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Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 06/04/2020

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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 nhs.uk/coronavirus

Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.

For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:

You should only leave your house for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

  • One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk or cycle - alone or with members of your household.

  • Any medical need, or to provide care of help to a vulnerable person.

  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household.