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Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

Flu Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds

Please note, if you are in the 50-64-year old age group you will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for this age group until then.

This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Thank you 

Sign up if you are interested in taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial

If you would be interested in the NHS contacting you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK, then go to: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

This does not automatically sign you up to take part in a specific study but just lets researchers know you’re happy to be contacted if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.

Better Health

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment.

COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.

The Better Health campaign will kick off by supporting individuals on their weight loss journey. For the first week, the campaign will highlight the links between weight and COVID-19. We will then move onto the motivate phase of the campaign in week 2, supporting physical activity and nutrition messages.

 

More information on Better Health

GermDefence – Simple steps to reduce viruses in your home

A new online tool has been developed by The University of Southampton giving advice on simple steps we can take at home to protect us from the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This advice was developed by health experts and proved to reduce illness in a study of over 20,000 people. People who followed the advice in Germ Defence were less likely to catch pandemic flu or other viruses – and if they did become ill the illness was shorter and milder on average.

How does it work?

COVID-19 is caught in the same way as other viruses. Germ Defence provides advice on how you can protect yourself using the same methods that have worked for other viruses.

It only takes around 10 minutes to go through the information – but it could protect you from the coronavirus, along with a lifetime of fewer colds and flu. Click here to take part.

CORONAVIRUS ASSESSMENT SERVICE – CHURCH VIEW PRIMARY CARE CENTRE, NANTWICH

The GP practices in Nantwich, Audlem and Wrenbury are working together to support the treatment of patients who have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms locally.

 One of the challenges is being able to assess patients with suspected Coronavirus in a safe, effective way which prevents spread of the virus to unaffected members of the population.

Most people will be assessed via the NHS 111 service and this should still be the first port of call for those with Coronavirus symptoms or those who are unsure, and many patients will be able to look after themselves at home following self-care advice and with support from NHS 111.

A proportion of these people will require a face to face assessment to ensure their safety and suitability for either staying at home or escalation to hospital care.

We have created a designated assessment centre area within the Church View Primary Care Centre for this purpose. Some people are calling these areas ‘Hot Hubs’ or ‘Hot Zones’.

Many simple assessments can be conducted in the car park via a “drive through” assessment where basic observations and assessment can be made supported by a follow-up telephone consultation to enable decision making about whether it is suitable to stay at home or whether more support is needed.

An area of the car park has been cordoned off and a temporary facility erected for this purpose. This will be visible now in the car park adjacent to Church View (see picture).

These aren’t walk in clinics. This is an appointment only service and people will be booked in by clinicians after discussion on the telephone or by video consultation when needed. This is in order to maintain safety of both the public and clinicians so please respect this process and keep your distance unless directed to attend.

We will not be testing for Covid-19

If directed by NHS 111 online (or by telephone) people should contact, but not visit, their GP practice. Instructions will be given on the process and how to access the area during their consultation if it is needed.

When people arrive they will be asked to wait in their cars in a designated parking area, and then will be seen on a one-in, one-out basis. This way we hope to minimise the risk to both patients and staff.

If you are vulnerable because of a long-term condition:

You should:

  • Self-isolate at home
  • Use the 111 online service if you develop a high temperature or continuous cough – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
  • Call your GP if you are advised to

You should not

  • Visit your GP surgery
  • Go to A&E

For real-time information on Covid-19/Coronavirus visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

How to get an isolation note for your employer

This service, at nhs.uk, is for those who have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

This service is only for people who:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service
  • have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus
  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you are not sure if you need to stay at home, get the latest NHS advice on coronavirus.

If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.

You can also use this service for someone else.

Get an isolation note.