Coronavirus – NHS Information & Advice

The NHS website has a wealth of advice on how to stay well and what to do if you become ill.

Advice for protecting the vulnerable

This Public Health England document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to manage the impact of shielding and social distancing.

Support

Getting help from an NHS Volunteer Responder – If you are currently not supported and need some help with shopping, a prescription collection or a friendly chat then the NHS Volunteer Responders are ready to help.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus: for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website; for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online; for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance. Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

NHS Coronavirus News

  • Test & Trace – A User’s Guide
    See also: How Test & Trace Works A Guide to Coronavirus Testing Guidance For Contacts Of People Who Test Positive Stay At Home Advice For Those with Possible Infections  Stay At Home Guidance – Households with …
  • Public Health England Easy Read Advice for the Vulnerable
    This Public Health England document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from COVID-19, and to manage the impact of shielding and …
  • COVID-19 Symptoms Update
    Symptoms The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following: a new continuous cough a high temperature a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia) For most …
  • The ‘best and easiest outpatient visit’ of my life
    This account, from the Macular Society, reminds us that it’s important to keep seeking medical attention as normal, despite any concerns we might have about Coronavirous. As many people remain frightened to attend their …
  • NHS Planning For Increasing “Routine” Hospital Treatments
    Health leaders have set out a series of measures to help local hospitals plan to increase routine operations and treatment, while keeping the necessary capacity and capability to treat future coronavirus patients. Over the coming …
  • NHS Planning Ahead For 2020-21 Flu Immunisation
    The NHS is planning ahead for the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21 1. It is more important than ever that we have effective plans in place for the 2020/21 flu season to protect those at risk, prevent ill-health and …
  • New Mental Health Helpline
    0800 183 0558 A 24 hour mental health helpline (0800 183 0558) has been launched for anyone with a GP in Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Leeds & Barnsley. The service will provide support, advice & signposting for people …
  • How to access NHS Services during the coronavirus pandemic
    We’ve published this advice regularly in the last few weeks, but it’s worth repeating that you should seek medical attention as “normal”, despite the current Coronavirus situation. Life-threatening …
  • Signed & Subtitled NHS is still here for you video
    The NHS is concerned that patients are delaying getting treatment for other illnesses due to coronavirus fears. These delays pose a long term risk to people’s health. The NHS’s message is that they are “still here for …
  • New NHS-approved text messaging service for children & families
    Healthy Futures Calderdale is introducing a new way for young people and families to get advice and support about any physical health or emotional wellbeing concerns. With more people using mobile phones in their daily lives, the …