The NHS in Leeds 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.The latest information on symptoms of Coronavirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Use this service if:
- you think you might have coronavirus;
- in the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
- you’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
- You have a new continuous cough or fever
- Loss of taste and smell
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
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.
If you’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Click here to offer to donate.
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New helpline from Leeds City Council to support vulnerable
Anyone unable to leave their home due to the coronavirus, and worried because they don’t have family or friends who can help, can ring a new dedicated hotline: 01133781877. For latest information on changes to local services please visit:
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New walk-to testing centre
A new Covid-19 walk-to testing facility has opened for people living within walking distance of the Bridge Street Community Centre, Rider Street, in the LS9 7BQ postcode area of Leeds. The centre is open to everyone in the area who is Covid symptomatic, lives within walking distance of the site and does not have access to a car.Tests are only available by pre-booking, click here to find out more information.
People who have access to a car and require a test should not use this service but can register for a test at the drive through facility (Temple Green) at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by telephoning 119.
The Department for Health and Social Care, University of Leeds, Leeds City Council and the NHS in Leeds are pleased to announce that a second walk-through community testing centre opens on Wednesday 26 August. The new site is at the University of Leeds at its The Gryphon Sports Centre on the western edges of the campus, and is in addition to the walk-through testing centre at Bridge Community Church in Burmantofts (Rider Street, LS9 7BQ).
To use the walk-through testing sites it is best to have a pre-booked appointment which can be done through the NHS website or by ringing 119. To help keep the spread of infection down, you should book a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and should self-isolate for 10 days only leaving your house for medical tests or emergencies.