The NHS and 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 subject to compliance with these measures and as little disruptions as possible.
The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk.
Community Outpatients are a leading provider of community healthcare services on behalf of the NHS.
With over 40 consultant-led services delivered across the UK, Community Outpatients offers fast access to care close to home.
We are experienced in delivering convenient, high quality healthcare for patients, significant cost savings for commissioners and innovative solutions for both primary and secondary care.
Our services are flexible to the particular requirements of the CCG or Hospital and its local health economy, continuously looking for new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, convenient care and cost effective solutions.
I would like to thank you on behalf of my team and patients for the service you provide us, our patients and community. We are very pleased with the outcomes and hope we can continue this in the future.
This is, quite frankly, world class service, and I congratulate you.
Patients seen in less than 4-6 weeks
85-90% of patients treated within the community
Over 150 community hubs across the UK
Over 150,000 initial appointments each year