The NHS across Hampshire and Isle of White will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases if the public follows Public Health England advice.
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff, which means your patient experience is subject to change.
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Patients who received their 2nd Covid vaccination 180 days ago or more are being sent invitations to book their Covid booster vaccination.
Invitations are sent by text or telephone.
Check that the name on your passport matches how it is displayed by NHS COVID Pass 3 weeks before you travel. If the names are different, contact us with a copy of your passport so we can update your Patient Record accordingly.
Please note that we are unable to provide you with your Covid Pass. Please call 119 if you require a paper copy.
The difference between Covid Tests
There are different tests you can get to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19). The test you need depends on why you’re getting tested.
The 2 main tests are:
PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they’re sent to a lab to be checked
Rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a result in 30 minutes using a device similar to a pregnancy test
Both tests are free.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result.
Only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your childcare or support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
If you require a sick note for your employer, please do not contact us.
Please fill out your isolation note online
Babies and children
Call 111 if you’re worried about a baby or child under 5.
If your child seems very unwell, is getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you’re worried. Trust your instincts.
Get more advice about coronavirus in children.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
We recommend that your regularly check the NHS website for up to date information about the Corona Virus which includes details on those who are at high risk, self-isolating, testing and tracing and social distancing