From Monday 23 March 2020 for all COVID related presentations only please check NHSinform website for up-to-date information. Further advice can also be found on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Symptoms of Covid-19
The most common symptoms are new:
- continuous cough
- fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
- loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
A new continuous cough is where you:
- have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour
- have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
- are coughing more than usual
A high temperature is feeling hot to the touch on your chest or back (you don’t need to measure your temperature). You may feel warm, cold or shivery.
Some people will have more serious symptoms, including pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which might require admission to hospital.
If you think you have any of the above symptoms please do not contact the Practice or come to the Practice in person.
If you have coronavirus symptoms
If you’ve developed symptoms in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Read our stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.
Only phone 111 if:
- your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group
- breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group
- your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have coronavirus symptoms.
If you require a fit note because you are self-isolating you do not need to contact your GP. For information on how to download a fit note please go to the following website https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Testing for coronavirus
Testing is being offered to symptomatic health and social care key workers, people working in essential services (and others who cannot work from home) and those over 65. It’s also being offered to members of their household with symptoms.
What should I speak to my GP about?
We are here to help you with any medical condition or concern you have, that isn’t COVID-19 related.
If you wish to speak to someone about a non-COVID-19 medical concern then phone your GP. If the surgery is closed for the day and your concern cannot wait, you can still call NHS 24 on 111.
If you are speaking to your GP about a non-COVID-19 issue but think you might also have COVID-19 please let your GP know and don’t go to your Practice.
Please remember that all medical services are extremely busy at this time – it may be possible for you to self-medicate – see NHS inform for more info.