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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Stay at home as much as possible
It’s very important to stay at home as much as possible.
When outside your home, it’s important to try to stay 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with.
Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Do not leave your home if you have either:
- 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)
- 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. Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone in your 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.
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