Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Important - Call 111 for advice if you're worried about a baby or child.
If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999.
Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Use the quick NHS coronavirus status checker to tell us about your current experience of the virus.
This will help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus by showing where the virus is spreading and how it affects people.
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As well as working one-to-one with people, Health Connections Mendip also runs Self Management Programs, On Track Goal Setting Groups and Talking Cafes.
These medicines include:
Hay fever preparations
Pain killers for minor aches and pains
Soluble pain killers (because of high salt content)
Cough and cold remedies
Nasal decongestants (and Sterimar)
Tonic, vitamin, and health supplements eg vitamin D
Treatments for non-serious constipation or diarrhoea
Ear wax removers (a few drops of olive oil is just as good as anything on prescription)
Lozenges, throat sprays, mouthwashes, gargles and toothpastes
Indigestion remedies tablets and liquids for occasional use
Slimming preparations (except within national guidelines)
Creams, gels, oils and dressings for minor sprains, sports injuries and scars
Creams for bruising, tattoos, varicose veins and scars
Moisturisers, suncreams and bath additives for minor skin conditions
Nappy rash / barrier creams
Treatments for minor facial spots
Hair removing creams
Athletes’ foot creams and powders
Topical treatments for vaginal thrush
Treatments for fungal skin, nail infections and dandruff
Verruca and wart treatments
Foods and toilet preparations except where clinically indicated.
Head lice lotions and shampoos (wet combing is recommended)
Why? This decision has been taken because:
In Somerset we are working to ensure patients feel more empowered and informed to manage their own health.
Somerset spent almost £5 million last year on these medicines which is no longer affordable.
All of these products, are the same strength that the GP had been prescribing, and are readily available along with advice from pharmacies, as well as some shops and supermarkets (which are often open until late)
Some of them do not actually work very well, e.g. cough syrups
This money could be better spent on more serious conditions such as cancer, heart disease and mental health.
Funding is needed to continue prescribing for chronic long term conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, asthma and more severe eczema
For more information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living please visit the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
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