Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Published on 03/03/2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - latest information and advice

  • For the latest updates on coronavirus please visit the NHS coronavirus page at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  • To learn about the government response visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
  • Advice and information for pregnant women, their partners and new parents during the coronavirus pandemic click here
  • If you are due to attend First Community for an appointment then we ask you to please telephone the department / person that you plan to visit, BEFORE attending so that we can carry out a brief assessment.
  • Please visit the Children and Family Health Surrey website for all updates on 0-19 services
  • We have received an overwhelming response from local businesses and partners with kind donations of gifts and personal protective equipment to help our frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Visit this page to find out more

What is Coronavirus

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new virus that can affect your lungs and airways. Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The 2019 novel coronavirus has been spreading since it was first reported in December 2019.
Symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms including coughing and shortness of breath. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Urgent advice 

Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service if            
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Please only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs 

There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
Do
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Don’t
  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Further information 

Caterham Dene Ward: Important imformation about visiting

As you know we have all been instructed by the UK government to stay at home to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. In order to protect our patients, staff and the public we have temporarily suspended visitors to Caterham Dene Ward with the exception of visiting someone at the end of their life.  A maximum of two visitors at any time will be allowed if visiting someone at the end of their life. Visitors must not have any current symptoms of COVID-19 i.e a new cough or raised temperature and will be required to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE). Please discuss this with the staff in charge of your loved ones before visiting. 
 
We fully understand the upset these restrictions may cause and this decision has been made to support the wider public health of all citizens to reduce the spread of this virus. We are doing everything we can to look at alternative ways for you to communicate with us and your loved ones and will be able to communicate these with you in due course.  If you would like to send a message to your loved ones please email it to fchc.genericwardclerk@nhs.net and we will deliver the message to them.  Please include the patients name and ward.
Please continue to check our website for further updates.

Looking after your mental wellbeing during Coronavirus

The Public Health team at Surrey County Council offers some tips to help look after your mental wellbeing during the Coronavirus crisis:
  1. Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories, including social media – overloading on information can impact your mood.
  2. Make time to unwind. If can’t do the things you normally enjoy because you’re staying at home, think about how you could adapt them, or try something new?
  3. Stay connected with others, call friends and family members. The community helpline can also put you in touch with a telephone friend if you don’t have anyone to talk to.
  4. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  5. Stick to the facts. Only read and share accurate information from GOV, NHS and Surrey County Council to understand the actual risks to yourself and people you care about. This can make the outbreak less stressful for yourself.
  6. Help others who may be struggling with their mental wellbeing. Check the NHS One You tips on what you can do to help others.
  7. Build physical activity into your daily routine, like dancing to music you love, cleaning your home or following online exercise workouts. This can help reduce stress, anxiety and low mood. Find out more on the Healthy Surrey website. Download some useful exercises for ages 65+
There is a range of support and advice on the Healthy Surrey website which includes self-help resources, local services (including a 24/7 confidential helpline) and information for those with or dealing with an adult in crisis.
 

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