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Coronavirus Alert From Public Health England Posted on 16 Mar 2020

The NHS in Sandwell and West Birmingham and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients.  This is the new national guidance for patients.

All appointment at Linkway and our branch site at Dartmouth will now be via telephone triage available via the SystmOne App, NHS App or by telephoning the surgery.  DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, this is to protect you as well as our staff.

Anyone with a new continuous cough OR a fever (37.8 or above) must self isolate for 7 days and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu.

Use NHS111 on the internet, call NHS 111 if you are UNWELL

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.


You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at

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