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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

Apr 21, 2020, 3:09 PM
People in Lancashire and South Cumbria are being urged to contact their GP if they have any signs or symptoms of cancer.
Apr 15, 2020, 1:13 PM
As the UK responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, community pharmacies in Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, and Lancashire are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone’s medicines and healthcare needs will be met over the coming days and weeks.
Apr 14, 2020, 9:28 AM
We wanted to provide an update on the impact of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic on the Our Health Our Care (OHOC) change programme in central Lancashire.
Apr 10, 2020, 8:40 AM
Health leaders urge residents in Lancashire and South Cumbria to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives this Easter bank holiday. With the long weekend ahead, and the weather improving, residents are urged to follow the national guidance in a collective effort to protect the NHS and save lives.
Apr 9, 2020, 4:12 PM
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft has provided Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System with a number of Microsoft Teams licences free for six months.
Apr 8, 2020, 6:09 PM
Local NHS health services will be open on the Easter bank holidays to help support those who need urgent health advice or care. GP practices are normally closed on bank holidays, but this year all practices will be open as usual on the Easter bank holidays – Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April). Pharmacies will also continue to be open over the bank holidays – people should contact them directly to check on their exact opening times.
Apr 8, 2020, 10:03 AM
People in Lancashire and South Cumbria have been urged to attend vitally important cancer appointments if asked to by their GP.

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