Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways.
What's the risk of catching coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the risk to individuals remains low.
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses spread in cough droplets.
It's highly unlikely coronavirus can be spread through packages from affected countries or through food.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There's currently no vaccine for coronavirus.
But there are things you can do to help stop germs like coronavirus spreading.
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
wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you've been to China or other specified areas in the last 14 days, follow the advice on this page for returning travellers.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature
shortness of breath
Urgent advice:Call 111 now if you've been:
to Wuhan or Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days (even if you do not have symptoms)
to other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if it's mild)
in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.
Tell 111 about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.
If you're in Northern Ireland, call 0300 200 7885.
How to isolate yourself if you could have coronavirus
If there's a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to isolate yourself.
This means that for up to 14 days, you should:
stay at home
not go to work, school or public areas
not use public transport or taxis
ask friends, family members or delivery services to carry out errands for you
try to avoid visitors to your home – it's OK for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food
While the risk to people in the UK is low, these steps can help reduce the possible spread of infection.
Treatment for coronavirus
There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection
Gants Hill Medical Centre
Flu vaccinations are available for patients who are eligible. If you are not sure of your eligibility please call the practice to check.
If you are due for a Health check, diabetes check, asthma check or a blood pressure check please call reception and book an appointment.
Due to the PLE (Protected Learning Event) the surgery will be closed on the following dates during 2019:
Majority of appointments are booking on the day with a few appointments available for advance bookings. Online appointments are released at 6:30am.
This change is due to patient feedback and to reduce the number of patients not attending appointments that are booked in advance.
Gants Hill Medical Centre is Proud to announce that we have been inspected by CQC on 17th November 2016 and given an overall rating of Good for our Premises and Clinical Care! Click on the link here to view the report: GHMC CQC Report
Partners in Care
Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction
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