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Stay safe this weekend when pubs and restaurants reopen on July 4th, urges local GP

Stay safe this weekend when pubs and restaurants reopen on July 4th, urges local GP

AN EAST Lancashire GP is urging people to take care and remember the Covid guidance this weekend when more facilities open to the public.

Dr David White, lead for urgent care across Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, praised the public for following the guidance and the level of support shown to the NHS in recent months.

He also urged caution if people were going out this weekend and asked everyone to remember that the risk of coronavirus hadn’t gone away and for some, the virus can be fatal.

He said: “Anyone can get the virus, anyone can spread it. The most important thing you can do is take precautions to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe.

“Keep your distance and limit contact from other people, wash or sanitise your hands regularly and wear a face covering if you need to use public transport.

“If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, or you’ve been contacted by NHS Test and Trace, please do not leave your house and risk spreading the virus.”

Dr White has recorded a video emphasising the messages and it can be view here – https://youtu.be/3AtS7mKYmI8

Please stay alert and follow the current guidance –

• Stick up to two metres social distance wherever possible
• Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
• Wear a cloth mask in all enclosed public spaces

Anyone who thinks they have coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature or a new, continuous cough – and would like advice, please use the dedicated NHS 111 coronavirus service online at https://www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19. You should only call NHS 111 if you think your symptoms need a clinician assessment or if you can’t get help online.

If people have a routine appointment booked with either your GP practice or another health service at either a hospital or health centre, they should speak to them before attending, to check if it is still going ahead.

There’s also a reminder that for any urgent medical help, you can visit www.111.nhs.uk, or call 111 24 hours a day.

When someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, people should call 999 immediately, just as they normally would.