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GENERAL ADVICE

 

this page has links (in Blue ) to NHS help areas

 

1.     how to call for help

2.     Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

3.Colds and Flu

4.Accidents and First Aid

 

Getting help in an emergency

 

999 has been the emergency services number in the UK for many years but you can now also call 112 to get help.

112 is the single emergency telephone number for the European Union. European citizens in distress situations can call the phone number 112 and get through to the emergency services wherever they are.

Many accidents happen when travelling abroad so it is worth remembering that calling 112 can get you the emergency assistance you need when in the UK or Europe.

 

 

 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

What's the risk of coronavirus in the UK?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.

Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.

What's the risk of coronavirus for travellers?

There are some countries and areas where there's a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus.

See our coronavirus advice for travellers.

 

Symptoms of coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

 

How coronavirus is spread

Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.

Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.

It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.

 

Do I need to avoid public places?

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.

 

How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus

Do

  •  

·         wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

·         always wash your hands when you get home or into work

·         use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

·         cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

·         put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

o    try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

·         do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Check if you need medical help

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Use the 111 coronavirus service

 

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

 

 

 

COLDS AND FLU

 

Colds and flu affect 15 million people each year in the UK. Often people make unnecessary trips to their GP, or call for an Ambulance, when they should be resting at home. However, flu can be a serious condition for some people, so it’s important to get advice if you have flu like symptoms.

The advice given is suitable for adults and children aged 5 years and over. If your enquiry is for a child under the age of 5,

call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

 

if you are an adult and have symptoms like cold or Flu

please try this online checker

answer all questions fully

 

FLU CHECKER   <-------------------HERE

 

 

ACCIDENTS and FIRST AID

 

Every year in the UK, thousands of people die or are seriously injured in accidents.

Many of these deaths could have been prevented if First Aid was given at the scene before the emergency services arrive.

What to do

See Accidents and first aid - first aid guide 

for information on how to deal with common accidents and emergencies,

such as choking, poisoning and bleeding.

 

For detailed information on how to deal with burns and scalds,

see Health A-Z: treating burns and scalds 

 

If someone is injured in an accident:

  • first check that you and the casualty are not in any danger and,
  • if so, make the situation safe
  • when safe, assess the casualty and dial 999 or 112 for an ambulance (if necessary)
  • carry out basic first aid

For more information, see Accidents and first aid - what to do after an accident

If they are unconscious and breathing...

If a person is unconscious but is breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they should be placed in the recovery position.

If they are unconscious and not breathing...

If a person is not breathing normally after an accident or Incident you should,

call for an ambulance 

and then

 if you are able to, start CPR (mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) straight away