Coronavirus: latest information and advice

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Coronavirus: latest information and advice

For the latest national coronavirus advice, including information on symptoms and when people should stay at home, please go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

  • For the latest advice and information about Coronavirus from Public Health England,please click here.
  • NHS 111has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has information about changes to services at its hospitals (including Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Amersham) during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • You can find local information and advice on council services (including schools, social care, transport), at this Buckinghamshire CouncilThis page also explains how to get involved in Local Support Hubs to help vulnerable people, and how to access help if you are in need.
  • You can find information about how to access dental advice and services here.

 

Do NOT leave your home if you think you have coronavirus

You do not need to contact your GP if you think you have coronavirus. 

  • You can use the online 111 coronavirus service to get advice and find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online, or need further advice. This will free up help for those who most need it.

Testing

  • Anyone over the age of 5 with coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) can now ask for a test. Here are details on how to do this.

Babies and children

  • Call 111 for advice if you’re worried about a baby or child. If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help. This useful guide can help you decide which services to use and when if your child should become ill or injured.

And please stay at home as much as possible

There are only a few specific reasons to leave your home, including:

  • For work, if you cannot work from home
  • Going to shops to get things like food and medicine, or to collect things you’ve ordered
  • To exercise or spend time outdoors
  • For any medical reason, to donate blood, avoid injury or illness, escape risk of harm, provide care or help a vulnerable person

When outside your home, it’s important to try to stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with.

You can also help stop the spread of coronavirus in the following ways:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell