We may have been a little quieter on the blog recently, but we have been extremely busy working alongside our emergency colleagues. As Doctors, we are working on the frontline during this coronavirus pandemic as well as continuing to attend any BEEP call outs, for which we are on-call 24/7.
How we used to work and attend emergency calls has changed in order to protect our patients and also ourselves from the coronavirus. This ensures we can continue to work and assist those in need. We now wear full PPE (personal protective equipment) for all call-outs.
Our team of doctors have, in addition, been helping the North West Ambulance service with call-outs to ease the mounting pressure on this public service. It is very much a team effort with everyone supporting each other.
We’d like to remind our readers and supporters of the symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you suffer from any.
The three main symptoms are:
- A high temperature – where your chest or back are hot to the touch
- A new, continuous cough – where you are coughing for a lot more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually suffer with a cough, it may be worse than usual.
- A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell – where you notice you cannot taste or smell anything or where things taste or smell different to normal.
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms. Do not wait to get all three symptoms. If you feel that you have any of these symptoms, you need to go to the 111 online coronavirus service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ and after answering the questions, you will be given advice on what to do next and if you need a test. You can also call 111 if you cannot get online.
The safest option is for people to stay home and self-isolate but if this is not possible, do try to avoid crowded places and public transport. Ensure you wash your hands frequently and use antibacterial hand gel when soap and water are not accessible.
The World Health Organisation also has up-to-date advice for the public which can be accessed here https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
We are extremely appreciative of the Thursday night 8pm clapping for key workers and if any of our teams are not on duty helping their NHS colleagues, then they are joining in with all of you and demonstrating their thanks to everyone else doing their utmost at this challenging time.
We continue to thank our fundraisers for all donations that we have received this year. If you, or anyone you know, would like to donate to the Beep Fund Ltd, please follow this link and know we are very grateful for your support, especially in these testing times.
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Thank you and please stay safe.