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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.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
A list of guidance links for children and young people
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS)
Coronavirus information hub page for young people
For more general information and updates please visit www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk/covid19
Last updated 31/03/2020