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Coronavirus Essential Information

Coronavirus Update

Please follow the link below to find out the number of cases and risk level in the UK, what to do if you have symptoms, and what the government is doing about the virus.

You can also visit:


for further details regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The NHS in East Riding of Yorkshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

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

Do not leave your home if you have coronavirus symptoms.

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)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

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.

Self-isolation helps stop coronavirus spreading.

Do not leave your home if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or live with someone who does. This is called self-isolation.

If you are self-isolating, you must:

  • not leave your home for any reason, other than to exercise once a day – but stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
  • not go out to buy food or collect medicine – order them by phone or online, or ask someone else to drop them off at your home
  • not have visitors, such as friends and family, in your home

You can use your garden, if you have one.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.

Please see here the government's guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

Click here for a clinical guide for staff supporting patients with a learning disability, autism or both during the coronavirus pandemic (external PDF)

Coronavirus - essential advice with BSL:

We are getting a lot of phone calls asking for sick notes for people self isolating (either 7 days for symptoms or 14 days for household members with symptoms).

Please use the link below to access a sick note online from NHS 111.

If you are able to work from home, you won't need a sick note, so please discuss this with your employer.

Coronovirus (COVID-19)


The following changes to our appointments systems have been undertaken to protect our patients and staff, particularly those most vulnerable, on the guidance of Public Health England and NHS England. We continue to review the situation and will keep our patients updated.

GP appointments - you can book an appointment but will be advised that this may be a telephone consultation. The GP will decide if you need to be brought in to the Surgery to be seen face to face. We will contact you if there is any change in our procedures.

Nurse appointments - we are booking limited nurse appointments depending on urgency. These may be changed to telephone consultations.

If you wish to avoid the surgery, please cancel your appointment by contacting our reception by telephone.

Please DO NOT attend the surgery if you suspect that you may have Coronovirus (COVID-19). This is for the protection of our most vulnerable patients and our staff. We do not have any way of testing for the virus and it could lead to the entire surgery needing to close for full decontamination to be completed.

If you are concerned about Coronovirus, please see the NHS111 page:

Please continue to cover your mouth when coughing and wash your hands regularly.

The situation is changing rapidly and we will update patients when more information is available. This post was correct as of 13th March 2020.

Kind regards

The Doctors, Bartholomew Medical Group

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