Information and advice on Covid-19

Many of our patients have been contacting us for advice about Covid-19.

We understand this is an anxious time and so want to clarify what we can and cannot offer to our patients and how they should contact us with concerns about symptoms / exposure.

We cannot currently test for Covid-19. This can only be done via the NHS by calling 111.

If you have symptoms of shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches and pains and / or recent travel to high risk areas or contact with someone you suspect may have coronavirus then please DO NOT attend the practice. You can contact 111 who will screen for symptoms and advise whether you meet the criteria for testing or you can contact us by phone and we will advise where possible.

For most people we are being told that Covid-19 will cause mild to moderate symptoms but there is increased risk for the elderly and for those with underlying health conditions.  If you have underlying lung problems including asthma then it may be sensible to optimise your medication after discussion with one of the doctors.

You can try to minimise your risk of infection by following some simple rules;

Regular hand-washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use of alcohol hand gel if hand-washing facilities not immediately available.

Avoid touching face and eyes where possible as this is how the virus can spread via mucous membranes.

Avoid any unnecessary travel, particularly to high risk areas.

Try to boost your immunity with supplements such as a daily multivitamin and Vitamin D, minimise alcohol intake and try to ensure you are well rested and eating a healthy diet.