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The NHS in Lincolnshire 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.
On Sunday 10 May, the Prime Minister announced the new key public message"stay alert, control the virus, save lives". This is the first step in the Government's plans to gradually 're-open' society. Future plans will be informed by the reproduction (R) rate of infection, which is the estimated average number of secondary infections produced by 1 infected person.
To read the most up to date coronavirus information and what you can or cannot do under the new instructions, visit the Government website here.
Everyone should stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
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 symptoms.
The reasons you may leave home include:
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
If you have an appointment with one of our services please contact the team to let them know you are unable to attend. They will discuss with you a suitable alternative arrangement.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.
If you need to use an NHS service, you should try to do it online from home first, unless:
Support for ordering repeat prescriptions, managing your wellbeing and existing conditions, and contactng your GP can be found on the NHS' Health at Home website here.
Self-isolation advice can be found here.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
• Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here
If you are coming to one of our sites for an appointment you are asked to wear a face covering for the duration of your time in our buildings. This is for your safety and the safety of other patients and staff.
Face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade, and advice on how to wear and make one can be found on the government website www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Face coverings worn as part of religious beliefs or cultural practice are also acceptable, providing they are not loose and cover the mouth and nose.
We understand that it may be difficult for some patients to wear a face covering and in these circumstances other measures will be considered on a case by case basis. Please call us if you have concerns and would like to discuss alternative arrangements.
Read more about wearing a face covering on our sites here
Following new guidance announced by the Government on Friday 5 June regarding visiting healthcare inpatient settings, the Trust is preparing sites for safe visiting arrangements. For the moment our current position suspending patient visiting remains. As this position changes we will update patients, carers and families further.
There may be visits granted in exceptional circumstances, but these must be agreed in advance with the ward manager and by appointment only. Read more about what alternatives are in place for contacting loved ones here.
NHS advice regarding coronavirus and symptoms
Latest information about the Government's response
Staying alert and safe (social distancing)
Frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do
Staying safe outside your home
Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection
Five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
Public Health England advice videos - including British Sign Language versions
Guidance for staying well while social distancing
Advice and support for carers during the coronavirus outbreak
steps2change talking therapies website - phone: 0303 123 4000
Mental Health Helpline - phone (open 24/7): 0800 001 4331
Community help and volunteering opportunities
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Victim Support - Advice for groups on scammers and fraudsters
Audio version of Coronavirus advice
Hand wash poster - easy read
Hand wash poster - large print
Easy read - Guide to coronavirus
Easy read - Guide to looking after your feelings and your body
Easy read - Getting NHS help when you need it during the coronavirus outbreak
Easy read - Updated rules from the Government
Easy read - Shielding advice poster
Easy read - How to get a test
Mencap - Information about coronavirus
Easy read - Important information about me (If you need to go into hospital please take this sheet with you, along with your hospital passport if you have one)
Easy read - What happens if I go in to hospital
Easy read - What to expect if someone I know goes into hospital
Easy read - Guide to the Care Act easements
Plain English - Getting NHS help when you need it during the coronavirus outbreak
Easy read - Mencap friendship flags activity
Easy read - LPFT boredom buster booklet
Easy read - The importance of friendships planner
COVID-19 general guidance for children and young people
COVID-19 general guidance for children and young people - North East Lincolnshire
A list of guidance links for children and young people
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS)
Coronavirus information hub page for young people
NHS Colouring Sheet
What to do if a child is unwell
Advice on which service to access if a child is unwell
For more general information and updates please visit www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk/covid19
Last updated 27/05/2020