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Coronavirus: latest information and advice

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

GP practices in Berkshire West are doing all they can to look after patients and staff during the current coronavirus situation.

This means there will be changes to appointment systems and many appointments are now taking place over the telephone. Please check your surgery website for details.

The latest information about coronovirus is being regularly updated at: nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Following the speech from the Prime Minister on March 23: Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about:

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day
  • If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read the full advice on protecting yourself if you're at high risk from coronavirus on GOV.UK.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

For further information go to nhs.uk/coronavirus or gov.uk/coronavirus.

Reviewed and updated 27 March.

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.