Coronavirus

Dr Rowlands will consult remotely for both new and existing patients by WhatsApp from 11 March 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

We do not have resistance to this new type of virus and it is likely to effect the majority of the population in the next 6 months, when it should peter out. The government policy is to delay the spread of the disease as much as possible, to minimise the pressure on the NHS, and the other essential services, but also to buy more time for contingency planning. Although we are all at risk, over 80% will have mild symptoms treated at home with symptomatic remedies and self-isolation. Vaccines will not be produced in time to be of use.

Some groups are at much higher risk of complications especially;

  • Older people, particularly the very old
  • Those with pre-existing conditions (such as Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, lung conditions and immunosuppression)

Dr Rowlands would prefer to minimise the risks by undertaking remote consultations with immediate effect.

If you are showing symptoms of Coronavirus such as fever, dry cough, muscle weakness immediately self-isolate and contact 111. You should not attend any appointment if you have a family member with the illness or you have returned from a high risk area. The incubation period may be over 14 days.

This will be a difficult time for the country and we should follow the advice of the Chief Medical Officer at present;

  • Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Do not touch your face before hand washing
  • Self-isolate for 7 days, or 14 days if you have a family member effected
  • Keep your distance from others - 1 metre
  • Work from home if possible and avoid large groups of people

We should also refrain from posting anything on social media that might unnecessarily inflame other people’s anxieties*. It has already been shown in China, that how we all behave both individually and collectively will have a material impact on the outcome of the epidemic, including morbidity and unfortunately mortality.
(*e.g. empty shelves, queues for food, funerals, graveyards or NHS services under pressure)

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This page was last updated: 17 March 2020


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