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On this page you will find information on the latest situation, and links to further advice and information we have produced . You can access specific information about symptoms and self isolating, and extra precautions being advised for those who are considered to be the most vulnerable (referred to as “shielding”). Additional links are also provided to useful resources, including information which is available in other formats such as sign language and easyread.
(A) Healthwatch updates, advice and information
You can access additional Healthwatch information as follows:
(1) An essential update on changes to local health and social care services during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please click here.
(2) How to request help for a vulnerable people (for yourself or someone else). Please click here.
(4) Advice about avoiding scams, and how to report these. Please click here
(5) We have also produced a list of commonly asked questions which you can find on our website.
(6) Tips and advice about keeping active indoors and looking after your mental health
Healthwatch England has produced information for you and your loved ones discuss your preferences for end of life care. This is especially important if you have been identified as high risk of severe illness if you catch Covid-19.
The World Health Organisation has produced a Myth Busting guide about the virus which you can read here.
(B) Brighton and Hove City Council
Updated information is being issued daily by Brighton & Hove Council.
Brighton & Hove City Council has also created a COVID-19 Community Advice and Support Hub.
Vulnerable people can get additional COVID-19 related support including emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection from the community advice and support hub.
- If you, or someone you know needs support to get essential supplies like food or medication and you
don’t have family, friends or a support/care worker to help you, go to: new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirushel
- If you have no way of getting online and no one to help you, call 01273 293117, and press option 2 (Monday to
Friday, 10am to 4.30pm)
- It is now possible for people refer themselves for help from an NHS volunteer. This website will provide you with further information if you are self-isolating and are in need of support.
Information is available in BSL. Areas covered include:
- Schools in the city
- Food poverty
- Services for homeless people and those who are rough sleeping
- How residents can help
- Council Tax help
- Support for business
- Support for vulnerable adults
- Cityclean (recycling and refuse collections)
- Events and venues
- Council committees
- Health advice
- And much more
(C) Numbers of cases and deaths
Daily updates on the number of cases can be found here
Up to date information being issued by the UK government can be accessed by clicking here.
(D) Our local hospitals
For up to date information on our local hospitals and Trusts please click the links below. Please note visitor restrictions are now in operation across all hospital sites.
Royal Sussex County Hospital – click here. A number of appointments are now being conducted online or over the phone, whilst others are being postponed.
(D) Below is further information about:
1. Accessing information about coronavirus (Covid-19) in different formats
2. How to sign up for email alerts about coronavirus
3. Information on symptoms, and self-isolating
4. Information for the most vulnerable
5. Useful links
(A) Information in other formats
Information in accessible formats is available as follows:
|Easy read formats||Changes from 4th July|
Face coverings This social story is to be read with, or by, people who are finding it difficult to understand what it might feel like to wear a face covering.
Public Health England information can be accessed here
Photosymbols – Easy read Coronavirus posters
Mencap – A set of easy read Coronavirus resources
Learning Disability England – host A Coronavirus hub
Opening Doors – wellbeing plans
Easy Health – easy read leaflets in one place
Down’s Syndrome Association – Support and information for individuals and families: Click here to visit our coronavirus hub
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation – are constantly developing new resources to support families Inc. Supporting Your Loved One at Home.
|Sign language||Information produced by SignHealth is available here|
To access the NHS 111 BSL online services click here
|For people with aphasia||Information produced by Speakeasy is available here|
|Different languages||Click here for information produced by Doctors of the World|
(2) If you would like to receive regular email alerts you can click here and sign up.
You can also sign up to the government’s WhatsApp service
(3) Symptoms, testing and self isolating
Stay at home if you have:
- 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)
- loss of smell or taste
- if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
- Read the advice about staying at home.
This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.
Test and Trace
The government launched the NHS Test and Trace service. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by the NHS and will be asked to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
(4) Advice for the most vulnerable
The government has issued advice for those who are considered to be at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition.
(E) Useful links
Clicking this link will take you to the government website where you will be able to access a range of information
- Protect yourself and others from coronavirus
- Testing for coronavirus
- Local lockdown
- Work and financial support
- Working safely
- Businesses and self-employed people
- School openings, education and childcare
- International travel and immigration
- Driving and transport in the UK
- Healthcare workers, carers and care settings
- Health and wellbeing
- Housing and accommodation
- Volunteering and offering help
- When someone dies
- See specific guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Community and charity advice and information produced by Community Works
- Information for deaf people or those hard of hearing (Sign Health)
- Looking after your mental health during an outbreak (WHO)
- Ageing Well services– including a directory specifically with supermarket opening times and dedicated shopping times for older people, carers, vulnerable people and NHS workers http://ageingwellbh.org/
- Support for people experiencing homelessness (Groundswell)
- Guidance for carers (Carers UK)
- Supporting yourself and your team’s wellbeing (Mind)
- Tips for managing a team remotely (The Hub Events)
- Your organisation: Information on sick leave, AGMs/board meetings, contingency planning, and financial implications (NCVO)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and HIV
- Story book to help explain Covid-19 to children and young people
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