If you are concerned that you or your family may have been exposed to coronavirus, please follow the advice on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Stay at home in isolation for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
If you live with someone who has symptoms, you should stay at home for 14 days from the first day the person experienced the symptoms.
Do not go to your GP surgery, pharmacy or hospitals. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Use the NHS online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after seven days
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you arrive at the surgery with these symptoms wanting advice you will be told to return home and dial 111. Do not contact your GP for sick note during isolation a service for this is now available.
There will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms.
This may be a time of heightened anxiety for many, every mind matters has some great resources for managing this.
The best way to contact the surgery for advice on other matter is via our eConsult platform. Use the blue pop up box on the homepage or online services page. If you are unwell your GP surgery and the NHS at large is still here to help you, but the first contact will always be through a telephone, video or eConsult. During a telephone or video consultation you may be asked to check your own pulse and respiratory rate. Learn how from these videos. The second is designed for medical professionals, but seems the best available at this time.
Along with some things we have to do differently here are lots of services that we are currently unable to offer. One we get asked a lot about is ear syringing for we, we do not know when this will restart but some good advice on self care is available.
Current Government advice for those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures and for those classed as extremely vulnerable (and accessing social support for them). Specific advice for asthmatics is available from asthma.org.
Advice for parents about COVID-19. This is a challenging time the following video may help explain this to children:
Young people finding this time especially anxious may benefit from the resources from Young Minds.
Dorset Family Information have also provided useful resources for families stuck at home.