We cannot offer face to face appointments to anyone answers yes to the following questions:
In the last seven days:
1. Have you had a high temperature? (this can mean feeling hot to touch on your chest and back - you do not need to measure your temperature)
2. Have you had a new continuous cough? (this means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours - if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
3. Have you lost sensations of taste or smell?
4. Have you had close contact (under 2 metres) with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis or someone exhibiting the above three symptoms in the last 14 days?
5. Do you fall under the clinically vulnerable category or the clinically extremely vulnerable category as defined below?
6. Do you live with someone who is in either the clinically vulnerable category or the clinically extremely vulnerable category (see below)?
7. Have you recently travelled abroad or been instructed by the government to quarantine?
8. Have you been contacted by the government and told to self-isolate for any reason?
In each of those cases, you would have been advised to self-isolate by the NHS, and we would be able to see you at the end of the isolation period.
Clinically Vulnerable People are those who are:
- Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
- Chronic (long-term) mild to moderate respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- A weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions, treatments like chemotherapy, or medicines such as steroid tablets
- Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- Pregnant women
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People List:
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- People with specific cancers:
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- People with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
- People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
- People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD).
- People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase the risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired