We are getting an increased number of calls from patients who have symptoms of Covid-19.  If you do have symptoms please follow the guidance below.

The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:

·         a high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

·         a new, continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

·         a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you develop any of these symptoms, you should follow the self-isolation guidance. Even if your symptoms are mild, you must not to leave your home. Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started. Anyone in your household who does not have symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Stay at home (self-isolate) and apply for a test as soon as you start developing symptoms.

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or if your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, use the 111 online coronavirus service.  If you do not have internet access, call 111.

Only call 999 if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, do not call 999 just because you are on hold to 111. We appreciate that 111 lines are busy, but you will get through after a wait.