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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Anyone can spread the virus.

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

For up-to-date information,visit gov.uk/coronavirus and www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

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Isolation Note

If you or someone you live with are exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, use the NHS 111 isolation note service to provide a note for your employer.

Respiratory 'rescue packs'

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack if you have asthma. Some COPD patients may have a rescue pack as part of an existing management plan and should use according to this plan, all other COPD patients should continue to manage their condition in the normal way and should not contact their practice for a rescue pack.

You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else

Cancellation of CCG meetings

 

Given the current and unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the UK health system and wider partners, the NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk, NHS West Suffolk and NHS North East Essex CCGs will be rationalising their scope of work and meetings. The decision has been made to cancel the majority of CCG meetings that involve wider partners to enable the prioritization of clinical work.

Any meetings held by the CCGs will be held virtually to reduce the risks of transmission to NHS and partner staff.

Although public meetings will be held behind closed doors, the public, as always, are welcome to ask questions. Queries can be sent in advance of the scheduled meetings to our joint Communications Team at neeccg.comms@nhs.net or comms@suffolk.nhs.uk

Agendas and timings for meetings can be found on the CCG websites:

www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk
www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk
www.neessexccg.nhs.uk

Statutory functions will of course have to be discharged, however this move will free up our clinical and non-clinical staff to support our population and providers in these challenging times.

The CCGs’ chief operating officers (Maddie Baker-Woods - Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, Kate Vaughton - West Suffolk CCG, and Pam Green - North East Essex CCG) will review with alliance colleagues the local programmes of work and agree with local partners what work will be postponed. These decisions will be communicated via local channels and teams.

If you have any questions, please contact us at neeccg.comms@nhs.net or comms@suffolk.nhs.uk

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