Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
With the evolving global situation, advice has been released on the approach for assessing a patient for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health and wellbeing support for NHS staff
NHS England and NHS Improvement have published the following on health and wellbeing offers that they have rolled out for workers during teh COVID-19 pandemic. To see the different ways to access support, please visit this link.
Please read the below advice for NHS organisations
For any doctors working with Holt, please click this link to be taken to the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Declaration form to read. Once you have read it, please sign and return to Holt Doctors. If you have already signed and returned our previous form, then no further declaration is required at this stage. However, the document does contain important information on the matter, so please make sure to read through it.
For the latest information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, please visit this page that has any updates posted at 2pm each day.
Please follow the below links for advice from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care:
- Guidance for health professionals
- Guidance for primary care
- Please click here to view a pathway that outlines the initial assessment questions to identify a patient who may require isolation and testing
PHE in collaboration with the NHS has also published the following guidance:
- Initial assessment and investigation of cases
- Infection prevention and control and guidance
- Guidance on diagnostics
Are you travelling to the UK from another country?
If you are a healthcare worker returning to the UK, please read this update to the government's requirements?. As of 30th July, healthcare workers are now required to self-isolate for 14 days, if returning from a high-risk country. If you are not sure if the country you are returning from is high-risk, please see the lsit of countries and territories with no self-isolation requirement on arrival in England through this link.
Coronavirus information and advice from the GMC
The GMC have published a guide answering the common questions they've been asked about their role as regulator during the coronavirus pandemic. You can visit this page to be taken to the summary, where you can go on to view each section in their entirety.
To visit specific sections of this page, please visit the links below:
- The GMC's guidance for doctors
- Information for doctors working outside their normal field of practice
- Information on doctors' own health
Test and trace
For someone with symptoms of coronavirus
- Isolate - as soon as you experience symptoms, you must self-isolate for 7 days, and anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days
- Test - order immediately here, or call 119 if you don't have internet access
- Results - If positive, all previous self-isolation periods of members of your household must be completed. If negative, self-isolation is no longer needed
- Share contacts - if you test positive, the test and trace service will contact you for you to provide them with the details of people you have been in close contact with
For someone contacted by the service
- Alert - you will be contacted by the service by text, email or phone call
- Isolate - 14 day self-isolation starting from the last day you had contact with the person infected
- Test if needed - if you start to develop symptoms, other members of your household must self-isolate at home for 14 days and you must book a test here or call 119 if you don't have internet access
For full information on the NHS test and trace service, please visit this page.
Page published 11/02/20, information added on 27/02/20, 10/03/20, 16/03/20, 05/05/20, 18/06/20, 30/07/20
DISCLAIMER: This communication has been prepared by Holt Doctors Limited for general information only. It is not intended to constitute professional or legal advice and you should not rely on its contents. Please seek independent professional advice.