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If you think you might have Coronavirus

If you would like to check to see if you have the symptoms of Coronavirus, or to get an isolation note if you need time off work, visit the website NHS 111.

If you would like more information about Coronavirus and your health 

If you would like advice on information on how to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the likely symptoms and how to self-isolate, visit the website NHS England.

If you would like to know the latest Government guidance

For all the latest guidance on Coronavirus, for example, how to protect yourself and others, travel guidance, advice for businesses, employers and employees, school closures and childcare, visit the website Gov.uk.

Health promotion

Public Health England has produced an 'Active at Home' booklet that provides practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance. It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults will lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and need for care in the future. 

Cancer care

More information about what to do if you are worried you may have cancer or about how the coronavirus outbreak will affect cancer treatment, care and support is available on the Cancer Research UK website. If you are worried you might have cancer, you should still contact your GP and go for any tests you need.

Making end-of-life decisions

For information about advanced decision-making and living wills, visit the website Compassion in Dying.

You may also wish to read the ‘Your guide to decisions about CPR’ leaflet (opens document).

Every Mind Matters 

Public Health England has released expert advice on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the Coronavirus outbreak. It includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.

Gynaecological cancer and Coronavirus

We know that this is a particularly difficult time to be living with cancer such as gynaecological cancer, or experiencing any worrying symptoms. You might understandably be worried about how your care could be impacted as a result of the extra strain on the NHS. Advice on how to protect yourself against Coronavirus has been evolving. Information and advice is available from the Eve Appeal. Ask Eve can help with your worries or concerns - you can contact the nurse-led information service by emailing nurse@eveappeal.org.uk or phone 0808 802 0019.

Neonatal care

A guide for parents with babies in neonatal units: Taking care of yourself during COVID-19.

Shielding

Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically extremely vulnerable by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.

With Covid-19 being a new virus, we’re continuing to learn about its transmission. Having looked at other respiratory illnesses, and other countries, around 2.2 million clinically extremely vulnerable people in England with underlying severe health conditions needed to be protected from coronavirus and were advised to follow shielding guidance. These were people of all ages - with specific medical conditions identified by the NHS - who are at greater risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

The Government is relaxing advice to those shielding in two stages. From Monday 6 July, those shielding can spend time outdoors in a group of up to six people (including those outside of their household). Extra care should be taken to minimise contact with others by maintaining social distancing. This can be in a public outdoor space, or in a private garden or uncovered yard or terrace.  

All adults, including the clinically extremely vulnerable, who live alone or with dependent children only can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble can spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight.  

From Saturday 1 August, advice to those shielding will be further relaxed. The Government is writing out to everyone who has been advised to shield to inform them of the changes in guidance.

More information can be found in this explainer (opens document).

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The NHS App

Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the App to:

  • Get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it
  • Order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to
  • Book appointments - search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
  • Check your symptoms - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice or medical help near you
  • View your medical record - securely access your GP medical record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines
  • Register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
  • Find out how the NHS uses your data - choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning

If your GP surgery or hospital offers other services in the NHS App, you may be able to:

  • Message your GP surgery, doctor or health professional online
  • Consult a GP or health professional through an online form and get a reply
  • Access health services on behalf of someone you care for
  • View your hospital and other healthcare appointments
  • View useful links your doctor or health professional has shared with you

After you download the app, you will need to set up an NHS login and prove who you are. The app then securely connects to information from your GP surgery. If your device supports fingerprint detection or facial recognition, you can use it to log in to the NHS App each time, instead of using a password and security code. View this YouTube video guide to the NHS login process.