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Your GP is there for you

Due to coronavirus, how you contact your GP surgery will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact where possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus. Face-to-face appointments are available, but you may be asked to discuss your condition(s) over the phone or online first to assess what would be most appropriate for you. Please call your local GP practice or visit their website to complete a confidential online form. Visit NHS.UK for advice on registering with a GP practice.

Should I have a coronavirus test?

It is vital people with symptoms are tested to help stop the spread of the virus.

Only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested by a doctor, a public health professional or by your local council.

The main symptoms are:
•    a high temperature
•    a new, continuous cough
•    a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

You can book a coronavirus test on Do not use this service if you do not have symptoms.

Further information about getting tested, and what to do if you have symptoms, is available on NHS.UK.

New campaign to prevent spread of coronavirus this winter

The government’s new Hands. Face. Space campaign urges you to continue to wash your hands, cover your face and make space to control infection rates.

By following these simple steps, illustrated in this video, you could make a significant difference in reducing the transmission of coronavirus and help protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues from the virus.

Take part in a national research study on coronavirus

It is important to understand more about coronavirus to help stop its spread and save lives, and the best way to do this is to learn from people in every community in the UK.

This is why University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging you to take part in their Virus Watch: help stop the spread study and tell them, each week, if you are well or have any symptoms.

For more information about the study and how to join visit UCLH’s website.

Celebrating World Patient Safety Day

The second WHO World Patient Safety Day earlier this month saw many NHS organisations raising awareness of what we can all do to keep patients safe.

Over the last year, as described in this report, there has been strong progress: a range of initiatives have been put in place to make the NHS even safer, and we will continue to build on these foundations.

Find out if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes

If you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, join our Healthier You Programme. This is a free service, providing advice on healthy eating, being more active and achieving a healthy lifestyle, to help people reduce their risk.

You can sign up to the programme using the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool, which will assess your risk and direct you to sign up online if you are eligible.

We recently launched a campaign, to encourage people of black and south Asian ethnicity, who are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes and coronavirus, to take up the programme.

Our recent research shows the increased risk of mortality from coronavirus for those living with the condition. If you are concerned, Diabetes UK has lots of information on how coronavirus can affect people with diabetes.

This month we also launched the NHS Low Calorie Diet programme for those recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, based on a trial which saw almost 50% of people achieve remission of their type 2 diabetes within 12 months. Five thousand people in 10 pilot areas across England will initially have the opportunity to access this new service.

Restoration of cancer services in England 

Outstanding efforts have been made across the NHS to maintain cancer services during the pandemic, and recovery work is now underway to restore services to pre-pandemic levels.

A new Cancer Recovery Taskforce, led by Professor Peter Johnson, National Clinical Director for Cancer, is meeting for the first time this week, and will bring together charities, patients and royal colleges to support the recovery of cancer services.

With Public Health England, we will be launching an awareness campaign next month to encourage people to continue to use NHS services if they think they spot something that could be a sign of cancer.

Funding boost to spot warning signs of mental health problems

£10 million will be invested in local initiatives including suicide prevention programmes, counselling for bereaved relatives and mental health first aid training. This forms part of tailored projects set up to care for people in high-risk and vulnerable groups such as those who self-harm, middle-aged men and people with mental health illnesses.

Public Health England has also published information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Supporting children and young people’s mental health

We know coronavirus has led to increased anxiety, and research from Public Health England (PHE) shows that across the country over half of parents said the mental wellbeing of their children was their biggest worry.

This is why, with PHE, we have launched a renewed drive to encourage parents and carers to visit the Every Mind Matters website, designed to help parents and carers spot the signs that children may be struggling with their mental health and support them.

Get involved

Bake it or Fake it!

The Stroke Association is urging you to Bake it or Fake it as part of its annual fundraiser to support stroke survivors.

This year the charity is encouraging people to arrange virtual get-togethers to enjoy goodies they’ve made – and if they aren’t able to bake it, then to fake it with shop bought treats.

You can find healthy baking recipes on the #HealthierUK website.

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