This page was last updated on 5 January 2020.
It was announced (4 January) that all parts of the UK will enter a national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, save lives and protect the NHS,
To find out what this means for services in Mid and South Essex and for advice and support, visit our coronavirus hub.
It is important to remember that as we enter national lockdown restrictions, essential healthcare is still available, including booked appointments at our COVID-19 GP vaccination clinics. If you need urgent health advice please call NHS 111. GP surgeries will also remain open during normal hours. Ring the surgery if you need to see the doctor or a nurse.
It is essential that everyone acts to stop the spread of the virus.
Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. These are the three most effective ways we can all control the spread of the virus.
Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, get a free test by calling 119 or book online.
Together, we will control the virus and stop the spread.
Don’t forget, Hands, Face, Space.
To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.
To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit keep yourself updated with trusted information see these websites:
The NHS has begun vaccinating people in mid and south Essex against coronavirus as part of the biggest immunisation programme in NHS history.
Please note, the NHS will contact people when it is their turn, please do not contact your GP practice for the vaccine.
Find out more about the local vaccination programme
Information to Parents and Young People
Visit our Understanding Covid-19 for children, young people and their families, for a wealth of information to help you have a better understanding of the coronavirus and what is being done to help children and young people stay safe and healthy.
Support for those in high-risk groups
If you have been identified as being in a high-risk group, and are shielding, you may be eligible to recieve support to help with food and essentials supplies.
For more information please contact the Essex Welfare Service by completing their online form. If you do not have online access please call 0300 303 9988.
Support with recovering from Covid-19
Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.
If you have had Covid-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.
These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering
Mental health support
It is natural to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. Every Mind Matters have compiled a list of simple things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and deal with anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
You can also find out more about local mental health support available by clicking on the links below:
Adults mental health support
Children and young adults people's mental health support
If you are experiencing domestic abuse then there is support for you. You are not alone. At home shouldn’t mean at risk and if this is you then isolation rules do not apply.
Police response and support services remain available. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 999.
For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.
For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:
The documents below have more information on what to do to ensure that you have your medication during the outbreak.
Links with further information:
• Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
• Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here