Covid-19 Advice

Affected by coronavirus and seeking advice, please click this link!

April 17, 2020

The government have launched a new website for patients to use in finding out what help they can get if affected by coronavirus. This service is available to all patients who are seeking advice and guidance on the topics such as:

· feeling unsafe

· going in to work

· paying bills or being unemployed

· getting food

· having somewhere to live

· mental health and well-beingPlease click this link to visit the gov website.

Important patient information

March 31, 2020

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Important – These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about:

Symptoms and what to do

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Read general information such as:

Asthma UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) Your guide to social shielding

March 27, 2020

Shielding advice for very high-risk groups 

The Government has released new guidelines for people who are at high risk of needing critical care if they catch coronavirus.

We strongly recommend you follow this guidance if you are in one of the high-risk groups. 

The following list should help you work out if you are in the high-risk group or not. (This list is the best information we have at the moment about who is at high risk. We will update it if we get any new information or if the guidance changes.) 

If you are, or your child is, taking: 

  • Any biologic therapy, also called a mAb (Xolair/omalizumab, Nucala/mepolizumab, Cinqaero/reslizumab, Fasenra/benralizumab) 
  • Steroid tablets or liquid every day  
  • Antibiotic tablets or liquid for asthma every week (e.g. azithromycin) 
  • Tiotropium 
  • A combination inhaler that also contains a long-acting bronchodilator (e.g. Seretide, Fostair, Symbicort) at a high daily steroid dose (see the list below). 
  • An inhaler with a high daily steroid dose (see the list below) AND you are taking Montelukast.

For the most up to date guidelines and shielding advise on high risk groups click here

Further information can be found here;

Please note DMC do not provide emergency packs for asthma patients unless the patient has already received an emergency pack previously.

What to do if you have symptoms

March 13, 2020

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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.

What to do if you have symptoms

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

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

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Read the advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service

Advice in other parts of the UK

For region specific information and advice in:

Please DO NOT attend your scheduled appointment if you have COVID-19 symptoms, travelled abroad to a high-risk area within the last 14 days or been in contact with anyone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus. For further information go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19