Covid symptoms (listed in rough order of how predictive they are of the disease)

Loss of smell/taste, persistent cough, fatigue, loss of appetite, skin rash, hives, fever, severe muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhoea, delirium, abdominal pain, chest pain, hoarse voice, eye soreness, sore or painful throat, nausea or vomiting, headaches and dizziness or light headedness

If you are unsure whether or not you have some of these symptoms, there are a few simple ways you can check yourself at home. Things to ask yourself include:

Can you smell certain cupboard staples like coffee, orange zest or mint? If you struggle to smell these you could be presenting with loss of taste or smell a key symptom of Covid-19.

Do you have a temperature? You can check yourself by using an at home thermometer or checking how the skin feels to the touch.

Do you have a rash? One of the early signs of Covid-19 is skin rashes, it's a good idea to check your body daily, particularly your chest or back and your toes. 

Pay attention to symptoms that are very unusual for you. For example if you never get headaches - then it will be more suspicious than if you suffer regularly.

Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

 The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if

 * You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:

* new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

* OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days

* You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness

* You are aged 65 and above

 * Find out more at https://sentry.phc.ox.ac.uk/prinscreen/BRW or 0800 138 0880

 

Covid-19 Sicknotes for self-isolation 

Those patients who are shielding and on the shielding list, which is continuing after 1st August, even though the shielding advice is being paused from that date, will have received a letter from the Government, this can be shown to employers as evidence as no GP certification is required.  

If patients need to self-isolate because they are someone in their household have Covid19 symptoms, they can obtain a certificate from NHS111.  If a patient doesn't have an email, this certificate can be sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer.  This site is available at:

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/isolation-note/terms/

Please DO NOT COME TO OUR SURGERY unless specifically invited to do so by a member of our team (or you are unable to speak on a telephone) or have any Covid symptoms.   

If you have a temperature or persistent cough please DO NOT contact our surgery instead look ONLINE at nhs.uk/coronavirus for instructions.

Please TELEPHONE the surgery if you have any other pressing medical concerns. Please use Patient Access to order prescriptions (these will not be processed if ordered early) or post through our locked Surgery front door.

Thank you for your kind understanding with our measures to keep both you and our NHS staff safe.

Advice on wearing face coverings and exemptions

Please click here for advice on face coverings and exemptions :

You do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to.  This includes:

* young children under the age of 11

* not being able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability

* if putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress

* if you are travelling with or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading to communicate

* to avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others

* to avoid injury, or to escape a risk of harm, and you do not have a face covering with you

* to eat or drink, but only if you  need to

* to take medication

* if a police officer or other official requests you remove your face covering

There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering when asked:

* if asked to do so by shop staff for the purpose of age identification

* if speaking with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound. Some may ask you, either verbally or in writing, to remove a covering to help with communication

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