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Covid19 Advice and Help for Patients

Community Support Hubs

Local Authorities have been directed to set community support hubs to coordinate support responses to vulnerable patients at greater risk from the Covid-19 virus. Please see below overview the details and a contact numbers of the Community Support Hubs established by each local authority within the Tees Valley. Their role is to provide support to people who might not have support from friends or family members in the following key areas:

  • Information and advice
  • Emotional support
  • Delivery of shopping / newspapers / prescriptions
  • walking or taking care of your pets
  • health advice
  • making meals

Middlesbrough Hub - telephone 01642 729777
https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/community-support-and-safety/coronavirus-covid-19/help-boro

Redcar and Cleveland hub - tel 01642 771122
https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

email support@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk 

facebook - redcar and cleveland Coronavirus support group


ONLINE ISOLATION NOTES - PROVIDING PROOF OF CORONAVIRUS ABSENCE FROM WORK

Online isolation notes are via NHS111 online, for patients that are self-isolating. An isolation note can be obtained without contacting a doctor and practices are not able to provide these; the notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online


WHO SHOULD BE SOCIAL DISTANCING?

THIS BROAD GROUP OF PATIENTS (WHO ARE NORMALLY ELIGIBLE FOR AN ANNUAL FLU JAB) SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE THEIR SOCIAL INTERACTIONS IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS

This group has been identified to the public as those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • Those who are pregnant

 


EXTREMELY VULNERABLE

WHO SHOULD UNDERGO STRICT SOCIAL ISOLATION WITH NO CONTACT BEYOND THAT WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY? (WE'RE CALLING THIS "SHIELDING PATIENTS" WHO ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE AND AT THE HIGHEST RISK)

THIS GROUP OF PATIENTS WILL RECEIVE A LETTER FROM EITHER THEIR CANCER SPECIALIST, THEIR CONSULTANT OR HOSPITAL SPECIALIST AND FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF COMPLEX CASES WHERE ASKED FROM US (THEIR GP)

Full advice on shielding person:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

What do i do if i live with someone who is shielded?
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 


Do you need a letter regarding Coronavirus to give to your employer about providing sick notes?

letter to patients requesting sick note for Coronavirus

Requests for certification of absence from the workplace may fall into five categories:

  • Personally affected so isolating for seven day
  • Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven day
  • Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  • At risk group so following government advice
  • Those in full time education

5 circumstances you may need a sick note and how to get one

GENERAL NHS HEALTH ADVICE

Underlying lung disease (British Lung Foundation)
https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus

People with Asthma
https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

People with Diabetes
https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.diabetes.org.uk/about_us/news/coronavirus%3famp

Older people
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/coronavirus/# 

Young people with anxiety
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ 

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The GPs at Crossfell surgery do not prescribe for short, self-limiting illnesses, (cough, sore throat, indigestion, constipation etc) where medicines can be bought over the counter

Find out the most effective ways to treat things like heartburn and a blocked nose at home, and save yourself a trip to the GP surgery.

Remember: you can also get advice from your local pharmacist for lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP. And there's no need for an appointment.

How to treat 10 of the most common ailments seen by GPs at home

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/

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