Chesterfield Royal Hospital offer guidance on coronavirus

They released a statement yesterday with regards to containing the infection.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital are urging anyone who suspects they may be a risk of contracting Coronavirus to use the NHS' 111 service.

Staff there say there isn't currently a case of the illness in our patch.

Their statement on the matter is below;

-There are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in this area or in our hospital, but in response to a few questions we've received this week, we're taking the opportunity to remind people that the NHS 111 service is the first and correct point of contact for anyone feeling ill, who has recently returned from any of the countries currently on the PHE list (see below). They should NOT attend their GP surgery or Emergency Departments (A&E).

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases – putting measures in place to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff, whilst also making sure services are available to the public as normal. It's a bit longer than our normal posts, but we thought it would be helpful to put together a quick reminder of the current position. You can also get lots more information at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

I've been travelling and feel unwell? What should I do?
The risk to the public in the UK is currently classed as moderate. If you've returned from anywhere in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand in the last 14 days and you develop symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately self-isolate (stay at home), even if symptoms are minor.

Call NHS 111 from home and a healthcare professional will assess you and tell you the next steps.

What are the pods outside the hospital for?
Whilst there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in this area or at our hospital, the pods are precautionary measures to help to contain the potential spread of infection if needed.

Kitted out with appropriate equipment and signage, these pods' are part of the Government and Health Protection England's national plans for the containment phase of Coronavirus, which ALL hospitals in the country have been instructed to put in place (Coronavirus Pods).

So what happens if someone comes to the hospital instead of ringing NHS 111?
Anyone arriving at our Emergency Department (A&E) because they believe they have Coronavirus symptoms, but haven’t followed the NHS 111 call procedure, will not be able to enter the building. Instead signs instruct them to use one of the pod facilities to make that call to NHS 111 in a safe environment – reducing the risk of infection to others. They will be advised what to do next during the 111 call.

So is the hospital running business as usual?
Absolutely. Director of Nursing & Patient Care at the Royal, Lynn Andrews says: “I can assure everyone that we are following national guidance from Public Health England to make sure we are well-prepared to respond to the new 2019 novel Coronavirus. I am really proud of how our staff have worked together to get everything in place in just a few days.

“Our hospital is running services as we would normally - and it’s very much business as usual. Although we have put Coronavirus pods in place as a sensible safety precaution, anyone concerned about their symptoms must call NHS 111.

“The NHS 111 team is best placed to advise individuals in the first instance, especially if they have travelled from any of the countries on the PHE’s list. As always the best way of preventing the spread of infection is good hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue. The public health campaign on TV, radio and social media is a good source of advice.”

What's the best way to prevent the spread of infection?

The advice to the public is to:
• always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue.
• wash hands with soap and water preferably (for at least 30 seconds), or if water isn't available use a sanitiser gel to kill the germs.

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