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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS - CORONAVIRUS

 

 

 

What are the symptoms? Symptoms include:

  • Fever.
  • Dry cough.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Severe acute respiratory infection (including shortness of breath, dry cough or sore throat).
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Sweating and shivering.
  • Headaches and muscle aches.
  • Pneumonia symptoms – increasing cough and shortness of breath, sometimes with blood-stained or rust-coloured sputum

Who is at risk? You are at increased risk if you:

  • Have been in an area where the virus could have been acquired in the last fourteen days (eg Wuhan).
  • Have had contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus in the last fourteen days.
  • Are a healthcare worker caring for people with severe respiratory infections.
  • Have flu-like symptoms and have had contact with a hospital in an affected country or had contact with markets selling animals or fish in Hubei province in the last 14 days.

 

How do I get help if I think I might be affected? According to Public Health England’s guidance:

  • You should stay indoors and avoid contact with other people.
  • You should not attend your GP practice – they are not equipped to handle cases of this coronavirus as you will need specialist testing and care.
  • You should call 111 for advice – make sure you let them know if you’re in one of the at risk groups above.
  • You (or the clinician) should call ahead before going to hospital and let them know you think you may be affected.
  • You should not use public transport or taxis to get to the hospital.
  • You will need to be put into isolation away from other patients and staff.
  • When you arrive, you will need to expect the team treating you to wear protective equipment until the infection has been ruled out or confirmed.

 

PPG Information - Would you like to join our Patient Participation Group?  Would you like to join the committee or become a member?   Please click on the link below to find out more.

FOOD BANK - We are now a drop off point for the food bank if you would like to make a donation to help local families in Oxshott and Cobham.  Items required this month are tinned vegetables, tinned custard, tinned tomatoes, UHT milk, fruit juice or squash.  Please ensure no food is out of date with a minimum 3 month expiry date.  All donations are greatly appreciated.

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

 
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