You may be aware of media reports about the numbers of COVID cases in the Bradford area. The Council, who leads the response, continue to work hard with us and other partners to prevent infection spreading as no one wants a second lockdown. Additional helpful content is available on the council website. Over the past two weeks Bradford has seen a decline in the number of cases of COVID-19 but the number of people testing positive for the virus is still too high and the risk of localised outbreaks remains. It’s encouraging that we’re seeing a decline in cases, but Bradford still has high numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19. It has not gone from our lives. We know that figures from Public Health England show Bradford with a high number of infections along with a number of other northern authorities, although we are some way behind Leicester.
We must not become complacent with the reduction in these numbers as we all know that the virus is still affecting people across the world, so it is crucial that we continue to adhere to the government guidelines in social distancing, washing hands and wearing face coverings in those areas where the social distancing is not possible. We must all stay vigilant. Until the number of cases in Bradford comes down, and in communities, asking people to be extra cautious and continue to keep two metres apart from people they don’t live with. If two metres isn’t possible they should wear a face covering.
The Government has announced easing of some lockdown measures (23 June) which are outlined on GOV.UK.
This follows the Government’s earlier announcement that the COVID-19 alert level has moved from level 4, where the COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation and transmission is high or rising exponentially, to level 3, where the COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, we still have a pandemic and localised outbreaks are likely to occur.
GOV.UK has information on the current Government guidance for the public.
Getting health support
If you or someone you live with has coronavirus symptoms (high temperature and / or a new continuous cough):
- Stay at home.
- If your symptoms worsen or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please refer to the NHS111 online coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you can’t get online or you’ve been instructed to.
- Please do not go to your GP practice or community pharmacy.
If you, or people you live, with DON’T HAVE coronavirus symptoms and you think you need primary care help and advice, don’t delay:
- GP practices are there to help you get the care and advice you need.
• To protect you from coronavirus, your GP practice will try to help you remotely as much as possible:
- Contact the practice, either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed. Find out more here
- You will be assessed and as far as possible you will receive advice or care via a video consultation, or over the phone.
- If a face-to-face appointment is necessary, you will be advised on what to do. GP practices have measures in place to minimise any risk from coronavirus.
Please do not enter the practice unless you’ve been advised to. This will ensure they can continue to provide essential care safely.
Repeat prescriptions during COVID-19
- Order repeat prescriptions in your usual quantities at the usual time. Over-ordering of your medicines may mean someone else has to go without their medicines.
- Order your usual prescription online or by an app. Do not go to your GP practice or pharmacy to order prescriptions and only phone them if you cannot order online or by an app. You can order repeat prescriptions on the NHS App and through your GP surgery or pharmacy’s online service, where available. You can find out about ordering medicines online at www.nhs.uk
If you have a prescription to collect:
- If you are 70 or over, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant you should arrange collection by a relative or friend, or ask your pharmacy for help with delivery
- Ask any relatives and friends who are delivering your medicines to make sure they have seen you pick up the bag
- If your medicines are being delivered make sure you keep a safe distance when you receive them.
For everyone else, if you are going into a pharmacy in person, follow social distancing rules and the rules put in place by the pharmacy to protect you and their staff
- Pharmacies may have altered opening times to manage their workload
- Sales of some medicines may be restricted in quantity by pharmacies to ensure that there is enough for everyone.
Urgent care and treatment for existing conditions
You should continue to seek urgent care and treatment for existing conditions that you need. This includes using other vital NHS services that are continuing to support local communities, such as mental health and community services, and offering a range of different options, so that people can continue to access services in a safe way.