PEOPLE in Craven with symptoms of coronavirus are being urged to book a test online and not turn up at hospital accident and emergency departments or their GP surgeries.

Dr James Thomas, a GP at Fisher Medical Practice, Skipton, and chairman of the NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “GP practices do not test people for coronavirus. If you do have symptoms, do not come to your GP practice in person, you will be putting others at risk, please stay at home. If your symptoms get worse, you can contact NHS 111 online – – or call 111 if you do not have access to the internet.

“We realise that this might be a frustrating time for people who have symptoms and are trying to do the right thing, which is to get tested, and help stop the spread of coronavirus.”

He added: “There is high demand for tests, so we’re asking people to only book a test if you have symptoms. By doing this, we can help make sure that testing is available for the people who need it the most. If you are unsure, visit the NHS website, or use NHS 111 online – to check your symptoms before you book.

“I would also like to say thank you to people across Bradford district and Craven who are continuing to do all they can to help stop the spread of coronavirus.”

People with symptoms should call 119, or book online for a coronavirus test, if they have symptoms of the virus.

Symptoms of coronavirus include; a new persistent cough, a high fever or loss of smell or taste. Those with symptoms should self-isolate tor ten days, there is no need to wait for the results of a test first.

Dr Thomas added: “To stop the spread of the virus remember to wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from people you don’t live with.”