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CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

To ensure you see the most up-to-date information, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I HAVE THE CORONAVIRUS?

Do NOT attend your GP practice, hospital or pharmacy. Self-isolate at home immediately and remain isolated for 7 days only if you have any of the below symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough

If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave the house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them that you're staying at home. Please find official NHS guidance on self-isolation and staying at home HERE.

USE THE NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE IF:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

ONLY CALL 111 IF YOU CANNOT GET HELP ONLINE.

Please expect a significant delay in answering times as a result of the volume of calls currently being received.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT CORONAVIRUS TESTING IS NOT NEEDED FOR MOST PEOPLE AND IS NOT AVAILABLE VIA THE PRACTICE.


How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissues or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

 

Over the counter medications

Self care with over the counter products

Many common conditions and minor ailments can be treated at home with the support of your local pharmacy if needed.

Over the counter products for self-care are for things like pain relief, cold sores, cough and colds.

These items can be bought from pharmacies and supermarkets without a prescription and are also often cheaper this way. You can get them without an appointment or seeing a GP.

Last year in Lambeth we spent over £1 million on prescriptions for self care products available over the counter.

NHS Lambeth CCG no longer supports the routine prescribing of over the counter products for common conditions and minor ailments that are short term illnesses, and/or will get better with time.

Examples of self care treatments available to purchase over the counter without a prescription:

Acne treatment

Analgesic/pain relief treatment (short term

pain, fever, headache, muscle/joint injury)

Anti-fungal treatment (athlete’s foot, oral and

vaginal thrush, ring worm)

Antiperspirant treatment (excessive sweating)

Cold sore treatment

Colic treatment

Constipation treatment

Cough, cold and sore throat treatment

Diarrhoea treatment

Ear wax remover

Eye treatments/lubricating products

(Conjunctivitis/dry eyes)

Haemorrhoid (piles) treatment

Hayfever treatment

Head lice treatment

Herbal and complementary treatments

Indigestion and heartburn (dyspepsia)

treatment

Mouth ulcer treatment

Nappy rash treatment

Scabies treatment

Threadworm treatment

Topical steroid treatment (insect bites/stings,

contact dermatitis, nappy rash)

Vitamins and minerals

Wart and verruca treatment

For advice and information on how to self care and treat a range of common

conditions and minor ailments visit www.lambethccg.nhs.uk

 



 
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