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.
View our guide for children, young people and families on understanding COVID-19.
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:
- 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
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has the following symptoms:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
Meeting people from outside your household
There are two ways you can see people you do not live with:
- meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people - you should do this while observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart
- single adult households - adults who live alone or with dependent children only - can form a 'support bubble' with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together in each others' homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart. If you or someone in your household or support bubble are showing coronavirus symptoms, everyone in the support bubble should stay home.
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.