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The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
  • New continuous cough and/or
  • High temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
  • You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
  • Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
  • Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • Visit NHS 111 Online for more information

Stay at Home
  • 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 below 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
  • It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
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What we have to say about your health and well being
Dec 2011
Winter Health

What do I do if I run out of my medicines over the Christmas period?

Check your supply of regular prescribed medicines NOW! If you are likely to run short over Christmas and New Year make sure you get your prescription in time and collect it from the pharmacy before it closes for the holiday period. GPs and pharmacies can be very busy in the run up to Christmas, so don’t leave it until the last minute. If you are away from home and have forgotten your regular medicines, you can get an emergency supply from us. The best advice though is to plan ahead!


Tuesday the 27thDec and Tues 3rdJan 11am to 2pm

What’s the best way to treat a cold?

According to a recent survey by the National Pharmacy Association, one in ten people think the best way to treat a cold is by taking antibiotics. THIS IS INCORRECT as antibiotics can only cure bacterial infections, not viral infections such as common colds and coughs. The best way to treat most coughs and colds is to drink plenty of fluids and to rest. There are many over the counter remedies to ease symptoms – call in and ask us for advice. If your symptoms last for more than three weeks, or you become breathless, have chest pains, fever, or already have a chest complaint, see your doctor.

Share gifts not medicines this Christmas and New Year

Where medicine is concerned sharing isn’t caring. You may think you’re helping your friend or relative by giving them medicines that your GP has prescribed for you but this can be dangerous as the medicine may not be suitable for other people. The same goes for non-prescription medicines like painkillers. For example, if you have high blood pressure, bleeding disorders, asthma, stomach ulcers or liver and kidney disease, aspirin may not be suitable for you. Similarly, Ibuprofen is not suitable if you have blood clotting problems, stomach ulcers, kidney or heart problems.

What minor ailments can pharmacists help with?

If people with minor ailments like coughs and colds and ear and eye infections visited their pharmacy rather than their GP, this could save 57 million GP consultations a year. And it could save your time too. You don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist and we run a minor ailment service, which means that we can supply medicines for certain self-limiting conditions on the NHS. If you have something more serious, we are trained to know when to refer you on.

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