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**CORONAVIRUS**

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about:

Staying at home if you're at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus

Staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus

Symptoms and what to do

Do not leave your home if you have either:

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

For the most up to date information and guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public 

HAYFEVER MEDICATION 

If you usually take medication for hayfever please note that we advise you to start taking this from March onwards. If you use medication that is available to purchase over the counter at a pharmacy we will no longer be able to prescribe this for you.  

Please see the below list of over the counter medications for hayfever:

• Acrivastine 8mg capsules
• Cetirizine 10mg tablets and 1mg/ml oral solution
• Loratadine 10mg tablets and 5mg/5ml syrup
• Chlorphenamine 4mg tablets 2mg/5ml oral solution
• Beclomethsone 50mcg/ml nasal spray
• Fluticasone 0.05% w/w nasal spray

Carers

Support for Carers

Are You a Carer?

If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you

There is a wealth of information on NHS Choices about carers and caring. Below are some links into the site that we hope you will find useful.

  • Caring for a parent

    Watch this video on: caring for a parent at home

  • Telling people

    Caring responsibilities can make it difficult to maintain friendships or develop new ones. Telling your friends you're a carer is important so they understand and can support you.

  • Taking a break

    Caring for someone can be a full-time job, but it's essential that you take time out for yourself too. Read our guide to accessing breaks and respite.

  • Housing and carers

    Do you know your tenancy rights as a carer? Are you aware of all your care at home options? Do you need tips on moving someone around the home?

Contact Carers Direct

Telephone
0808 802 0202
Helpline Information
http://www.nhs.uk/carersdirect/carerslives/updates/pages/carersdirecthelpline.aspx
Email
CarersDirect@nhschoices.nhs.uk
Office Hours
Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines.

Carers Support Groups

Finance and Law

Help claiming benefits, looking after your bank balance and understanding the legal issues of caring.

  • Benefits for carers

    Directing carers to the benefits that can help them in their caring role

  • Benefits for the person you care for

    Advice and information on helping the person you look after get the benefits that they are entitled to

  • Death and benefits

    How your benefits maybe affected after the death of the person you look after and what happens to their benefits

  • Managing someone's legal affairs

    Advice for when carers find they have to take over the legal affairs of the person they are looking after

  • Other benefits

    Advice for carers and the people they are looking after on claiming a whole host of other benefits unrelated to their disability or caring

  • Personal and household finance

    Advice on keeping a tight rein on household and personal finance for carer

  • Tax credits

    Information on claiming tax credits and whether you might be eligible

Carers Health and Wellbeing Service

Do you support someone who could not manage without you?

If the answer is yes, you are a carer and we are here to support you.

What do we mean by a carer?

A carer is someone who spends a lot of time providing a variety of emotional and practical support to a loved one, family member or friend, because of their disability, physical or mental ill health, substance misuse or because they are elderly and frail, without getting paid.

A carer can be any age – and so can the person you look after.

You do not have to live with the person you care for.

Every caring responsibility is unique to you. Support can mean everything from practical help to emotional support.

If you believe you are a carer then it is important that you inform the practice so we can add you to our carers register and make everyone aware at the practice of your situation.

You can contact reception at any time to inform us that you are a carer; or if your circumstances have change and you are no longer a carer.

 A “Carers Clinic” ran by the Carers Health and Wellbeing Service is now being held at the surgery on the last Wednesday of the month.

During your appointment(s) the Carers Health and Wellbeing Service can support you in your caring role. Their friendly, experienced team is here to help you in all kinds of ways, including:

  • Helping you find relevant services that could support you, or help you sort out a specific issue.

  • Listening to your views and making sure you get the support you are entitles to or improving the support you get at the moment.

  • Give you support and information on other services available to you.

    If you are interested in making an appointment for the "Carers Clinic" then please contact the surgery on 01530 832 109

For more information, advice or support please call the

Carers Health and Wellbeing Service on: 01858 411 380

or visit: www.carerswellbeing.org 



 
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