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Coronavirus – Covid-19 information for patients and pregnant women and NEW GP/Patient online consultations

Daily updates: MONDAY 4th MAY 2020

We have update information for patients as part of our Privacy notice click this link to view:


We have had to suspend  the patient online appointment booking facility via your systmonline accounts – you can use the engage consult GP online consultations via the home page on this website instead.

Patients can use the ‘Engage Consult’ Facility for ROUTINE online consultations if required (see our website home screen)

Information about the Coronavirus  ‘Covid-19’

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill

It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information) full information can be found here:

If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period

If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible

If you have coronavirus symptoms: Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital

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Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home

Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household

Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home

Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. More information can be found on the NHS website here

If you are currently well:

IFor more information follow this link:

Information remains subject to regular change and updates. More information can be found on the NHS website here




Advice and information for pregnant women and their families

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has prepared information and a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for pregnant women and their families.

This information is available online:

As a pregnant woman the news that you were placed in a ‘vulnerable group’ by the Chief Medical Officer on Monday 16 March 2020 may have caused you concern. We would like to reiterate that the evidence we have so far is that pregnant women are still no more likely to contract the infection than the general population. What we do know is that pregnancy, in a small proportion of women, can alter how your body handles severe viral infections. This is something that midwives and obstetricians have known for many years and are used to dealing with.

What has driven the decisions made by officials is the need to restrict spread of illness because if the number of infections were to rise sharply, the number of severely infected women could rise and this could put the lives of pregnant women in the third trimester in danger.

Our general advice is that:


  • if you are infected with COVID-19 you are still most likely to have no symptoms or a mild illness from which you will make a full recovery.
  • if you develop more severe symptoms or your recovery is delayed, this may be a sign that you are developing a more significant chest infection that requires enhanced care. Our advice remains that if you feel your symptoms are worsening or if you are not getting better you should contact your maternity care team, NHS 111 or local alternative straight away for further information and advice.

Advice regarding social distancing and self-isolation

The UK Chief Medical Officer has decided that, given the limited information currently available about how COVID-19 could affect pregnancy, pregnant women should increase their social distancing to reduce the risk of infection.

Women above 28 weeks’ gestation should be particularly attentive to social distancing and minimising contact with others.

All pregnant women, regardless of gestation, should observe the national social distancing guidance:

Stay at home

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms

Social distancing guidance for all vulnerable people, including pregnant women.

Advice regarding your appointments or urgent visits to clinics and hospitals

If you are well at the moment and have had no complications in your previous pregnancies, the following practical advice may be helpful:

  • If you have a routine scan or visit due in the coming days, please contact your maternity unit for advice and to agree a plan. You may still need to attend for a visit but the appointment may change due to staffing requirements.
  • If you are between appointments, please wait to hear from your maternity team.
  • If you are attending more regularly in pregnancy, then your maternity team will be in touch with plans for further appointments, as required.

Whatever your personal situation please consider the following:

  • Maternity care is essential, and has been developed over many years with improving success to reduce complications in mothers and babies. The risks of not attending care include harm to you, your baby or both of you, even in the context of coronavirus. It is important that you continue to attend your scheduled routine care when you are well.
  • If you have any concerns, you will be able to contact your maternity team as usual but please note they may take longer than usual to get back to you.
  • If you have an urgent problem related to your pregnancy but not related to coronavirus, get in touch using the same emergency contact details you already have. Please do not contact this number unless you have an urgent problem.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus, contact your maternity service and they will arrange the right place and time to come for your visits. You should not attend a routine clinic.
  • There may be a need to reduce the number of antenatal visits you have. This will be communicated with you, and will be done as safely as possible, taking into account available evidence on the safe number of visits required. Do not reduce your number of visits without agreeing first with your maternity team.

At this time, it is particularly important that you help your maternity team take care of you. If you have had an appointment cancelled or delayed, and are not sure of your next contact with your maternity team, please let them know by using the contact numbers provided to you at booking.


Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust (MYHT)

Booking appointment:
From 23 March 2020, midwives will telephone women to arrange a suitable date and time to call for an initial “booking” appointment which will be a telephone consultation and will give general pregnancy advice, answer initial questions and discuss things like screening and place of birth. The midwife will then arrange a full booking appointment (usually an hour) where they will obtain full history and discusses decisions around screening. Midwives are then arranging a short 10 to15 minute face-to-face contact to do tests such as taking blood samples, BMI and blood pressure checks.

Visiting restrictions:
The following restrictions are now in place:

  • Antenatal clinic and appointments: women to attend appointments on their own
  • Ultrasound scans: women to attend appointments on their own
  • Antenatal ward: visitors not permitted on the Antenatal/Postnatal ward.  Partners are unable to stay overnight.
  • Delivery/labour ward and birth centres: one birth partner only can accompany women during labour and immediate postnatal period and they must be without COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Postnatal and Transitional Care Wards: no visiting.

Suspension of home births
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has suspended its home birth service with immediate effect. The suspension of the service is in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and is consistent with the guidelines published by the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


The Trust will continue to run a full maternity service at Pinderfields Hospital. Home birth team midwives will contact women directly to explain how they will continue to be supported during pregnancy and birth through the continuity of carer programme.


More information about the changes to Mid Yorkshire’s maternity services are available on its website:

If you are currently well:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with flu viruses. You can find more information about how to do this
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area or your contact with someone who has

For more information follow this link:

More information about the Coronavirus – Covid-19

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

You can find out more by visiting this government website: