Coronavirus advice for healthcare workers and educational settings

This information is correct as of 18/05/2020 14:30

For the latest information on the status of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, please visit the Government website where information is updated daily.

You can also view the Government’s latest updates to COVID-19 Guidance on Social Distancing.

As the situation evolves we will keep our candidates and clients informed and ask that you continue to follow good hand hygiene and infection control measures.

Symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
• a new continuous cough
• a high temperature
• a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

What to do if you have symptoms:
If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started (see ending isolation section for more information).

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

The NHS have also set up a dedicated 111 online service.

In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.

If you’re in Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.

In Northern Ireland call 111.

You can also find COVID-19 stay at home guidance here.

Arrange a test
From 24th April 2020 All essential workers who are self-isolating can book a test directly here.  Essential workers will be able to select either a regional test site drive-through appointment or a home test kit. Home test kit availability will initially be limited but more will become available. There is good availability of regional test sites, so please select this option if you can.

The NHS is regularly updating their information to protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus please click here.

Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social care have issued extensive guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases please click here.

Public Health England has issued Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected, please click here.

We also advise you to familiarise yourself with local Trust or Provider policies.

If you have any concerns or for more information or support, please contact Tracie Spires, Associate Director of Quality and Insourcing.