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Coronavirus – Shielding information

If you have been contacted by us because you are at moderate risk of becoming very poorly from Coronavirus (Covid-19) please read this letter on how to keep yourself and your family safe. If you need a printed copy of this letter for your employer you can reply to the text message you were sent. If you have deleted the message or aren’t sure what you need to do, call the surgery on 0173 005444 and reception will help you. 

Important Advice to Keep you safe from Coronavirus

Your health condition or age may put you at risk of severe illness if you catch corona virus. While you are not in the very highest risk category you should follow the Government advice about social distancing as closely as possible (see below). 

To stay safe, stay at home. You should stay at home and avoid the corona virus for at least the next 12 weeks. 

While you are at home:

  1. Wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds.
  2. If you go out to exercise, stay at least 2m away from others. 
  3. Ask others to collect your food or medicines if possible. If you have to go to the shops, stay at least 2m away from others. 
  4. Isolate yourself from other people in your house as much as practical, particularly if they go out to work.
  5. Sleep separately if you can.
  6. Ask family members to clean the bathroom (toilet seat and taps) after each use.
  7. Use a separate towel
  8. Avoid being close in shared areas (kitchen/bathroom/sitting room) as much as possible.
  9. Use a separate plate/cup/ knife/fork etc for meals.
  10. Ask family members to clean the kitchen surfaces and sink after each use. 

If you have carers who support you they can continue to visit. They must wash their hands for 20 seconds when they arrive and often.  

Of course you must strictly avoid any contact with people who may have corona virus, who have a continuous cough or fever above 37.8

If you get symptoms of coronavirus, like a new continuous cough and/or high temperature (above 37.8 °C), use NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call 111

We know that keeping safe, at home and staying a safe distance from others is difficult. Please do keep in touch with family and friends or by phone, internet, and social media. If you have problems arranging someone to collect your medicines, please let us know and we will help to link you with a volunteer who can help.  

If you need help for our team at the surgery we will try to do as much as possible by phone, or in a video consultation. If you need to see us face to face, we will use protective equipment to reduce any infection risk.

This letter is evidence, for your employer, to show that you should not work outside the home. You should not be forced to go to work, even if you are a key worker. If you are able to work from home your employer should help you organise this. You do not need to get a fit note. If you need help from the benefit system please visit Universal Credit.gov.uk

Guidance on Shielding

This guidance is for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. It is intended for use in situations where the extremely vulnerable person is living in their own home, with or without additional support. This includes the extremely clinically vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities, either for the elderly or persons with special needs.

Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others. We are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions (listed below), which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe.

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