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WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT?

This page was originally set up to support patients whilst surgeries stood down non-urgent work for the accelerated covid vaccine booster roll-out.

We have kept the page online as it provides a useful go to page for when you think you are seriously ill.

AM I SERIOUSLY ILL?

Please see the table below. If you think you are seriously ill, please contact us.

This list cannot possibly cover all the symptoms or features that might indicate serious illness. If you are worried that you are poorly, or have a symptom that you are not sure about, please contact us.

WHAT IF I THINK I HAVE CANCER?

Please visit our cancer symptoms page.

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER HEALTH NEEDS?

Please visit our get help summary page to be signposted to other sources of help.

PLEASE NOTE: You can print this page for offline reading or to pass to a friend or relative who does not have internet access.

ABOUT THIS PRINTOUT

This is the print version of the page at ivy.gs/poorly and is therefore limited in functionality. We encourage you to try and access this page online or ask a relative or friend to access the page on your behalf.

PLEASE START HERE

Please review this table. If you have mostly symptoms indicating you might be seriously ill, please contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: This page cannot list all possible symptoms that might indicate serious illness. If you are unsure or concerned that you might be or are becoming seriously ill, please contact us.

Less likely to be seriously ill

More likely to be seriously ill

Carrying out all or most normal activities, e.g., home life, work, going to school, sporting activity Stopped doing most things, e.g., chores, getting out of bed, going out
Responsive to talking / commands / gestures, playful, interested Unresponsive, uninterested, uncommunicative
Easily roused, awake, mobilising Difficult to rouse, drowsy, lethargic, floppy
Orientated (knows where one is), alert Disorientated, confused
Condition largely unchanged from normal General condition rapidly worsening
Had condition a long time (months/years) without change, stable Condition suddenly come on (hours / days / weeks), active worsening of existing long-term condition
Normal temperature, or mild temperature High temperature, or not coming down with paracetamol / ibuprofen
No chills, shakes, shivers Continual chills, shakes and shivers affecting entire body
No vomiting or sporadic vomiting Persistent vomiting
Drinking and peeing as normal Not drinking much and/or peeing much less than usual, or more than 6 hours since last pee
Eating as normal or slightly less than usual Not eating anything at all, even junk food
Breathing normally, or slightly faster than usual Rapid breathing, gasping or struggling for air, hunching shoulders to breathe, or sucking in skin under / between ribs or in notch in neck
No pain or pain levels up to 4 or 5 out of 10, can still sleep with pain and do most things Severe pain (7+ out of 10), pain scores approaching 9 or 10, pain stopping sleep
NB: 9/10 = excrutiatingly unbearable, can't speak, moaning, delirium
10/10 = unconscious, bedridden, passed out
  On the palliative care or end of life register
   

IS MY CHILD POORLY?

These might be helpful in determining if your child is poorly

If you have no internet access, please ask for a copy of our leaflet 'How can I tell if my child is poorly?' leaflet from our reception desk.

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