Coronavirus Information

Updated Covid-19 Government Guidance

The new national restrictions are rules that apply to everyone and which everyone must follow. The full details of these rules and around shielding and COVID-19 can be found here

For shielding support, the new online service can be found here

 

4/7/22 

ncrease in COVID-19 cases in Bristol
 
Bristol along with the rest of the country is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. This is most likely being driven by the effects of COVID-19 restrictions ending and greater social mixing combined with the spread of the BA5 strain of the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant is highly infectious and this new strain appears to be causing some reinfections.
 
We are providing the following advice to the public:
To protect yourself and others please ensure that you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters. Be mindful of those who may be more at risk and continue to: • Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors • Wash your hands • Wear a face covering or mask when in busy or enclosed spaces If you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as COVID-19, you have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities, you are advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

NHS Health at Home

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should stay at home as much as possible, but it’s still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer. Please visit this link for more information https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/

It is very important that you still contact your GP surgery if you are unwell and attend appointments at the hospital for ongoing treatments unless you have been told not to.

You must still go to hospital in a serious or life-threatening medical emergency, or if you are feeling very unwell, but please ensure you follow Coronavirus guidance before attending A&E.

If you are attending the practice for a face to face appointment or to collect prescriptions please ensure you wear a face covering or mask.  We will not be able to supply you with a face mask as we have limited access to PPE and have to ensure we keep it to protect our Practice team.

Domestic Abuse Campaign

The Home Office is running a domestic abuse campaign, raising awareness of the support and advice currently available. They are grateful for all the support received so far from the NHS stakeholders and would appreciate if you could share the campaign assets with your networks and include a link on your website to the campaign page: gov.uk/domestic-abuse. Further information and online assets are available here

Germ Defence

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.  

 It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link   

www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=L81031

(If this link does not open when you click on it, just copy and paste it into your web browser.

Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family. There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.

If you’d like to know more:

  •  Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
  • People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with
  • Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
  • Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter

 Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here