Wuhan Novel Coronavirus

Advice for Patients

The virus originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China but cases have been confirmed in other parts of China and a handful abroad including Japan and the USA.

Public Health England has assessed the current risk to the UK as low and is working with the WHO and other international partners to keep the situation under constant review.

At this time of year, viral respiratory infections such as colds and influenza are very common in the community within the UK, and if patients develop viral symptoms they should manage these as they usually would. We will update this advice should the situation change significantly. The current risk to the UK population is low.

If patients have recently travelled to an affected area and develop symptoms of a respiratory illness within 14 days of the exposure, they should phone the practice or contact 111 who will advise them. They should phone ahead before attending any health services and mention their recent travel to an affected area. 

Published: Jan 24, 2020