Please see below for contact details and local updates during the Coronavirus pandemic.
In line with NHS guidance Barbara’s office is currently closed to the public. Barbara and her team are still working and you can contact us by filling in the online form here.
If you think you have Covid-19
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you have any of these symptoms, you must get a test as soon as possible. You must also stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
You can book a test here: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/condition
If you test positive for Covid-19
If you test positive for Covid-19, you must self-isolate for 10 days. This means not going out or having visitors for 10 days. If you feel better, you must still self-isolate for the full 10 days.
Everyone you live with must also self-isolate for 14 days. They should only get a test if they develop symptoms of Covid-19. Testing before you have symptoms may give an incorrect result.
You can find more information on what to do if you have Covid-19 here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
You will also be contacted by the Test and Trace service to ask about anyone you have been in close contact with in the days before you tested positive. It is a legal requirement to provide the details they ask for.
Local Restrictions in Salford
Due to high numbers of Covid-19 cases in the North West, Greater Manchester has been placed under additional restrictions. The Government have now announced three tiers of restrictions for different areas. Greater Manchester is currently in the Very High tier.
This means that you must:
- not meet with anyone you don’t live with – including outside
- follow social distancing rules, keeping 2m apart where possible
- work from home if you are able to do so
- wear a face mask when required to – a list of places you must wear a face mask can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
There are further restrictions which you can read about here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high
Businesses are also affected by these restrictions. This means that:
- Pubs which do not serve ‘substantial meals’ must close, and those that are open must only serve alcohol alongside main meals
- Businesses selling food or drink to consume on the premises must close by 10pm
- Businesses must take precautions to ensure they are Covid-safe, such as only offering table service in pubs
More information on these restrictions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know
You may also be contacted the Test and Trace service to let you know you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. If this happens, you must self-isolate for 14 days. You can find more information on what to do, including support available to you, here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
There are other things that everyone can do to stop coronavirus spreading. It is particularly important for people who:
- are 70 or over
- have a long-term condition
- are pregnant
- have a weakened immune system
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people
You should not:
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean