Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
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:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
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.
Read general information such as:
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To find your local A&E department clik here: find your local A&E department
To find your local Minor Injury Unit click here: find your local MIU
To find your local Urgent Care Centre click here: find your local UCC
To find your local Walk-in Centre click here: find your local walk-in centre
To find your local GP click here: find a GP practice.
To find your local Pharmacy click here: find your local pharmacy
Many conditions get better on their own, and can be treated successfully at home. 111 is available 24 hours a day for advice on all medical matters.
Your pharmacist may be able to help you with these common ailments and advise on medicines you can buy over the counter.
These usually start with a runny nose, cough, temperature and aches. They are caused by viruses, and antibiotics are of no use in treating them. Treatment consists of taking recommended doses of paracetamol for the temperature and aches, and drinking plenty of fluids. Seek advice if symptoms persist after one week BUT earlier for a child or if you are worried.
In adults and older children, diarrhoea and vomiting will usually get better on their own. Treatment consists of replacing the fluid you have lost and resting the digestive system. Sachets of powder such as Dioralyte and Rehidrat, which can be made into a drink, are available from the chemist. If the diarrhoea contains blood or there is severe pain or high fever, you should discuss it with the doctor. Diarrhoea and vomiting in small babies should be treated with caution and the doctor will be happy to advise you over the phone or arrange to see you if necessary.
Many acute strains, sprains and backache will respond to a few days rest with paracetamol taken for pain. If symptoms persist, contact the doctor.
These creatures prefer clean hair and are not a sign of poor personal hygiene. Medicated shampoos can be obtained from the chemist without a prescription, or for children from the health visitor.
Most of these need no treatment. Anti-histamine tablets can be obtained from the chemist without prescription and will relieve most symptoms.
Sit in a chair (leaning forward with your mouth open) and pinch your nose just below the bone for about ten minutes, by which time the bleeding usually stops. If the bleeding continues, place a plug of cotton wool in your nostril and ask for advice from 111 or your doctor
First apply a cold compress containing ice for 15 to 30 minutes to reduce swelling. Apply a firm crepe bandage and give a sprain plenty of rest (elevated if ankle) until the discomfort has subsided.
We are very happy to receive suggestions about websites that you have found useful. Many of the sites on this page have been recommended by our patients.
Hillingdon CarersA charity which supports people who care for someone who is frail or has a disability.www.hillingdoncarers.org.uk
Hillingdon Association of Voluntary ServicesDirectory of over 400 voluntary and community organisations in Hillingdon,including carers, disability, women’s and older people’s groups.www.havs.org.ukAge Concern HillingdonComprehensive online handbook of services in Hillingdon for older peoplewww.ageconcernhillingdon.org.uk
PALS – Patient Liaison ServiceThe Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) offers confidential advice, support and information on health-related matters. They provide a point of contact for patients, their families and their carers.
E-mail email@example.comPALS Enquiries 01895 488500PALS Fax 01895 488292Complaints Manager 01895 488282
Walking For Health
Walk Hillingdon is a project run between London Borough of Hillingdon's Specialist Health Promotion Team and Green Spaces teams It aims to help people improve their health and wellbeing while making new friends and exploring the local area.
NHS Direct Web Site
Of the huge number of US web sites, http://www.healthcentral.com/ is a good one. It covers lots of individual symptoms and diseases with helpful lists about diagnosis and the tests you might expect and the questions you need to answer on your visit to your “health professional”.
Patient has a symptom checker as well as a variety of health information leaflets and a wellbeing blog
The British Epilepsy Association site has information about epilepsy.
The Meningitis Research Foundation has plenty information on their site.
A useful self help group for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Action for ME
http://www.carersuk.org/ is a web site for carers.
http://www.gov.uk/browse/disabilities/carers is a govenment website for carers.
http://www.patient.co.uk – an index of patient support and self-help groups.
http://www.self-help.org.uk/ / – a comprehensive listing of self-help groups
Relate is Britain’s leading couple counselling agency. They provide high-quality counselling, relationship education and training to support couple and family relationships throughout life and to help with difficulties in marriage or in any adult couple relationship.
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/ – YoungMinds is the national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.
http://www.bullying.co.uk/ is a useful site for helping children who are being bullied, as well as adults who are experiencing bullying at work.
Try also http://www.babyworld.co.uk/
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Sexualhealthtopics/Pages/Sexual-health-hub.aspx NHS information about sexually transmitted diseases in an easy to read format.
http://www.nhs.uk/Planners/breastfeeding/Pages/breastfeeding.aspx Breast Feeding Information.
ASH is a London-based charity providing information on all aspects of tobacco and campaigning to reduce the unnecessary addiction, disease and premature death caused by smoking.
Bandolier is a journal written by doctors looking at the best evidence for treatments. The articles are easy to read and understandable and cover a wide range of subjects.
The British Medical Journal usually has a variety of articles. Aimed at doctors but often some of the editorials, news and smaller titbits are readable.
The New England Journal of Medicine is a little less accessible but gives a view point from the United States. Again, written for doctors. It allows you to search medical journal articles but you can easily find relevant information very quickly.
NHSGo is an app developed by young people to provide health advice, and information on local services.
If you're planning to travel outside the UK, you may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases found in other parts of the world.
Vaccinations are available to protect you against infections such as yellow fever, typhoid and hepatitis A.
In the UK, the childhood vaccination programme protects you against a number of diseases, but doesn't cover most of the infectious diseases found overseas.
You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you'll be travelling to by clicking this link: NHS fitfortravel
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