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Latest News and Advice regarding CoronaVirus

The NHS in England 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.

Call 111 now if you've been:
• to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
• to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
• to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
• in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

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 or 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 Further information is available on nhs.uk.

Nurse Practitioners

Mrs Tracey Helliwell (f)

Tracey is a highly qualified registered nurse who has undergone a programme of advanced learning in order to complete a Masters Degree in Clinical Nursing. Tracey works 5 days per week Monday - Friday inclusive and works closely with the GP's and the wider health care team. She will see patients with a range of ailments from minor to complicated inc. chest infections, urinary infections, abdominal pain, lumps (breast and testicular) childhood illnesses, family planning gynaecological problems and coughs and colds. She can also prescribe a range of medications and make referrals to secondary care.

Mrs Donna Hunt (f)

Donna is a highly qualified registered nurse who has undergone a programme of advanced learning in order to complete a Masters Degree in Clinical Nursing. Tracey works 5 days per week Monday - Friday inclusive and works closely with the GP's and the wider health care team. She will see patients with a range of ailments from minor to complicated inc. chest infections, urinary infections, abdominal pain, lumps (breast and testicular) childhood illnesses, family planning gynaecological problems and coughs and colds. She can also prescribe a range of medications and make referrals to secondary care.

Nurses

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning and healthy living advice. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears. Patients with long-term health conditions will receive a letter to attend an appointment at least once a year.

Mrs Gill Brown (f)
Mrs Joanne Nuttall (f)
Mrs Gill Preston (f)
Mrs Chloe Woods (f)

Healthcare Assistants

Mrs Donna Mann (f)

Donna works closely with the rest of the clinical team and does blood tests and blood pressure monitoring daily. She also carries out routine health promotion checks.

Mrs Dawn Beckenham (f)

Dawn works closely with the rest of the clinical team and does blood tests and blood pressure monitoring daily. She also carries out routine health promotion checks.