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February 07 2020 | News
The first thing we should say about the Coronavirus outbreak is that most cases seem to be mild and those people who have tragically died in Wuhan appear to have been suffering from pre-existing health conditions.
As of February 5th, according to Gov.uk:
The World Health Organisation has declared Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and the risk level in the UK has been raised from Low to Moderate.
With more cases of the virus being diagnosed every day, it’s important to stop it spreading, recognise the symptoms and know what to do if you are concerned that you may have caught it.
Typically, the symptoms start with:
But these symptoms may lead to:
The symptoms are likely to be worse in people with a weakened immune system, in older people, or in those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
If you do have symptoms it is important to adopt a common-sense approach and take precautionary steps similar to having the flu.
Anyone travelling from China who develops the symptoms should take the same precautions and call NHS 111 to report recent travel arrangements.
The UK is one of the first countries to have set up a specific laboratory to test for Coronavirus. When a test is carried out, samples are taken from the nose, throat and deeper respiratory samples and a result can be expected during the same working day.
Due to the recently announced lockdown in England, Summerfield Healthcare is currently only able to offer a limited number of clinical services including:
For some services we continue to offer such as health checks and minor surgery we are now providing COVID-19 testing for all patients and Doctors. This is mandatory due to the proximity of the practitioner, the duration of the appointment and multiple clinicians also being involved in your treatment. An additional £10 will be included in the appointment fee at the point of payment to cover the cost of COVID testing, and your booking confirmation will reflect this requirement. This is not required for blood testing due to the short duration of appointments and reduced risk of exposure.
If you cannot find the service you are looking for or it is not available to book due to the lockdown, please enter your details below and the service you require and we will contact you when the service resumes. Please remember that all COVID testing services are continuing during lockdown.