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The NHS in Barnsley and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

It is important we prevent the spread of this virus, in particular to people with underlying health problems.

If you have a temperature (above 37.8) and/or a cough (this includes children) loss of taste or smell, please do not come to surgery but go home and self isolate for 7 days from the onset of symptoms following the current advice.  If you have serious symptoms and cannot manage at home you should use NHS 111 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online).

After 7 days of self-isolation, people who feel better and no longer have a high temperature can return to their normal routine.  If they have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, they should use NHS 11 online (people should only call NHS 111 if they cannot get online) before they leave their home or let visitors in.

Coughs may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean someone must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.

Please play your part and help us prevent the spread of the virus.

DO NOT go to a GP Surgery, Community Pharmacy or Hospital.  Use NHS 111 oneline (only call NHS 111 if you cnannot get online) stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

Further information is available on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Children (0-18 years) and Shielding Update (from 6 July 2020)

The majority of children who have been previously identified as 'clinically extremely vulnerable' will no longer need to shield.

Does my child need to continue shielding?

Children should continue to shield until 31 July 2020. From Saturday 1 August 2020, the guidance will be paused so clinically vulnerable people of all ages will no longer need to be advised to shield.

Children will only be removed from the shielded patient list by their GP or specialist doctor following consultation with the child and their family.  Specialists and GPs will be asked to contact children and their families to discuss this over the summer.  Families do not need to take any immediate action. We expect these consultations to happen over the summer.

Children who are removed will not be advised to shield again if government guidance on shielding is changed in future.

If you child is transitioning to adult services before 31 July, you should have a discussion with their current AND future specialist to determine whether your child should continue shielding.

GPs and specialist clinicians have been informed of the changing guidance.

Why is this changing?

The original shielded patients list was intended to identify people with conditions that put them at highest clinical risk from Covid-19, based on evidence available at the time.  It was developed early in the outbreak where there was less evidence and data on the groups most at risk from Covid-19.

Specialists in the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) have looked at the most recent evidence specific to children and developed specific guidance.  The Chief Medical Officer and senior clinicians have reviewed the guidance and are confident in the findings and advice.

The latest evidence shows that risks to children are low and only those with certain medical conditions are likely to be advised to shield if shielding needs to be reintroduced in the future.

Can my children return to school/nursery?

Children should continue to shield until 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020, following the pausing of guidance, children will be able to return to school or nursery in line with their peers and school terms.

Please see our Coronavirus Privacy Notice that will run until 31 March 2021 unless we received further guidance after this date. Covid-19 Privacy Notice

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