Experts warn communities not to visit GP if showing coronavirus symptoms

East Harling doctors surgery in Norfolk. Public Health England have given guidance not to visit your

East Harling doctors surgery in Norfolk. Public Health England have given guidance not to visit your local GP if you have symptoms of the coronavirus. Photo: Google images - Credit: Google images

Medical experts have urged communities to “follow national guidance” and avoid doctors’ surgeries if they have coronavirus symptoms.

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As the number of deaths by coronvirus reaches six in the UK, the public are being reminded to follow guidance released by Public Health England and the NHS, in a bid to prevent the virus from spreading.

An NHS spokesman said: 'Members of the public should follow national guidance and call NHS 111 if they are concerned that they might have symptoms of coronavirus. They should not visit their local GP surgery, hospital or pharmacy.'

MORE: Coronavirus: Questions and answersThis comes after a Norfolk woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, visited East Harling Surgery on Tuesday March 3, where a man who had recently visited South East Asia had come in complaining of symptoms.

The 57-year-old cancer survivor, who has long-term health issues, said: 'It frightened me because I had cancer quite a long time ago and I have problems with my immune system.

Example of coronavirus notice on the door at Brundall Medical Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Example of coronavirus notice on the door at Brundall Medical Centre. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2020

'He could have easily tested positive and East Harling is a tiny village in Norfolk with loads of old and very vulnerable people. That's who it will kill first.'

MORE: Coronavirus: People warned to be braced for tighter measures and potential school closuresTo keep up to date with how coronavirus is affecting Norfolk, visit our Facebook group.


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