From today the public are being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
A new continuous cough
High temperature (of 37.8 degrees centigrade or higher)
Individuals should stay at home (self-isolate) for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice. If someone has serious symptoms they cannot manage at home they should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online). You should not attend the Surgery.
After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine. If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS111 online (people should only call NHS111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.
We have a duty to all of our patients and in particular those at greatest risk from Coronavirus as well as a duty to protect our staff which will enable us to continue to be here for you when you really need us. Accordingly we are looking at ways to limit the need for patients to attend the surgery. You are therfore likely to be offered a telephone consultation with a Doctor or other Clinician who will determine whether it is appropriate for you to attend the surgery.
We will shortly be offering E-Consultions which will allow you to have electronic consultations with your Doctor or other clinician as well as accessing advice and information on different problems and conditions. More information will be available here shortly.
Do we have your up to date mobile detials? We will shotly be testing a new text messaging service to allow us to provide test results and other advice to you.
Advice on Antibiotics
Taking Antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that lives inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them. The resistant bacteria can spread to your family. This puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness.
Antibiotics are vital for some serious infections, and are needed during cancer treatments, and many operations. We need them to keep on working!
Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide problem. General public, health workers and policy-makers need to take action to avoid the spread of antibiotic resistance.
The staff at Westgate Surgery take extra care to ensure antibiotics are prescribed for the right person, at the right time, and for the right illness. If used carefully we can protect antibiotics and Keep them working! The NHS are also running a campaign named “Keep antibiotics working.” You might of seen leaflets in the practice or at your pharmacy.
How you can help?
This is a summary of the advice given by WHO ( the World Health Organisation) about ways you can help to prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance:
- Only use antibiotics that have been prescribed for you.
- Never demand antibiotics if your health professional says you don’t need them.
- Always follow health professionals advice when using antibiotics.
- Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
- Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, avoiding close contact with sick people, practising safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.
- Prepare food hygienically, following the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food (keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures, use safe water and raw materials).
See this YouTube video find out what could happen if antibiotics stop working, and how we can make better use of these vital medicines.