation note – patients to complete and download themselves – many thanks https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are 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 Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.
The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous coughDo not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 daysOnly call 111 if you cannot get help online.Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Stay At Home advice can be found here
- 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.
- More information can be found on the NHS website here
LINKS – PATIENT INFO CORONAVIRUS
General NHS advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Pituitary/ adrenal insufficiency (including steroid sick day rules) https://www.endocrinology.org/news/item/14050/Coronavirus-advice-statement-for-patients-with-adrenal%2fpituitary-insufficiency
Underlying lung disease (British Lung Foundation) https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
People with Asthma https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/
People with Diabetes https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus%3famp.
Sick day rules T1 diabetes https://trend-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/A5_T1Illness_TREND_FINAL.pdf
Sick day rules T2 diabetes https://trend-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/A5_T2Illness_TREND.pdf
People affected by Stroke https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/coronavirus-information-people-affected-stroke
Children/young people T1 diabetes https://jdrf.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-people-living-with-type-1-diabetes/
People with Heart/circulatory disease https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
Young people with anxiety https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
Adults with anxiety https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
People with Rheumatoid Arthritis https://www.nras.org.uk/news/coronavirus-what-we-know-so-far
Children and Young People with Cancer https://www.cclg.org.uk/Coronavirus-advice
People with inflammatory bowel disease https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/updated-wuhan-novel-coronavirus-advice
People with Parkinson’s disease https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/news/understanding-coronavirus-and-parkinsons
People with Multiple Sclerosis https://www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/treatments-and-therapies/disease-modifying-therapies/covid-19-coronavirus-and-ms
People with Motor Neurone Disease https://www.mndassociation.org/mnd-and-coronavirus/
People with liver disease and liver transplant https://britishlivertrust.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-health-advice-for-people-with-liver-disease-and-liver-transplant-patients/
People with kidney disease including dialysis https://www.kidneycareuk.org/news-and-campaigns/coronavirus-advice/
People living with HIV https://www.tht.org.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19