Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support

 

Updated 21 September 2021

COVID-19 remains a risk and it is still possible to catch and spread the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. Find out how to stay safe and stop the spread - read the full guidelines on GOV.UK

All restrictions have legally lifted, as we move back to  normality.  However, some things that will protect us, including wearing face masks, are still recommended though, even if they’re not now a legal requirement.

 

 

COVID cases in Oxfordshire

You can find the latest information here.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should still book to receive a PCR test. Find your closest test centre.
  • You should regularly test for COVID-19 using lateral flow devices, even if you don’t have symptoms. One in three people with COVID don’t have symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Find out how to get the tests. 
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, or if you have tested positive, you should still isolate if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This remains the law. Find out more.
  • If you’re returning from abroad, you should ensure you understand the rules around testing and quarantining beore travel. You should also ensure that you keep up-to-date with changes to those rules, even while you are away. Find out more.
  • You should be cautious in crowded areas or when mixing indoors. Face coverings, open windows and mixing with fewer people is recommended to reduce the risk.
  • Regular handwashing or using hand sanitiser makes it harder for the virus to spread. 
  • A gradual return to working in the office is now encouraged - but with safety in mind. Find out more.
  • If you are not yet vaccinated, the best thing you can do is to do so, as soon as you are able to. Find out more.

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Seeing your GP

GP practices are open. Patients are face-to-face appointments if clinically necessary, phone appointments, some video consultations and online consultations.  For more information about speaking to your GP, click here. 

Getting help

We are trying to reduce the number of people sitting in crowded waiting rooms where infection could spread. If you need medical help or advice please contact NHS111 first, via phone or the NHS111 website. They will triage your case and direct you to the most appropriate service. This could include a a hospital Emergency Department  or a local Minor Injuries Unit. People with injuries who have not called in advance will be seen and treated as necessary.  However, if the condition or injury is not urgent, staff will ask patients attend the following day with an appointment.

Please also note that to comply with social distancing, people are asked to attend units on their own if possible, or with one other person only if they require help or support.

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Useful websites

National Advice

  •  Up-to-date NHS information on coronavirus, including symptoms, testing, vaccinations, self-isolation and NHS COVID Pass are at
     www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
  • NHS 111 that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do

Local Advice

COVID Vaccination Information - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain

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