COVID-19 previous updates - 22 April
22 April 2020
Should I still call 999 or go to hospital if I'm worried about my health?
While everyone is being told to stay at home, it can be hard to know what to do if you’re unwell. It's still important to get medical help if you need it.
Whether or not you have coronavirus symptoms, it's essential to dial 999 if you have symptoms that could be a heart attack (external link), stroke (external link), or any other non-COVID-19 related emergency. Parents of young children, pregnant women or those worried about cancer must still contact their GP and go to hospital if they are told to.
Don't delay because you think hospitals are too busy - the NHS still has systems in place to treat people for non-COVID-19 related emergencies. If you delay, it is possible things can get worse meaning you may need intensive care and have to stay longer in hospital.
Can I still contact my GP as I normally would?
Yes, it is really important that you contact your GP as you normally would for any issues. GP practices are open for business and are making sure their services are safe for non-COVID-19 patients.
The Department of Health and Social Care has released guidance for those who provide unpaid care to family or friends.
This includes anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.
The guidance provides essential advice, including for:
- preparing an emergency care plan
- protecting yourself and the person you care for
- caring for someone who is clinically ‘extremely vulnerable’
- arranging alternative care if you are unable to provide it
Carers FIRST is an online tool which supports unpaid carers living in Haringey, by providing information, advice, and guidance. If you're looking after a friend or relative, you can talk to someone about your situation and discuss what support you may need. Please contact the Carers Hub on 0300 303 1555 for further information or you can email email@example.com or visit the Carers First website (external link).
In his latest message to residents, Cllr Joseph Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, thanks the community for the way they have come together to support one another during the coronavirus outbreak - and sends a positive reminder that Haringey’s greatest strength is, and will continue to be, its people.
During this outbreak, we have seen more than 1,400 food parcels delivered from our food hubs to vulnerable people in the borough, and 600 hot meals delivered daily through the Community Kitchen scheme - and more than 500 people have signed up to volunteer through Connected Communities to support their neighbours.
The community are reminded to take the time to look after their mental and physical wellbeing, and reach to those self-isolating, who may be lonely at this difficult time. Most importantly, we ask the community to stay home and save lives.
Watch the latest message from Cllr Ejiofor:
Supporting Haringey’s diverse and dynamic business community is a priority for us.
We have a dedicated business support team, who are working closely with trader groups and networks to ensure they are aware of the latest support and guidance, as well providing updates through our dedicated COVID-19 business support pages.
We’ve now spoken to over 200 businesses individually to help with their concerns and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. If you need advice contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents should be aware that the NHS are still providing the same safe care they have always done while the coronavirus is taking place.
It is important to follow government advice and stay at home during the pandemic, but there can be confusion on knowing the right steps to take when your child is unwell or injured.
The NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same level of care and the following advice, published by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, should be taken if you notice any of the symptoms on the poster below:
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