The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is having 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.
To stop the spread of the virus remember Hands. Face. Space: wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when social distancing is not possible and try to keep your distance from those not in your household.
There's a lot of information on this webpage, please use the links below for easier navigation:
1. Information for members of the public
Visiting hospitals and use of face coverings
- Updated information on visiting and face coverings for hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria
- Face masks and coverings are now mandatory in most public spaces in England
Information for people at the highest clinical risk
- NHS England have published background information and FAQs for people at the highest clinical risk from COVID-19 (opens in new window)The Government advice to shield has ended, but clinically extremely vulnerable people must still follow the rules that apply to everyone in England on what they can and cannot do and on staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Keep well this winter
- Cervical screening
Attending hospital appointments
In partnership with the Lancashire and South Cumbria Infant Feeding Network we have published information for those feeding infants during COVID-19.
- Advice and guidance for those who are formula feeding
This plan will help you think about yours and your baby’s needs in the postnatal period ahead of time.
- Postnatal stay at home plan
- Looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 crisis if you are pregnant or a new parent
We have created a webpage signposting to support and resources available for mental health. This page will be regularly updated.
- Mental health support services available in Lancashire and South Cumbria
- Health organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria have worked together to develop this interactive map of mental health services
- Orange Button Community Scheme
- Suicide prevention campaign expanded
- Been struggling during COVID-19? Rebranded mental health service is available to all
Children and young people's mental health
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.
- Diabetes prevention continues thanks to remote meetings
- Your Diabetes, Your Way: here you’ll find all the help you need to learn about and manage your diabetes.
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.
3. Information and guidance for staff and partners
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Resilience Hub is here to help you find what you need, whether you’ve been struggling to get by or you just feel you’ve been feeling under the weather.
The PPE portal can be used by social care and primary care providers to get critical coronavirus (COVID-19) personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Guidance on the use of face masks and coverings in general practice settings to prevent COVID-19 transmission
Lancashire and South Cumbria Personalised Care Hub - resources to support people’s health and wellbeing and maximise self-management:
Coronavirus saliva test for staff
Asymptomatic Staff Testing – lateral flow devices
Andy Knox Stay Well This Winter
Andy Curran - NHS services still open and importance of following guidance
Kevin McGee - increasing demand on hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria