Coronavirus (COVID-19) - help prevent the spread

Published on 03/03/2020

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. First Community has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff.

Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. There is more information about the illness and the symptoms to look out for on the NHS website.

Following the outbreak of coronavirus  and the current situation in the UK,   some visiting restrictions apply at our Caterham Dene Hospital. Currently only one, nominated person for each in-patient to  visit consistently, is permitted.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

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.

Further information is available on gov.uk/coronavirus and nhs.uk.

If you do have symptons please do not go to a drop-ins, group, clinic, appointment, GP surgery, pharmacy or minor injury unit or hospital.  Visit  https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance for guidance and help.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with an affected person via coughs and sneezes. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

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.