Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice

The NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria along with Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

With this in mind pharmacy services may vary due staff availability.  

There are some countries and areas where there is a higher chance of coming into contact with coronavirus. Take a look at coronavirus advice for travellers.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of smell or taste

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

 

How do I avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?

Do 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't 

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

What do I do if I think I have coronavirus? 

You can check if you need medical help by accessing the NHS111 online coronavirus service that will tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

It is important that you don't go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you may have the virus, you can call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

 

How do I get tested to see if I have coronavirus?

Testing for Covid-19 is now available to people in Morecambe Bay at a range of locations and get your results the next day or with a home test kit. 

You can find out where to go get a test here

To get a home testing kit by visiting the GOV.UK website or calling 119 if you have problems acessing the internet. 

 

Want more information? 

Latest information and advice from Public Health England: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Information about the Government's Action Plan: NHS.uk/coronavirus

Latest information and advice: Gov.Uk

 

Thank you from the CCG's Clinical Chair, Geoff Jolliffe

Dr Geoff Jolliffe, Clinical Chair of Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group has appeared in a video that has been released by Bay Health and Care Partners where he thanks the population of Morecambe Bay for adhering to government guidance and urges those who are suffering with other illnesses to still “use the NHS”.

Watch the video here: