With Coronavirus being so present in the news, having reached the UK, here at Survivors Manchester we take our responsibility to do everything we can to stop the spread of infection seriously.
You will have seen that Public Health England have been working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus to ensure it can be contained and reduce the spread.
We have been in contact with our NHS Commissioners to look at what part we need to play and following their advice, we have agreed to temporarily suspend our Drop In service for the next few weeks, as pre-caution and in keeping with infection control, at least until we have better understanding of the virus.
All of our other services are open as normal but are asking anyone with flu-like symptoms to contact us before attending.
I have been in discussion with colleagues and we haven’t taken this decision lightly, but by only being open to booked appointments, we can track and trace all contacts.
This is just a precaution and we have had no evidence to suggest that anyone has been at risk here. We have made sure for anyone coming to the centre they have the facilities to wash their hands and to use tissues when needed.
Our team may be in touch before pre-booked appointments as a check in to give any advice and if you do feel unwell please ring in advance and don’t attend the service until advised to do so.
The NHS has provided an information page found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for with an overview and how best to minimise spreading.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a cough
- a high temperature
- shortness of breath
These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have Coronavirus. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.
Do you 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
- 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
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
If you do feel unwell and have concerns please call 111 for support and we hope to have all service up and running as normal very soon.
if you have any concerns about attending your appointment, get in contact with us on 0161 236 2182 and I’m more than happy to speak to you.