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Coronavirus Information:



The NHS in Cheshire 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. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.


 


Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:


 



  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu

  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country


 


Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus


 


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 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


 

Pharmacy First

Pharmacy First - a Useful Service for You:

Your local pharmacy will be able to give you advice about common ailments such as

  • sore throats

  • eye infections

  • hay fever etc.

Many are open 7 days a week and some late into the evening.

How Can The Pharmacy Help Me?

The pharmacy is an accessible health resource for you and your family. Everyone can get advice from a pharmacist and buy medication for a minor ailment or illness.

Many pharmacies are open when you GP surgery is shut (evenings, weekends and on public holidays).  You don't even need to make an appointment to speak to a pharmacist.

A Pharmacist Provides Lots of Services:

Minor ailments or illnesses which can be treated include:

  • Conjunctivitis

  • Urinary Tract Infection

  • Impetigo

  • Oral Thrush in Infants

If you normally pay for your prescriptions, then the standard prescription fee will be charged.  However in many cases the medicines supplied will be cheaper to buy over the counter.  The pharmacy will advise you of this.



 
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