The Government is now requiring the public to wear face coverings in shops, including supermarkets, with some exceptions, including those with certain disabilities.   This follows earlier announcements on the further easing of lockdown measures which are outlined on GOV.UK.

The COVID-19 alert level is now level 3, where the COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, but we still have a pandemic with localised outbreaks.

New restrictions in Bradford to control COVID spread

Alongside other areas in the UK, Bradford is experiencing a rise in infection rates and is an outlier on the Government’s watch list.  The Government has introduced new restrictions to manage these outbreaks, including in Bradford.

From midnight on 30 July people are unable to: meet up with separate households in their home or garden, unless they’re in a support bubble; or visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside the restricted area; or socialise with people they don’t live with in indoor public venues. Indoor sports facilities such as gyms and swimming pools are also required to close.    For more details see GOV.UK including new laws to enforce the measures.

Good hand hygiene, two-metre social distancing and staying at home if people have symptoms, are all important steps to drive infection rates down.

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:

General practice

  • 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 

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. 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
  2. Ask any relatives and friends who are delivering your medicines to make sure they have seen you pick up the bag
  3. 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

  1. Pharmacies may have altered opening times to manage their workload
  2. 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.