The NHS in London and Public Health England (PHE) are prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. Further information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on gov.uk/coronavirus and the NHS website, including:
- Advice for travellers who have recently returned to the UK from Category 1 and Category 2 countries
- How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus, and
- What you should do if you are worried that you may have symptoms related to coronavirus. You can also use the NHS 111 coronavirus online service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do next.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze – then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport (use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
Guidance on social distancing
Public Health England has issued guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK. The guidance sets out the measures you can take to reduce the social interaction between people, particularly if you:
- Are over 70
- Have an underlying health condition
- Are pregnant.
The guidance lists those who fall into the high-risk group identified as people who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. The list includes those who have a chronic respiratory or heart disease, or chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or asthma, and those who have received an organ transplant. Read the guidance in full.
Please note: Harefield and Royal Brompton hospitals are not testing centres for coronavirus. If you are worried you may have coronavirus, please use the NHS 111 coronavirus service or call NHS 111 if you need to speak to someone.
New guidance for transplant and respiratory patients
People who have been identified by the NHS as being at higher risk of severe illness if they contract coronavirus (COVID-19) will be sent a letter asking them to stay at home for 12 weeks in order to protect themselves. People in this high-risk group are considered extremely vulnerable due to their serious and long-term health conditions and are being asked to observe new social shielding measures. Read more.