Advice and information

Information on coronavirus

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus.

Remember, the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to wash your hands with hot water and soap for 20 seconds.

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Coronavirus is affecting my mental health – what can I do?

The current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may cause you to feel worried, anxious, or scared. Here are seven steps to help you look after your wellbeing while staying informed.

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Your wellbeing during COVID-19

COVID-19 affects all of us, so our team have put together some practical information and advice for individuals and families during this period of isolation.

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What does shielding mean?

The Government is contacting around 1.5 million NHS patients by letter, with guidance and information on ‘shielding’. Here's some more information to help you understand what shielding means in practice.

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Symptoms and what to do

If you think that you have symptoms of coronavirus, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home. Visit the online NHS 111 coronavirus service to find out more. Remember, only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

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What's the difference between social distancing, self-isolation and shielding?

Self-isolation, social distancing and shielding have been introduced by the Government to help you and your loved ones stay safe from COVID-19. Find out what they mean in practice and what applies to you. Easy read versions available.

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Someone I love has died - where can I find support

Take a look at our advice article on the organisations and groups that can support you if you’re grieving.

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Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Read the Prime Minister’s address for the latest information.

Updated advice about the use of Ibuprofen and COVID-19

The Commission on Human Medicines’ Expert Working Group on COVID-19 concludes there is currently insufficient evidence to establish a link between the use of ibuprofen and susceptibility to contracting COVID-19 or the worsening of its symptoms.

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If you’re at risk of domestic abuse, remember the Silent Solution

The Silent Solution system – overseen by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) - enables a 999 mobile caller who is unable to make a noise or speak, to press 55 when prompted to inform police they are in a genuine emergency.

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Planning end of life care

Whilst this can be a difficult conversation, planning can help you express your wishes, helping your family and professionals make decisions about your care if you are unable to. Read more to find out why it's important to have these difficult conversations.

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