Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS across Teesside will be better prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases, if the public follows Public Health England advice.
The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of patients and staff which may mean your patient experience is subject to change.
The legal requirement to wear a face covering no longer applies however the government suggests you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces.
Face masks will continue to be required in health and care settings to comply with infection prevention and control (IPC) and adult social care guidance, this includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries, unless exempt.
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.
Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here : NHS 111