Doctors in Uckfield, Buxted, and East Hoathly are advising patients not to attend their surgeries if they suspect they have been in contact with someone confirmed as having the Coronavirus.
Meads Surgery and those in Buxted and East Hoathly are asking that you instead contact them to report the contact and any symptoms you may be experiencing.
They say: “Please do not visit the surgery, and self isolate. We have procedures in place and we will be able to discuss these with you when you telephone in.”
The Bird in Eye Surgery is advising you call 111 in the first instance.
BBC South East reported tonight that it was a Crowborough-based company Servomex, that organised a conference in Singapore where a UK businessman is thought to have contracted the virus.
That man is now being described as a ‘super-spreader’ of the coronavirus. See a story in The Guardian: ‘Super-spreader’ brought coronavirus from Singapore to Sussex via France.
The Crowborough Life website reported more about the town’s link with the Singapore conference. See: Coronavirus linked to Crowborough company.
A student at the University of Sussex who had been overseas is being tested for Coronavirus after falling ill. Read more in The Argus: Coronavirus latest: University of Sussex student to be tested.
A Brighton GP practice has closed temporarily after a staff member tested positive for the virus. See the BBC website: Coronavirus: Brighton GP practice closes after staff member tests positive
And a Brighton nursing home has closed its doors to visitors after it emerged a healthcare worker diagnosed with the virus had visited. See the Brighton and Hove News website: Brighton nursing home in lockdown after coronavirus contact.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust says a UK-wide public information campaign says the advice on how people can protect themselves from infection is similar to the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ campaign used for flu and norovirus.
It promotes important hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
The advice to the public is to:
- always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes, and bin the tissue
- wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs
The Trust says Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough or difficulty breathing. There’s more information here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
UK Chief Medical Officers are advising that anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.