Latest advice and information about Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Latest advice and information about Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, is a new illness, a virus, that can affect your lungs and airways.

Symptoms 

Anyone who has symptoms, however mild, or is in a household where someone has symptoms, should not leave their house to go to work. Those people should self-isolate, as should those in their households. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • 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 three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual) 

  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this mean's you've noticed you cannot taste or smell anything, or things taste or smell different to normal. 

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

To protect others, DO NOT go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. You may be asked to speak with your GP via telephone or video call. 

Use the 111 online coronavirus service. The 111 online coronavirus service will ask about your symptoms and tell you what to do.

Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

  • You can also download the Easy Read guidance explaining what coronavirus is and advice on what you should do.  

For more information visit the Coronavirus page on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The government has updated their Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do.

The government has updated their getting tested guidance on Coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested. 

Lifting of lockdown measures

The Government has confirmed that while COVID restrictions will end in many settings in England on 19 July 2021, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance remain in place for staff and visitors across all health services, for the protection of both staff and patients.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, masks and other personal protection equipment.

The IPC principles in the guidance apply to all health settings* (including the independent/private sector) and are underpinned by the best available evidence.  

*NB. This guidance does not apply to Adult Social Care settings in England. Separate guidance for adult social care settings has already been provided and continues to be relevant. 

Your Covid Recovery – new website to support people with ongoing symptoms on their road to recovery

Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant ongoing health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status.

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.

Please include the site in your conversations with post-covid patients and their families/carers.

NHS MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS SERVICE

This service is operated by a range of experienced NHS staff and clinicians with specific expertise in crisis and de-escalation interventions. If you call us we will be able to guide you to service offers available to you across Coventry and Warwickshire.

Call 300 200 0011 (Hours of operation: 24 hours a day, seven days a week).

Visit our mental health support page for more information including mental health support for children and young people.  

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)

Infection prevention and control (IPC) measures are actions taken to prevent the spread of infections. In healthcare, these steps keep services safe for when you need them.

People infected with COVID-19 can have very mild or no symptoms at all (asymptomatic). This means that they can transmit the virus to others without being aware of it.

Safety remains our highest priority at CWPT. We can all play a role in reducing the spread of coronavirus. When visiting CWPT, we may ask you to do things differently to what you may be used to; this is for your safety and the safety of other patients/individuals and staff.

Planned Care (England only)

We will ask you to attend face-to-face services only when it is really necessary. Where possible, you may be offered an appointment using remote services such as a video or phone consultation.

If you do need to attend for planned care, you will be asked to take some steps to keep yourself, other patients, and our staff safe:

  • Outpatient appointments: You will be asked to follow social distancing rules and regularly wash your hands for 14 days before admission. You should only attend your outpatient appointment if you have no symptoms of coronavirus. If you develop symptoms of coronavirus, contact your care team and they will advise you on next steps. While at onsite, it is important that you comply with all social distancing and face covering requirements, as well as any other measures you are asked to take.

  • Admissions (including day surgery): if you are being admitted to hospital, you will also be asked to have a test for coronavirus 72 hours beforehand and to isolate at home from the time you take the test. If you are unable to be tested or isolate before coming to hospital, your admission will be determined by your care team using clinical judgment and in consultation with you.

Our booking and admissions teams will give you all the information you need on what actions to take when booking you into an appointment or admission.

If you show symptoms of coronavirus or test positive while admitted, you will be immediately isolated to ensure the safety of other patients/individuals and staff.

We are continuously monitoring what is happening with the coronavirus pandemic. Appointments may be subject to change, but we will always keep you informed of what is happening with your care.

Physical distancing and other IPC measures

It is important that you comply with social distancing and other measures when you come to our Trust. In health and care settings, social distancing of 2 metres is still the distance we ask you to keep.

If you have an appointment or are being admitted, we will tell you what you need to do before you come and while you are here. This may include information on where to park, which entrances to use, how to report any symptoms, and what precautions we want you to take (for example, wearing a face mask or covering).

There may also be signs and members of staff directing you while here. Please do not visit other parts of the facility. If you are asked to stay in a waiting room then please remain there. It is important that you follow these directions, they are in place for your own safety.

If you need help on what to do or cannot comply for any reason, please talk to a member of staff and they will be able to help you.

Visitor guidance

The rules around visiting patients depend on the type of care being received and the coronavirus status of the patient.

For people with confirmed cases of coronavirus, only essential visitors such as birthing partners, carers, parents, and guardians will be allowed.

It is important to discuss any visitors with the care team before they arrive at the site. The care team will be able to tell you what rules and measures are in place for you and patients.

Face coverings (for England and Scotland only)

If you are coming to our service as a visitor or for planned outpatient care, it is important that you wear a face covering at all times. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients/individuals and staff.

Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade. Advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.

We ask that you plan in advance and bring a face covering with you whenever possible, but if you do not have one, please see a member of staff on arrival and we will provide you with one.

For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other safety measures will be considered, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately. 

If you are a deaf or hearing impaired, our staff have a range of communication options to ensure that they can communicate effectively with you. This might include the use of clear masks where possible, as well as visual aids such as writing things down, speech to text apps, and sign language.

All visitors will be asked to comply with social distancing and hand washing in addition to the use of face coverings while in the health/ care setting.

Looking after your mental health wellbeing:

Our psychologists have written an article about looking after your mental health wellbeing, which can be viewed here

If you are struggling with your mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, have a look at the additional online support and practical guidance to help you cope, which can be found on the Government's website.

You can also have a look at the COVID-19 Wellbeing Pack produced by our partners at South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust:

South Warwickshire Foundation NHS Trust's COVID-19 Wellbeing Pack.pdf [pdf] 569KB

You can also visit:

Wellbeing and COVID-19 advice - Mind.

Latest information for staff:

Please check the dedicated COVID-19 page on our Intranet, which can be accessed via the homepage, for regular updates. We will also be sending out regular COVID-19 bulletins.