Coronavirus (COVID-19) – latest information for Doncaster patients and public

Anyone can spread coronavirus. You must now:

Stay at home to stop Coronavirus spreading.

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

 

  • to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
  • to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
  • for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
  • to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
  • Always stay 2 metres apart
  • Do NOT meet others outside your household, even friends and family

Stay at home to help save lives. 

 

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The NHS in Doncaster 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 government announced on 12 March 2020 that we are moving out of the contain phase and into delay, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.

We are now in the delay phase of our response to COVID-19. If you have either a new persistent cough or a high temp of 37.8°c or higher then you should stay at home and self-isolate with the rest of the household for 14 days. You do not need to be tested and this is regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases. If you have serious symptoms and cannot manage at home you should use NHS111 online.

The symptoms are:

  • a high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • a new, continuous cough

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 14 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Do not go to your local practice or hospital with symptoms – follow the information above.

 

Further information is available on gov.uk/coronavirus and nhs.uk.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

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. You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The public has a crucial role to play in containing the spread of the virus. Washing your hands more often, for 20 seconds. Use soap and water or a hand sanitiser when you: get home of into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. Protect yourself and others.

Resources

 

COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people:

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK, including children, and protecting older people and vulnerable people is now available in a range of community languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh. Please click here for further details.

Guidance on Shielding and Protecting People Defined on Medical Grounds as Extremely Vulnerable from Covid-19

This guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for the elderly or people with special needs. Please click here for further details.

Coronavirus: Advice And Practical Tips For People Affected By Dementia

Living with dementia at any time brings everyday challenges for the person and the people around them. Coronavirus is making daily life much harder. During the coronavirus pandemic the Alzheimer’s Society have advice and practical tips for people living with dementia and those supporting them – either in the same household or from a distance. You may feel anxious, scared or lonely. But you are not alone – help is available. Please click here for further details

The government has now published its guidance document for the public on mental health and wellbeing throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.

In summary it has advice across 9 key areas:

  1. What can help your mental health and wellbeing
  2. Staying at home
  3. Where to get further support
  4. Additional advice for groups with specific mental health needs
  5. People with a learning disability
  6. Autistic people
  7. Older people
  8. People living with dementia
  9. Dealing with a mental health crisis or emergency

 

You can access the full document here

Information on what you can do to practically care for someone  who is in their last days and hours of life is available here

A series of posters are available and can be accessed below: