Coronavirus

COVID vaccination programme

Iain Davidson, chief pharmacist at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, speaks about the first people to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and why it’s so important.

We are reintroducing some limited visiting at our main and community hospitals in a safe and COVID-compliant way. This is in line with updated guidance from NHS England and the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

All visitors will be required to:

  • Wear the appropriate PPE and must not be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Undertake the current risk assessment

We recommend anyone coming for an approved visit has a Covid lateral flow test prior to coming to the hospital. You can go to a local test site, collect tests to do yourself from a pharmacy or test site, or  order them online

You can find your nearest site on the NHS England website  or by calling 119.

Visiting arrangements

The latest hospital visiting arrangements can be found here

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS in Cornwall and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

The latest information on symptoms of Coronavirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on coronavirus-covid-19

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus;
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

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 catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

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.

Following the announcement that an individual in Cornwall has been confirmed as having the coronavirus, PHE is carrying out a thorough risk assessment to trace this individual’s movements in the last fortnight. Patients and staff can be reassured that their safety is the top priority, and patients are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual. The local NHS and Cornwall Council are working closely with PHE to support this work. PHE is prioritising contacting people who might have had close and sustained contact with the individual to provide them with health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details in case they become unwell. If you have not been contacted you do not need to take any action.

Useful Resources

Cornwall Mental Health and Wellbeing

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mental wellbeing guidance

A range of accessible information plus guides for children and older people are available from the NHS Library

Public Health England Videos

Table of confirmed cases split by upper tier local authority

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Public facing information

NHS information – the first port of call for the public

Blog about contact tracing

Blog about self-isolation

Blog about the five things you can do to protect yourself and your community

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What is social distancing?

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas

Public information campaign

Resources for the public information campaign