Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

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People across Lincolnshire are being strongly urged to ‘get boosted’ before Christmas, in response to the exceptionally quick spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

The UK Health Security Agency last week confirmed a significant drop in protection against the Omicron variant from two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, compared to previous/other variants, and so the entire country is being encouraged to get a booster vaccination, to maximise protection against Omicron.

There are many ways to get your vaccination in Lincolnshire and the latest information can be found on the NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group website at

Read 'A guide for people with severe mental illness and their carers on what to expect from the COVID-19 vaccination programme' from Equally Well.

Keeping staff and patients safe

There are  no changes to the current COVID-secure arrangements in healthcare settings. This means all staff, patients and vistors must continue to follow guidelines, including wearing a face covering and complying with social distancing and hand hygiene.

The safety measures have helped not only protect staff, patients and visitors throughout the pandemic, but enabled Lincolnshire to continue providing vital services.

With rising COVID-19 infections in our local community it is essential that we continue to follow measures in place across the NHS:

  • Masks must be worn at all times by staff and visitors
  • Social distancing must be remained where possible
  • If staff have to isolate, services will be affected for you and your loved ones. 

The NHS in Lincolnshire and UK Health Security Agency 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. 

To read the most up to date national coronavirus information, visit the Government website by using this link.

Our services continue to be available, but how we deliver them may be adapted to protect both you and our staff. Appointments may be held virtually or over the phone. However, should you need to see someone in person our teams will do their best to accomodate your needs with suitable precautions in place.

Attending an appointment at one of our sites

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 Use this link to visit the website. 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 by using this link.

Visiting a patient in hospital

All visiting to our wards must be pre-arranged in advance and some wards may not able to offer visits on the premises at this time. Instead there will be a focus on using alternative outdoor and indoor spaces and appropriate patient leave to help facilitate visiting, as well as the continued use of technology such as video calling and messaging.

If you would like more detail on how to visit your loved ones on a specific ward please visit the our service specific pages or contact the ward directly to discuss.

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild.

Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

To protect others if you have symptoms, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home and book a test. Use the national NHS website to check your symptoms and find out what to do. Visit if you need further advice about symptoms or help booking a test you can also call 119. Lines are open 7am to 11pm

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.

Read the latest guidance on testing and self-isolating on the Government's website at or use this link.

Protecting yourself and others

There are still cases of COVID-19 in England and there is a risk you could catch or pass on the virus, even once you are fully vaccinated. This means it is important that you understand and consider the risks of catching or spreading COVID-19 in all situations.

While no situation is risk free, there are easy and effective actions you can take to protect yourself and others around you.

More information on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread can by found on the Government's website by using this link

NHS COVID-19 app to support NHS Test and Trace

The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free. It is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus. The faster you know, the quicker you can alert and protect your loved ones and community. The app has a number of tools to protect you, including contact tracing, local area alerts and venue check-in. It uses proven technology from Apple and Google, designed to protect every user’s privacy.

Download or read more about the app and how it protects your data and privacy by visiting by using this link


The NHS COVID Pass lets you share your coronavirus (COVID-19) status records or test COVID-19 status in a secure way.

It allows you to show others the details of your COVID-19 status:

  • when travelling abroad to some countries or territories
  • as a condition of entry at those venues or events that use the service in England

Read more about the COVID pass and how to get it on the Government's website by using this link

Your COVID Recovery

Your COVID Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19.

If you have had COVID-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your COVID Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for the family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Visit the website by using this link.

Useful links

NHS advice regarding coronavirus and symptoms

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

A guide for people with severe mental illness and their carers on what to expect from the COVID-19 vaccination programme from Equally Well

Five things you can do to protect yourself and your community

Public Health England advice videos - including British Sign Language versions

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

Victim Support - Advice for individuals on scammers and fraudsters

Victim Support - Advice for groups on scammers and fraudsters

COVID-19 and HIV - International Aids Society (IAS)

Useful links - Accessible formats:

Audio version of Coronavirus advice 

Hand wash poster - easy read 

Hand wash poster - large print

Easy read - Guide to coronavirus

Easy read - A guide to your COVID-19 vaccination 

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 - How to get a test

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

Guidance for children and young people:

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 

Guidance for parents

What to do if a child is unwell

Advice on which service to access if a child is unwell

COVID-19 guidance in different languages:

For more general information and updates, please visit 

Last updated 17/12/2021

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