Important Coronavirus Information – 26th March 2020

Check your Symptoms

To check your symptoms please visit NHS111.

Staying at Home

For staying at home guidance, please view the below document.

Information for People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

For Information about having Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes during the COVID-19 Pandemic, please view the below document.

Inhalers and Rescue Packs

Inhalers

We are aware of increasing requests for inhalers from patients who haven’t had them for a significant period of time. Each patient should be reviewed on an individual basis and certainly not all patients should have these prescribed as there should be a clinical need for this. Patients who haven’t had these for at least 18 months probably don’t need a prescription but may need them prescribing in future if they have a clinical need.

There is a risk to general supply of these for those who do need them if we significantly change the normally prescribing rate and we are already seeing many stock shortages with these. In the meantime if you have patients who do require an inhaler then we would suggest limiting this to one inhaler where appropriate to help manage the supple chain

Rescue Packs

We have also been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding rescue packs and practices may wish to use the following message:

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding special ‘rescue packs’ of antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or even for those who don’t have these conditions).

We would like to reassure you that patients who suffer with severe respiratory conditions already have these in place (along with the instructions how to use them). Oral steroids are powerful medicines and any decision to use them would need careful evaluation by a prescriber, usually a doctor or respiratory specialist nurse.

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack unless this is something that has been previously agreed and prescribed by your medical team. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111 (online services should be used as a first choice) before doing anything else.

Please note that this is current advice (as of 23rd March) and guidance around use of rescue packs may change as things progress.