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As a healthcare professional, it is important that you keep informed on the evolving situation in the UK around coronavirus. On this page, you can find information and links regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the risk to the UK from moderate to high, therefore, the UK Government has now moved into the second “delay” phase of its four-stage action plan, originally published on the 5 March 2020, which you can access here.
For the latest information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, please visit this page, which is updated at 2pm each day.
Click here to access the latest self-isolation guidance applying to all members of the public including healthcare workers.
From 13 March 2020, the public is being advised to stay at home (self-isolate) without any testing for COVID-19, regardless of travel history or contact with confirmed cases, if they have:
The geographic element of the case definition has now been removed. Travel and contact history are no longer important for diagnosis, which is on the basis of symptoms alone. If people who have travelled do not have symptoms they do not need to stay at home, regardless of their travel history.
Follow local, governmental and NHS guidance and our advice is to keep yourself fully informed and up to date with the latest developments:
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Overview
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for health professionals and other organisations
Latest COVID-19 stay at home guidance applying to all members of the public including healthcare workers
If you take the decision (or are advised to) stay at home (self-isolate) you should:
If you are not already at work, notify your dedicated contact here and healthcare setting before returning to work.
If you have cared for, or been in contact with, an individual with suspected or confirmed coronavirus, please inform your dedicated contact here.
We'd like to remind you to continue with normal infection control procedures, remembering the need for good hand and respiratory hygiene at all times.
Click here to familiarise yourself with Public Health England's "Infection Prevention and Control Guidance.”
We appreciate that some people may be concerned about the virus, so if you would like to speak to someone in more detail, please click here to send us an email, and a member of our team will contact you.