The best thing that people can do to protect themselves and other people is to wash their hands regularly – that is the message from the Isle of Wight NHS Trust as they issue updated advice on coronavirus.
With 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK, plans to slow the spread and protect the country are developing.
Locally, there have been no confirmed cases – despite local rumours – but the Isle of Wight NHS Trust is ready to respond should the need arise.
Hospitals across the country have set up NHS 111 Coronavirus Pods to help test possible cases and to protect patients and staff. The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has set up this Pod in a stand-alone building that is isolated from the rest of the hospital. However, people should only make their way to the Pod if they are told to by NHS 111.
2 key pieces of information for Islanders are:
• Wash your hands regularly
• If you have a cough or sneeze, catch it in a tissue and dispose of it properly. Catch it, bin it, kill it.
If you are worried that you might have coronavirus you should:
- Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people, especially older or vulnerable people
- Call NHS 111 or use the online service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 – you will be asked questions and given advice
- You should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or St Mary’s Hospital without checking with NHS 111