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Coronavirus update

10 March 2020

Coronavirus

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to offer testing for Coronavirus at any of our sites. Please do not go into a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you are worried you may have Coronavirus. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

Latest advice

The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. As part of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – Moorfields Private is following the same measures.

The risk to the general public is moderate. This is the advice for returning travellers:

  • If you have visited Wuhan city or Hubei province in China, Iran, Daegu or Cheongdo in the Republic of Korea, or an Italian area under containment measures, please isolate yourself for 14 days after returning to the UK and call NHS 111 for advice, regardless of whether you show symptoms or not. Please do not visit Moorfields.
  • If you are returning from Cambodia, China (except Wuhan city and Hubei province), Hong Kong, Italy (except areas under containment), Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Republic of Korea (except Daegu or Cheongdo), Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand or Vietnam, and you develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should self-isolate immediately and call 111, even if your symptoms are minor.
  • If you are unsure as to which category countries fall under, please visit Public Health England’s website for further information.

If you need to self-isolate, do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. You can also get advice online at gov.uk/coronavirus and nhs.uk.

What is Coronavirus?

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

How to protect yourself and others

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

The most up to date public advice and information can be found at gov.uk/coronavirus

​How to wash your hands | NHS

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