Patient update: Coronavirus

As the situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has developed since our last update, we’ve pulled together some essential information for you.

Where can you get up-to-date information regarding the coronavirus?

It’s always important to seek out knowledgeable and trustworthy sources when it comes to your health. For up-to-date information about the coronavirus situation, you should visit the NHS website in the first instance, which is regularly updated.

Get information about coronavirus on NHS.UK 

Top tips for avoiding infection

As this is a new virus strain, it’s not yet exactly clear how it’s spread from person to person. However, you can decrease the risk of infection by following simple hygiene advice.

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
  • When washing your hands, do it for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Wash your hands whenever you get home or arrive at work    
  • If soap and water isn’t available, use sanitiser gel
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) 
  • Put any used tissues straight in the bin after use and immediately wash your hands
  • Avoid contact with people who you know to be unwell

Don’t touch your eyes, mouth or nose if your hands haven’t been cleaned.

If you are concerned, the NHS 111 has set up an online service you can use.

Use the NHS 111 Coronavirus service 

Get your medication delivered without leaving home

If you’re concerned about the risk of coronavirus, there are health services which you can use to limit the risk of infection. If you need to see your GP, first check if they’re offering video or phone consultations.

With our online service, you can conveniently order your NHS prescriptions from your home and have your medication delivered for free, directly to your door. We also provide reminders when it’s time to reorder.

Join a growing community of over 350,000 patients in England today. Registration is quick and easy. 


Phil Day By Phil Day Superintendent Pharmacist Published 06/03/2020