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Coronavirus(Covid-19): UK in lockdown

The UK lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus commenced on the 23rd of March, 2020.This means that life is changing for all of us for a while and the foreseeable future. It has been speculated that lockdown could last till June at best or probably for six months. It may cause you to feel anxious, sad, bored stressed, worried, lonely or frustrated. It is important to remember it is okay to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. If you need help refer to the NHS website on 10 tips to help you if you are worried about coronavirus.

It is important to take measures to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty. Doing so will help you think clearly, and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about.

It is also very important to follow the latest official guidance on staying at home and away from others and observing the “social distancing” guidelines to keep everyone safe.

A recap on the advice to stay at home to stop the spread of the coronavirus is; everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus except for 1 of 4 reasons below;

1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicines, which must be as infrequent as possible. Delivery services should be used where possible.

2. One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.

3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

Important: These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

There is separate advice about: staying at home if you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from coronavirus, staying at home if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.

1. Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

2. Use hand sanitizer gel if soap and water are not available

3. Wash your hands as soon as you get back home

4. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

5. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Things you don’t do include; do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Looking after your health and wellbeing to help yourself stay well while you’re at home, you should:

Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media, try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films, do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

What to do if you need medical help; if you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

For health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website.

For urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online.

For life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Pregnancy advice; if you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

At Prime Health pharmacy, we are here at this time of uncertainty to help ease your problems/worries in relation to picking your prescriptions from your GP surgery, we can get your surgery to send your prescription electronically and we will deliver your medication on time at no cost-it’s free. We also have stock available for items that can help you prevent the spread and treat symptoms if  ; hand sanitizers, Face masks, paracetamol, ibuprofen, vitamin C, antihistamines, thermometers to mention but a few.

You can have a look at our online shop and/or register on our website if you want us to take care of your medicines at this time of difficulty.

Stay safe!