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Coronavirus: GP surgeries triage patients in Cornwall

Coronavirus: GP surgeries triage patients in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:00am 14th March 2020. (Updated at 8:03am 14th March 2020)

GP patients in Cornwall are being triaged as part of the UK's coronavirus action plan.

It means surgeries are sorting people depending on how urgent their need is.

Nationwide, practices have taken the decision to close as UK cases rise.

Local practices remain open but more people could be dealt with online or over the phone.

The advice to anyone who has visited one of the affected areas and feels unwell is NOT to go to their doctor or hospital.

In a statement, NHS Kernow says they are doing everything they can to manage the situation and people should be reassured.

"Nationally and locally, the NHS and its partners are well prepared to deal with coronavirus and other similar situations. 

"Locally, the national recommendations to manage the situation are being put in place and people should be reassured. 

"Each practice is adapting, in the way they see best, to keep their patients and staff safe.

"Practices remain open but the majority of practices are triaging patients to identify the most appropriate way for them to access services.  

"This may be via a telephone consultation, online consultation or face-to-face if deemed appropriate.  

"Patients can continue to call the practice as usual".

NHS Kernow continued: "Anyone who has have been to one of the affected areas and is feeling unwell should use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111 for further advice straightaway. 

"People should not visit their GP surgery, community or main acute hospital. 

"There is a wealth of information online at http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus - from here you can find information on the symptoms, hand washing and self isolation as well as detail of the actions being taken to manage coronavirus".

NHS Kernow

You can check the latest advice from the NHS here, including the symptoms of coronavirus and when to self-isolate.

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