Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

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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. 

The Chief Medical Officer announced that the country has moved into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday 13 March 2020.

Please stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

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).

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

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.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call NHS 111 if you cannot get help online.

How long to self isolate if you have symptoms

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus and you live alone, you'll need to self isolate at home for 7 days
  • if you live with others and you or someone in your household has symptoms, you'll need to self isolate at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms.

Self isolation advice can be found here.

Once your isolation period is up, you should only be leaving the house for 1 of the 4 exceptions listed above

Protecting yourself and others

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

•  Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here

Patient visiting has been suspended

We have made the difficult decision to suspend all visiting to our wards across LPFT. This is for all inpatient mental health wards in Lincoln, Grantham and Boston.

There may be visits granted in exceptional circumstances, but these must be agreed in advance with the ward manager and by appointment only. We are working on ways for families to use video calling and messaging to talk to their friends and relatives, as soon as these arrangements are in place, we will ensure it is communicated but in the meantime friends and relatives are welcome to contact wards by phone if they have any questions.

We appreciate this may be frustrating for family and friends, and for patients themselves, but due to the scale and spread of the disease, this is what is required at this time. Staff on the wards will maintain contact with families by phone to discuss any changes to the patient’s condition and their care plans.

Useful links

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

Guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

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

Useful links - Accessible formats:

Audio version of Coronavirus advice 

Hand wash poster - easy read 

Hand wash poster - large print

Easy read guide to coronavirus 

Information about Coronavirus - easy read

Guidance for children and young people:

A list of guidance links for children and young people

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS)

Coronavirus information hub page for young people

COVID-19 guidance in different languages:

For more general information and updates please visit 

Last updated 31/03/2020

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