Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans.

Common signs of infection include a persistent cough and fever above 37.8 degrees with shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.

The Department of health are currently advising the following:

If you develop a persistent dry cough and/or fever >37.8 or loss of taste or smell, you must self isolate at home for 7 days.

You can check the Department of Health Website for the most up to date information.

How can The Wells Clinic help?

Telephone or video consultation:

You can book a telephone or video consultation with Dr Wells in order to get some advice about your symptoms.

Home visit:

It may be possible to book a home visit to your place of self isolation. You can enquire by calling 01737 742790 or emailing

Covid-19/ coronavirus 19 testing

We do the following types of coronavirus testing:

Covid antibody testing Ig G Abbott test which is done by a blood test and tells you if you have had the virus in the past (if you have had symptoms within 14 days or contact with known case of covid 19, this would be done at your home address- please do not come to the clinic). Public Health England are currently carrying out these tests for all health care workers. According to the producers of the test it has a sensitivity of 97.5% and a diagnostic specificity of 100%.  Results take 2-5 working days.


£120 (when done at clinic)

£325 when done by visiting your home (quotes for >5 mile radius can be given) which includes a doctor attending your home in full PPE and doing a full physical assessment of your condition as required.

To book an appointment call us on 01737 742790 or email us at