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Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS 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.

Please refer to this page for coronavirus media statements

The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the 'Delay' stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.

The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough - this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home. 

Read more on www.nhs.uk/coronavirus 

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Stay At Home advice  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/ 

 

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. 

 

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.

More information can be found on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

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We are prioritising employment of clinical and medical staff to keep our hospitals safe. 

If you are specifically clinical or medical please email mse.recruitment@nhs.net

If you are kindly volunteering, please email voluntary.services@meht.nhs.net

Non-clinical or non-medical jobs will be advertised via NHSJobs.