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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.
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.
The government has announced new national restrictions in England from 5 November and you can find out more on the Government website here.
Our services will continue to be available during these new restrictions, 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.
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. 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.
Face coverings are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from 24 July. Exemptions to this include anyone under the age of 11, or those with disabilities, or hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions or autism.
You are not required to prove you are exempt and it is for you to choose how you want to communicate this to others. For those who would feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering, exemption cards are available to print or display on mobile phones. You can download the exemption cards on the Government website by using this link.
Full guidance on face coverings can be found on the Government website by using this link.
Following the change in national restrictions announced on 31 October we are currently reviewing our visiting policy. We are currently able to offer visiting for patients on our wards by appointment only.
All visiting must be pre-arranged with the ward 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.
Read more about what current visiting arrangements are here
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:
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
The new NHS COVID-19 app is now available to download for free as a vital part of the NHS Test and Trace service in England.
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 covid19.nhs.uk
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.
NHS advice regarding coronavirus and symptoms
Latest information about the Government's response
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
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
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
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
Easy read - What you can and cannot do from the 4th July
Easy read - Social distancing guidance July
Easy read - Wearing a face covering July
Easy read - Going to work safely July
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 3/11/2020