The NHS in Sheffield and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate.

Latest Government advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Staying at home and away from others (social distancing).

For the latest travel advice and general information please visit the NHS website here.

Coronavirus support for clinically extremely vulnerable person

The following link is for patients who should be shielded because they have a medical condition which makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) but didn’t get the Government letter.

You can register online or someone can on your behalf if they have your NHS number.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

How is coronavirus spread?

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.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others.  Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded 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.

For further information you can also visit  www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Accessing GP services

Click here for information about using GP services during the coronavirus outbreak.

See the drop down menu to the left for links to further resources and support

 

 

 

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