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Farnham patients sent messages asking to 'self isolate' over coronavirus

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Farnham patients sent messages asking to 'self isolate' over coronavirus

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 1:03pm 14th February 2020. (Updated at 1:10pm 14th February 2020)

GP surgeries in Farnham are asking patients to self isolate if they have flu-like symptoms and have recently visited China.

In a bid to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, at least two practices have sent texts saying people should stay at home and call 111.

The messages, from the Farnham Dene Medical Practice and Downing Street Group Practice, stipulates people should NOT come into the surgery.

Coronavirus warning
The text message sent to patients in Farnham.

Both practices confirmed it was a precautionary measure to prevent a potential spread of the virus.

Reception manager at Farnham Dene, Rabia Cody, told Eagle everyone over 16 on their register had been sent the text.

She said they had put signs up in their surgeries - which are in Lower Bourne and at the Farnham Centre for Health at Farnham Hospital - but this way they could reach more people.

Downing Street said all its patients had also been sent the same message. 

Meanwhile, the town's Ferns Medical Practice has reopened after closing yesterday as a precautionary measure for a deep clean.

The closure followed a visit from a patient who had travelled to one of the affected areas.

On its website it says patients with appointments "will be seen as normal."

It also says people should "take simple and common-sense steps" as with any flu virus - including carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and putting the tissue in the bin.

The advice is also to wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, if soap and water are not available. 

Ferns Medical Practice advises patients who have returned from Wuhan or Hubei province- the centre of the outbreak - in the last 14 days, to stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 - and not go to go the surgery.

It also issues the same advice for those with a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath who have in the last 14 days returned from other parts of China  (including Macau and Hong Kong), Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore or Malaysia.

Find further information on coronavirus from Public Health England.



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