Updated: 20 May 2020
The NHS in mid Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
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:
For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has the following symptoms:
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
The documents below have more information on what to do to ensure that you have your medication during the outbreak.
- Patient information - how to help your pharmacy
- Frequently asked questions - ordering medicines when self isolating
- Frequently asked questions - Inhalers and Coronavirus
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.
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:
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.
Links with further information:
• National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/information.aspx
• Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
• Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
• Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
• Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
• 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
• Amaze - information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
• Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here
• Inclusive Communication Essex (ICE) have produced Easy Read advice on Coronavirus: https://www.essexice.co.uk/advice-about-coronavirus/