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Falklands receives extra pharmaceutical and equipment supplies from UK

Tuesday, March 31st 2020 - 07:56 UTC
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Routine GP and Dental appointments have been suspended. Those affected will be contacted by KEMH. Routine GP and Dental appointments have been suspended. Those affected will be contacted by KEMH.

With the arrival of extra supplies of pharmaceuticals and equipment on the UK/Falklands Airbridge last Friday evening, the hospital in Stanley, KEMH, has put into effect its well-developed plans for handling Covid 19 cases.

Patients requiring emergency treatment of any sort including respiratory, and cold like symptoms are asked to contact the hospital on 28000 and discuss their condition with a member of the clinical staff who will then advise.

If you have been asked by KEMH to self-isolate because you have cold/flu symptoms AND you have developed a fever (a high temperature), your whole household – all those living with you, must self-isolate for 14 days

Those in the community identified as vulnerable by KEMH staff have since last Wednesday been advised to be in isolation for up to 12 weeks.

Routine GP and Dental appointments have been suspended. Those affected will be contacted by KEMH.

The Pharmacy is able to take prescription requests. But please do NOT come to the Pharmacy solely for the purpose of ordering a prescription, nor if you have COVID-19 like symptoms.

Please see the latest advisory, on the FIG Facebook page, for full details of how the pharmacy is operating. Please either e-mail pharmacyoffice@kemh.gov.fk or call 28011 to leave a message on the answer phone.

Long-stay hospital residents are now being cared for at Liberty Lodge.

KEMH reiterates what to do if you feel unwell and are worried you might have COVID-19

If you have flu-like symptoms, phone the Hospital on 28000. Staff will provide advice. DO NOT come to KEMH directly.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are: a cough, a high temperature, sore throat, shortness of breath and aches and pains in muscles and joints

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.

Please remember the importance of good public health hygiene measures:

• Always cough and sneeze into a tissue and dispose of the tissue safely in a bin and wash your hands afterwards. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze and cough into the crook of your elbow.
• If you are unwell with any infectious illness, please act responsibly and stay away from people and crowds and isolate yourself as much as possible.
• Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and avoid sharing personal items.
• Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a disinfectant, especially after coughing and sneezing, and always before handling and consuming food and after using the toilet.

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