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Coronavirus Update Posted on 3 Mar 2020

 

Covid-19 Telephone numbers

 

Northern Ireland now has full access to the NHS 111 helpline service on coronavirus.

 

This NHS 111 advice line on coronavirus will replace the localised helpline number with immediate effect.

 

The service has been put in place by the Department of Health in consultation with the Public Health Agency.

 

Health Minister Robin Swann said: “I have been keen to enhance local helpline provision in light of the increased level of public queries about coronavirus.

 

“I had asked officials to explore the option of Northern Ireland having access to NHS 111 for this purpose. I am pleased that this has been achieved so quickly, and would like to thank the staff who have worked to bring this about in a short space of time.

 

“This means people in Northern Ireland will have access to the same level of advice as citizens in England.”

 

To obtain advice on coronavirus, all people here have to do now is dial 111

 

Patients with symptoms should stay at home

 

and contact their GP by telephone.

 

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

 

If you have any of these symptoms:

 

Cough - Fever - Difficulty breathing

 

Please contact your GP BY PHONE.  Do not attend the surgery. 

 

• If you are NOT registered with a GP in Northern Ireland, please contact your local Emergency Department by telephone.

 

• Please do NOT attend the surgery or hospital without phoning in advance.

 

• If it is a medical emergency, call 999 and inform the call handler if you have been traveling recently.

 

Contact the helpline on 111 and follow the advice below.

 

Stay indoors and avoid contact with others as much as possible for 14 days

 

Do not go to work, school or public areas

 

Avoid visitors in your home areas

 

Do not use public transport or taxis

 

 

 

Please follow the following links for continually updated information for the public about Coronavirus.

 

 

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

 

 Please click on the following link for a short video from the Public Health Agency about Coronavirus - https://vimeo.com/391491134

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