You may have heard the sad news of the death of a patient at St Helier Hospital who was ill with a number of significant long-term conditions and had contracted COVID-19.
A reminder to all our residents that the cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been increasing in the uk over the last few days. Please continue to follow the guidance and national recommendations from Public Health England.
Follow these 4 steps to help keep yourself and others safe:
If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, you have been to a country or area with a high risk of Coronavirus within the last 14 days, or you have been in close contact with someone with coronavirus, use NHS’s 111 coronavirus service and do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.
We are currently taking steps to plan for all eventualities to make sure we are ready to provide support to residents if needed. SHP will keep residents updated with further advice and guidance including any adjustments to service delivery arrangements that may become necessary.
Remember to wash your hands regularly and to catch it, bin it, kill it .