Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information regarding the severity and spread of coronavirus is being updated regularly, the following links will allow you to stay current:

NHS OVERVIEW AND ADVICE (NHS.UK)

PUBLIC HEALTH: CORONOVIRUS (GOV.UK) 

 

If you're an essential worker who is self-isolating (not able to leave home), you can now apply for you and your household to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19): HERE.

 

See the following FAQ RE: COVID19:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Additionally, see the following ammended Privacy Notice, which indicates any extra information sharing that Primary Care may be required to do in the COVID-19 pandemic: COVID-19 PRIVACY NOTICE .

 

Diabetes Information:

Social distancing lockdown is a current challenge we all face and we hope that you are coping to the best of your ability. For our patients with diabetes, we continue to work remotely providing a service via telephones with our experienced nurses. Currently we have been instructed to postpone all diabetes annual review appointments, and will be in touch when this restriction lifts. In the meantime we have attached some useful lifestyle advice to ensure we eat healthily, appreciating we are less active. It also gives good information on what to do if you become unwell with diabetes.

TYPE 1 DIABETES - WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ILL

TYPE 2 DIABETES - WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ILL

PLATE MODEL FOR WEIGHT LOSS

LOW CARB FOODS

DIABETES FOOD SWAPS TO AVOID CARBS

 

Mental Health Information:

There are many useful resources to help support people with mental health issues at this current time. We would recommend these websites for support www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matterswww.getselfhelp.co.uk or www.livinglifetothefull.com. But these are some useful top tips:

  • It is normal to feels sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help and we would encourage you to talk to your friends and family.
  • Maintain a health lifestyle including a proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones by email or phone
  • Don't use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
  • Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting. Please ensure you gain information from a credible source.
  • Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you manage previous life's adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during challenging times of this outbreak.

 

Respiratory Information:

People with long-term lung conditions may have received a letter from NHS England asking them to follow shielding measures to keep themselves safe. 

This is to minimise their risk of getting coronavirus, and we ask that our patients and their relatives and friends follow this advice. Please refer to the British Lung Foundation website at blf.org.uk for some good advice and information.

 

Looking After Yourself:

We are all being told by the Government to stay at home where possible.  This can have a negative impact on mood if you are not used to this, so it is important to look after your mental health as well as your physical health.

We are inundated with news about COVID-19 which can increase anxiety. It is normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed currently due to uncertainty.  Do acknowledge these feelings, consider reducing the amount of time you are watching or looking at social media site news updates and try to focus on what you are in control of. 

Staying indoors does not suit everyone but try to see it as an opportunity to try new things.  Create new daily routines, prioritise looking after yourself, try reading, watch movies, and engage in exercise, relaxation or research new knowledge via the internet.  

Try to eat healthy, continue to take medications and avoid increasing habits that may be difficult to break later (smoking, drinking). 

Remember good hand hygiene with soap and water at all times.  Hand sanitisers are to be used when soap and water is not readily available to you.

Remember who your support networks are.  Stay in regular contact with family, friends, neighbours, and colleagues via telephone, email, social media sites, reminding each other to look after your general wellbeing.

Some of you will have received a letter advising you stay at home due to specified health conditions.  Please note not everyone will receive a letter and it does not mean you are not being recognised as being vulnerable.  If you are concerned about any physical health condition and being at work, speak to your employer, you do not need a letter to do this. 

It is important to remember staying at home may be difficult but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing so.

If you require further information on staying well please visit MIND.

You may find the following numbers useful:

  • Samaritans: 116 123               
  • Dudley Emotional Support Helpline: 0808 802 2288 (6pm - 3am Weekdays / Weekend 2pm - 3am).

 

Looking After Your Children:

At this challenging time, it is extremely important for you to know that COVID-19 is unlikely to make your child unwell, but they like everyone else might be infectious so staying at home when well remains the message.  However, all the ‘normal’ illnesses that can make children severely unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell because of concerns about COVID-19. GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done for children. 

If you are not sure if your child is unwell and whether they need to be seen, click here https://www.what0-18.nhs.uk/national  call 111 or contact your GP.  For information about crying babies, click here http://iconcope.org/parentsadvice/.  If your child appears severely unwell and advice is not quickly available call 999 or take them to ED as you would in other times.

 

If you think you have been exposed to Coronavirus please do not attend Lion Health unless instructed to do so by the surgery.