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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Advice June 2020

If you have a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or loss of taste and smell – or think that you may have coronavirus, DO NOT attend the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

If you have the symptoms above, even if they are mild, you must stay at home and follow the national guidance.  Everyone who lives in your house must also stay at home and follow this guidance

If you need to check your symptoms or for initial advice go to the NHS 111 online symptom checker

You should only contact NHS 111 by telephone if;

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • You do not have access to the internet and are unable to contact NHS 111 online

IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY UNWELL OR SHORT OF BREATH AND NEED URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION CALL 999

If you do not have symptoms you should follow the current government rules for everyone and only leave your house for very few reasons; such as; shopping for essential items such as food and medicine or a medical need. See government guidance for details. Even when you leave the house it is important that you: 

  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds as soon as you get home

YOU CAN SPREAD THE VIRUS EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE SYMPTOMS.

For up to date information about what you need to do to protect yourself and others, please visit the Public Health Wales website

How to get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should have received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer. For more information go to this website

Testing and Contact Tracing

Members of the public who have symptoms of coronavirus – a new continuous cough, a fever, loss of smell or taste – can apply for a test within the first 5 days of having symptoms. If your test result is positive you will be asked to provide details of anyone you have been in close contact with so that they can also be tested. To apply for a test visit this website or telephone 119. 

Mental Wellbeing

If you or someone in your family is experiencing mental health difficulties during this period you may find the following NHS website helpful. 

GP appointments 

Remember that you can still ask for a GP appointment for a health problem not related to coronavirus. Please telephone the surgery for a telephone or video appointment.

PRINCIPLE clinical trials

Blaenavon Medical Practice is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.

To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days. The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.

If you are registered at Blaenavon Medical Practice and would like more information, please see the image below and contact the trial team on 0800 138 0880, or visit the website principletrial.org

Torfaen App for Vulnerable Residents

In response to the COVID19 situation, Torfaen Council launched ‘Torfaen Community Support’, a Mobile App to help quickly and easily link Torfaen’s most vulnerable residents with volunteers who can help support them. Full details at the relevant Torfaen Website page.

National Surveillance Programme

Blaenavon Medical Practice is participating in a national surveillance programme that provide continuous monitoring of infectious diseases in the community. The programme is being co-ordinated by the Royal College of General Practitioners Research (RCGP) and Surveillance Centre (RSC). All data collected will be pseudonymised which means that patients are identified by a unique identifier (pseudonym) which means your identity is not revealed. Providing this data does not affect any patient, care or privacy.

The purpose of collecting this data is to support public health, including the evaluation of vaccine effectiveness.

RCGP RSC are compliant with all current legislation including GDPR and they work within the governance frameworks of NHS Digital and the Medical Research Council.

For further information, please visit the website at www.rcgp.org.uk/rsc or view the following information posters (tap for larger view):