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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is going to have an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.

It may be difficult, but by following guidance on social distancing, or staying at home, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.


Testing information

You can find information about testing for COVID-19 and anti-body testing for both local people and staff here

New rules for some parts of the North West

Areas affected: 

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Pendle
  • Preston

Further government guidance: North West of England: local restrictions – what you can and cannot do.



There's a lot of information on this webpage, please use the links below for easier navigation:

  1. Useful links
  2. Information for members of the public
  3. Information and guidance for staff

1. Useful links

2. Information for members of the public

Visiting hospital and use of face coverings

Information on when to wear face coverings, how to make your own and on the safe disposal of face coverings and PPE used in social distancing

When wearing face coverings and items of personal protective equipment (PPE), if travelling on public transport, visiting hospital, or going into other enclosed spaces including shops and workplaces, you need to put these items on and take them off safely.

Before putting on face coverings and PPE you should wash your hands thoroughly using soap and water or hand sanitiser. You should avoid touching your face or adjusting face coverings once you have started wearing them.

You should also take great care when removing face coverings or PPE, making sure you do not touch the inside of your face covering.  If you are wearing PPE gloves it is advisably to remove these first before removing your face covering. For more information on when and how to wear face coverings and help in making your own face coverings please see the detailed guidance on face coverings.

It is also important to dispose of face coverings and PPE correctly. This guidance on the safe disposal of face covering and PPE will help you to dispose of these items in a safe way, whether at work or at home.

Information for people at the highest clinical risk

Cancer services

Attending hospital appointments



Infant feeding

In partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Infant Feeding Network we have published information for those feeding infants during COVID-19. 


This plan will help you think about yours and your baby’s needs in the postnatal period ahead of time.

Mental Health

We have created a webpage signposting to support and resources available for mental health. This page will be regularly updated.

Children and young people's mental health

Domestic abuse

Support for homeless people


In response to coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for the safety of our patients and providers, all face-to-face learning sessions are currently suspended.  

Dental health

Eye health

Community Hubs

Hubs have been set up in each district of Lancashire to help support the people who need it most during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The hubs are now available to those who are deemed vulnerable due to their age, health factors or through self-isolation. Known as 'locality hubs', they are being managed and operated by local authority staff who are engaging with community volunteer support.

A lot of people who need to self-isolate or who are otherwise vulnerable during the pandemic will have really strong arrangements in place with family, friends and local shops providing their essential support and reducing their isolation. The new community hubs help will not replace that. They will be safety nets for those without others to help them out or if those arrangements break down for whatever reason, including if the person helping them becomes unwell themselves. 

The hubs can also signpost residents to services such as preventing loneliness, mental health support and financial and debt advice. 

View Community Hub contact details here.


3. Information and guidance for staff and partners

Primary Care

Better Births (Maternity)

Personalised Care

Lancashire and South Cumbria Personalised Care Hub - resources to support people’s health and wellbeing and maximise self-management:

Mental Health

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Voluntary, community, faith and voluntary sector

Domestic abuse

What will happen when I visit A&E?
Thank you to our NHS staff - Dr Amanda Doyle

Latest news

Sep 16, 2020, 11:36 AM
Tests can only be booked on the national online booking portal or by calling 119 if you do not have access to the internet. You cannot book a test in any other way.
Aug 24, 2020, 1:47 PM
It is now mandatory that face masks and coverings are worn by people in most public spaces across England.
Aug 20, 2020, 2:09 PM
Parents, carers and guardians in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being encouraged not to delay seeking medical help for children or young people need it.
Aug 14, 2020, 9:00 AM
56-year-old Alison Ingleby recently had concerns about a change in colour of a large area of pigmentation on her chest. As all areas of the NHS across Lancashire and South Cumbria had quickly adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic, Alison’s GP was able to examine her through a video consultation and quickly referred her to a specialist for a biopsy.
Aug 12, 2020, 11:00 AM
As winter approaches and further coronavirus outbreaks are anticipated, the NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria have been allocated a share of new government funding to upgrade urgent and emergency care facilities. Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust will receive a total of £10.2m to improve facilities and services for local people.
Aug 6, 2020, 7:44 AM
During the coronavirus pandemic, partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria worked together to provide housing and healthcare support to around 1,500 homeless people. Colleagues from across housing, social care, health, other public sector and voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith sector organisations came together to safeguard rough sleepers and other vulnerable homeless people from COVID-19.
Aug 4, 2020, 11:07 AM
Health and care partners in Lancashire and South Cumbria have today launched the next phase of their suicide prevention campaign encouraging residents to keep talking throughout the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.
Jul 17, 2020, 2:44 PM
Health care leaders from across Lancashire and South Cumbria have come together to reassure patients it is safe for them to attend hospitals for operations and appointments.
Jul 17, 2020, 1:51 PM
Local councils, Lancashire Police, support agencies, the NHS and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have come together to create the #NoExcuseForAbuse campaign.
Jul 9, 2020, 2:30 PM
New government advice has been updated for people who are shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19). The government has this week relaxed some of the shielding measures to allow those who have been shielding to go out once a day and, if they live alone, to see one person from outside their household. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

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