The NHS in Bradford district and Craven and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases.
The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.
Stop coronavirus spreading
At midnight on 31 July 2020, the government announced new restrictions on some areas of Northern England – including Bradford – to help control the spread of coronavirus, prevent new infections and avoid a local lockdown. The measures have been introduced as rates of coronavirus have been rising in our area. You can read more about these restrictions, and what they mean for what you can and can’t do if you live in the Bradford Council area, on the government website here.
It is still important to stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading.
What this means for people in Bradford and district is that you must not:
- meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)
- visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
- meet or socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.
We’re asking everyone who lives in Bradford and district to follow the COVID code:
- keep your distance – keep at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you don’t live with
- face coverings – always wear a face covering when in a shop, on public transport and when you can’t follow the 2 metre rule
- hygiene is key – wash your hands with soap and warm water often
- no handshake, no hugs, hands off – avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- think of others – cough or sneeze into your elbow
- get tested – if you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss/change in your sense of taste or smell
- stay safe – do not meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble
- do not visit – someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the district
- stay indoors – isolate at home for 10 days if you have symptoms and 14 days if you live with someone who has symptoms
- no events – do not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues
- don’t spit – if you are infected, spitting will increase the chance of the virus and other germs spreading
- take care of yourself – GPs, hospitals and other services are #StillHereToHelp
The latest information about coronavirus is available on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus (opens in a new window).
What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service (opens in a new window). Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus. You can choose to take the test at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow or with a home test kit. You can find out more about how to get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus on the NHS UK website (opens in a new window).
You can find the latest information and up to date guidance about coronavirus on the nhs.uk website.
What to do if you need medical help
If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
The NHS, and other health, care and support services are still here to help if you need to see us about an urgent health concern. You can find out more about when to get in touch with your GP practice and how services are working at the moment in this news article.
For information about other services, visit the NHS UK website (opens in a new window).