DON’T visit your GP: Britons who think they have coronavirus told to call instead to ensure they don’t spread the disease to other patients
- NHS has told GPs to make sure carriers of the disease don’t come to surgery
- They have instructed GPs to carry out a telephone or Skype assessment instead
- This is in case they wish to see their doctor because of a sore throat, temperature or cough, the typical symptoms of coronavirus
Patients who make a GP appointment online may be phoned back to check that they do not have coronavirus before they come in.
NHS officials have told doctors to take the utmost precautions to ensure patients do not unwittingly arrive at surgeries with the illness.
They have instructed GPs to carry out a telephone or Skype assessment of anyone who has booked an appointment online.
Waterbeach GP Surgery is closed while it undergoes a deep clean earlier this month in Cambridge
Many people have taken to wearing face masks on public transport. One many was pictured wearing his headphones over the mask (left) while another was pictured on the tube this morning wearing the full face covering (right)
TESCO DELIVERY DRIVERS ADVISE EACH OTHER TO TAKE THEIR EMPLOYER TO COURT IF HAVE TO DELIVER FOOD TO SELF-ISOLATED CUSTOMERS
Tesco delivery drivers have advised each other to take their employer to court if they have to deliver food to people who ‘they are aware of being in self-isolation’ at home due to the coronavirus.
In a forum for Tesco employees, the drivers questioned whether or not it was a fair request to be asked to take food shopping into the homes of those who may have Covid 19.
One driver said there had been a letter distributed around various stores that stated drivers would still have to deliver to customers who had been told to self-isolate.
In response another employee urged them to take the company to court as they claimed it was a breech of its duty of care.
This is in case they wish to see their doctor because of a sore throat, temperature or cough, the typical symptoms of coronavirus.
Often patients who book an online appointment do not need to disclose their reasons, unlike those who ring up and speak to a receptionist.
The advice was issued by NHS England to practices on Thursday night to ‘mitigate any risk that potentially infected patients book appointments online and attend the practice’.
At least 20 GP surgeries have been forced to close for deep cleans in the past month after patients with suspected coronavirus walked into waiting rooms.
This is contrary to official advice that says anyone who is worried they might have the illness should ring NHS 111 and await a test.
The latest closures involve practices in Essex, Derbyshire, Wiltshire, Liverpool and Hampshire, according to Pulse magazine.
Doctors are also being urged not to encourage patients to stockpile their medication by switching to long prescription durations.
The new advice says: ‘These actions may put a strain on the supply chain and exacerbate any potential shortages.’
It comes as the NHS prepares to double the number of coronavirus tests that can be carried out in a day.
The health service currently has the capacity to do 2,000 tests a day and they are analysed in one of 12 labs across the country.
But this will rise to 4,000 in the coming days as laboratories in NHS hospitals are authorised to do the checks.
Customers queue outside Boots in Salisbury, Wiltshire, this morning, amid reports that supermarkets and shops across the UK are running out of hand sanitiser
A back log of customers outside Costco in Croydon as shoppers were given hand sanitiser on entrance
They will include home tests, drive-through tests – where patients are swabbed by a nurse without leaving a car – and tests in pods outside A&E units.
But if an epidemic takes hold, the NHS will have to give up on testing all possible cases as there could be several thousand a day.
Patients and doctors would instead be told to use a ‘clinical definition’ to diagnose coronavirus based on the symptoms of a cough, sore throat, temperature and shortness of breath.
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