Coronavirus update

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Information and advice – this page is being regularly updated

From 24 March, you must stay at home for at least 3 weeks

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Full government guidance is available here

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On this page you will find information on the latest situation.  We have provided 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.

We have also produced advice about avoiding scams, and how to report these. Please click here

Additional information is being issued by Brighton & Hove Council. This City briefing can be accessed here and contains important updates on areas such as:

  • Schools in the city
  • Food poverty
  • Services for homeless people and people who are rough sleeping
  • How residents can help
  • Council Tax help
  • Support for business
  • Cityclean
  • Events and venues
  • Council committees
  • Health advice

Number of cases

Daily updates on the number of cases can be found here

Numbers of cases in Brighton can be accessed here.  This information relates 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.

Local hospitals

For up to date information about the situation for our local hospitals and Trust please click the links below

Royal Sussex County Hospital – click here. At present all services remain open. The advice remains that you should still attend your appointments and scheduled treatment as planned. Some appointments are now being conducted online or over the phone.

Sussex Community Foundation Trust– information on restricted visiting

Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust– Please attend your appointment as normal unless you are contacted you to make alternative arrangements or if you, or someone you live with, have:

Below is further information about:

A. Accessing information about coronavirus (Covid-19) in different formats
B. How to sign up for email alerts about coronavirus
C. Information on symptoms, and self-isolating
D. Information for the most vulnerable
E. Useful links

We have also produced a list of commonly asked questions which you can find on our website.

(A) Information in other formats
Information in easy read format has been produced:

  • by the government and can be accessed by clicking here
  • by Public Health England (PHE) and can be accessed by clicking here (you may need to register first)
  • Brighton and Hove Specialist Community Disability Service has compiled some easy read information on shopping and wellbeing during the crisis, for people with learning disabilities

Information in sign language has been produced by SignHealth and is available by clicking here

Click here to access the NHS 111 BSL online service

Information produced by Speakeasy, a charity supporting people who have aphasia, can be accessed here

Information in different languages has been produced by Doctors of the World and is available here

Sussex Interpreting Services are also keeping updated links to the latest guidance and information on coronavirus and social distancing here

Public Health England Information on social distancing and protecting vulnerable people, and also guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection is available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, French, Gujurati, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.

(B) If you would like to receive regular email alerts you can click here and sign up

(C) Symptoms and self isolating

NHS guidance has been issued describing what to do even if you have mild symptoms. Importantly, you no longer need to call NHS 111, but should still avoid attending A&E or visiting your GP surgery.

How long to stay at home

Stay at home if you have either:

  • 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)
  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus, you’ll need to stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with someone who has symptoms, you’ll need to stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days. If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. Read the advice about staying at home.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

(D) 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. The NHS will write to you by 29 March with further advice.  Please click here for information about how to get support whilst you are self-isolating.

(E) Useful links

Government guidance

If you have any additional questions do please get in touch by emailing office@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk or calling 01273 234040