COVID-19 FAQ

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Fever
  • New cough
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Some less typical symptoms including
    • A "bad cold"
    • Diarrhoea
    • New headache
    • Sore throat

What should I do if I have symptoms of possible COVID-19? 

  • I should order a PCR test 

    from https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or call 119 

  • I should self- isolate 

  • I should NOT attend the surgery

    You can find information for self-care here

    We can still provide advice over the phone 

    We can arrange for our patients over 12 years old with symptoms of COVID-19 to be seen our sister surgery

  • I can get an isolation note, I don't need to speak with a GP https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

What are the different COVID tests?

The following free tests are available on the NHS. They are not for travel purposes.

PCR tests 

They are NOT processed at home by yourself, they have to be sent back to a lab

They are required if you have ANY of the following symptoms: 

  • a new cough (dry or not) 
  • a new loss of smell or taste 
  • a fever  

As new COVID variants can present with different symptoms, you should also consider a PCR test if you have 

  • diarrhoea 
  • a sore throat 
  • a new headache  
  • a cold

If you talk to a GP, they may also recommend that you take a test for other symptoms. 

You should isolate and order a PCR test from https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  or call 119 

Rapid tests (lateral flow device) 

They are generally quick tests, some of which you can do yourself at home

They are NOT reliable if you have symptoms of COVID-19

Some employers provide them so that can screen yourself twice a week

As of 14/12/2021, as COVID-19 infection rates are very high and the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly, the self-isolation advice for contacts of people with COVID-19 has changed to reduce the risk of spread to others.

Anyone aged 5 years and over, who has been identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 and who is not legally required to self-isolate, is now strongly advised to take a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test every day for 7 days or until 10 days since their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19 if this is earlier. If any of these LFD tests are positive they should self-isolate in order to protect other people.

Please note that if you are not vaccinated against COVID and have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you have to isolate whatever the LFD result is.

You can order these tests from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests , call 119 or find a local site to collect from.

Vaccinations

We do not offer the COVID-19 vaccination at our surgery but strongly recommend that you get vaccinated  / get a booster to protect yourself and others

You can find some local centres or use the national booking system

If you were vaccinated abroad, you can register your vaccinations through https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/tell-nhs-about-coronavirus-vaccinations-abroad/

If you can't get vaccinated for medical reasons, you can apply on the government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-medical-exemptions-proving-you-are-unable-to-get-vaccinated

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