Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Information and advice – this page is being regularly updated

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For answers to questions that you may have about what you can and can’t do  please click here.

The government has published guidance on staying safe outside your home and guidance on social distancing rules. This page sets out key FAQs to help you prepare for these changes.


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.

(3) Advice about seeing a dentist or GP, and how to arrange the collection of prescriptions

(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

(7) COVID-19: Maternity and pregnancy advice and information

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:
  • 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

Numbers of cases in Brighton can be accessed here.  Information relating to confirmed cases in each local authority and NHS region and is  published by Public Health England (PHE).

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.

Sussex Community Foundation Trust

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust


(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 formatsChanges from 4th July

Shielding Guidance Update

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.

Going for a virus test 

YouTube – having a swab test, wearing a face mask, how the shops are different and explaining the new normal from SABNHS Trust

Government publications can be accessed here including information on being discharged from hospital

Public Health England information can be accessed here

Brighton and Hove Specialist Community Disability Service has compiled information on shopping and wellbeing for people with learning disabilities

PhotosymbolsEasy read Coronavirus posters

Mencap – A set of easy read Coronavirus resources

Learning Disability England – host A Coronavirus hub

Opening Doorswellbeing plans

Books Beyond Words

Easy Healtheasy 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.

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

Sign languageInformation produced by SignHealth is available here

To access the NHS 111 BSL online services click here

For people with aphasiaInformation produced by Speakeasy is available here


Different languagesClick here for information produced by Doctors of the World

Information has produced by Sussex Interpreting Services, including guidance published by Public Health England is available here


(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 

Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus

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

Additional information

If you have any additional questions do please get in touch by emailing or calling 01273 234040