If you do start to experience any symptoms, no matter how mild, please contact the Clinical Helpline by calling 01481 756938 or 01481 756969. This helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The symptoms that you should be aware of are:
- Headache, sore throat and a runny nose*
- Tiredness, new and severe fatigue (recent onset)
- Aches and pains, new muscle ache for no obvious reason (recent onset)
- Headache (sinus pain, pain around eyes)
- Conjunctivitis (itchy, watery, painful or pink eye(s)
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Fever (high temperature, rigors, chills, can’t get warm)
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Dry cough (Continuous new cough)
- Children and Over 80s – loose stool, mild fever, not themselves with a cough presenting later
- A rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes (seek urgent medical advice)
- Chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightness (phone the emergency services on 999)
- Loss of speech or movement (phone the emergency services on 999)
*Some younger people with the Delta Variant are presenting with headache, sore throat and a runny nose, so symptoms similar to the symptoms of a bad cold. Parents/carers are asked to be vigilant for these symptoms and request a COVID-19 test however mild the symptoms are. A runny nose associated with known allergies such as hay-fever, animal/pet hair or other irritants, which responds to antihistamines or other prescribed medication do not require referral for a COVID-19 test.
If you feel very unwell, phone 999 and tell the operator of your symptoms. Please do not visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the hospital unannounced.