Coronavirus: latest information and advice
Situation in the UK
Two patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus.
Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals in the UK has not changed at this stage.
Information about the virus
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. Those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions.
Advice for travellers from Wuhan
If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days:
Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the city
If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.
Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with other flu viruses
This means remaining at home for 14 days after arriving from Wuhan and not going to work, school or public areas. Where possible, contact a friend, family member or delivery services to carry out errands on your behalf. You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it’s ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food.
You should not use public transport or taxis until 14 days after your return from Wuhan.
Where possible, contact a friend or family member to take your children to school.
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.
If you develop a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or difficulty breathing, you should continue to follow the advice above. Please do not leave your home until you been given advice by a clinician.
Diagnosis and analysis
Healthcare professionals who are contacted by a patient with symptoms following travel to Wuhan have been advised to submit samples to PHE for testing. Individuals should be treated in isolation
When a clinician suspects novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), they take samples from the nose, throat and deeper respiratory samples, package and send them safely to PHE Colindale. PHE can provide a laboratory result from this specific virus on the same working day.
PHE also has the capability to sequence the viral genome and compare this to published sequences from China, if a case occurs. This will provide valuable information on any mutations in the virus over time and allow an improved understanding of how it spreads.
Children's catch up Flu Clinic
Please note: Home-educated children can be seen at catch-up clinics
For all enquiries regarding school-age immunisation, please call
We are delighted to announce that Dr Matthew Boulter received the Best Doctor Award at the Sun's Who Cares Wins Health Awards 2019.
He was nominated by Alverton patient Sue Robinson in recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to the local community
Flu vaccination season is here!!!!
If you are over 65 years old or under 65 and eligible for a free Flu vaccination, please contact us on 01736 363741 to book an appointment.
We were honoured to welcome Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners to officially open St Clare Medical Centre on Monday 12 August 2019
We are Cornwall's first accredited Armed Forces Veteran friendly GP Practice
This is new national innovation from the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Please contact us for further details.
Dr(Lt Col) Boulter RAMC is our veterans lead.
Please note that we are no longer able to accept telephone requests. If you are unable to use any of the alternative methods below, please let us know.
Repeat Prescriptions can be requested in the following ways:
Send a written request (or use the tear off part of your previous prescription) by post.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, date of birth, address and the names of the medications you require.
Pop a written request into St Clare or Newlyn surgery.
Register for ‘The Waiting Room 2’ (an online service for ordering repeat prescriptions-see below).
The Waiting Room 2
This is our online GP service which allows you to access a range of services via your computer, mobile or tablet. Once you have signed up, you will be able to:
Book or cancel appointments online
Renew or order repeat prescriptions online
View parts of your GP record, including information about medication, allergies
You can still contact the practice by phone or in person, this is just another option, which some patients have found is more convenient and saves them time. More information including “how to” leaflets and videos of patients and why they are using GP online services are available at www.nhs.uk/gponlineservices
For more information, please contact reception or next time you visit the surgery. Please bring photo ID (eg. passport, driving licence) and proof of address (eg. Bank statement, Gas or Electricity bill). If you don’t have any of these, please talk to us and we will help you sign-up.