Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Stay at home
- 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
You must not spend time with anyone outside of your household. Unfortunately, this includes any family or friends you don’t live with. Instead, you can phone, message, or video call online. Keeping in contact in this way is really important for your mental health.
Latest coronavirus guidance on social distancing and vulnerable people, which has been translated into various languages.
Bedfordshire Community Health Services
Bedfordshire Community Health Services have created a new website page for their Bedfordshire Services, and all the latest information regarding these services, during this outbreak, click on this link.
Bedfordshire Community Health Services have a centralised single point of access number for all Bedfordshire children’s services: 0300 555 0606.
The only exceptions to this are:
- Community nursing and continuing care services: 01234 310103
- Nutrition and dietetics service (for children and adults): 01582 707400
- Parentline, our confidential text message service connecting parents and health visitors, will continue to be available to text on 07507 331456
- ChatHealth, the confidential text messaging service for 11-19 year olds will continue to be available to text on 07507 331450
- Acquired Brain Injury Service: 01582 709037
- Neuro rehabilitation and early supported discharge stroke service: 01582 707651
Professional bodies’ response to government coronavirus advice for pregnant women to reduce social contact
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health reiterate that there is currently no new evidence to suggest that pregnant women are at greater risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) than other healthy individuals.
This has been produced by Easy-Read-Online Limited based on “Advice on the coronavirus for places of education‘ from Public Health England.
How are charities and other organisations helping to deal with covid-19?
- Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service is still offering support, including CBT and counselling via Webex or telephone as usual. Anyone can self-refer via the website: www.bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk
- Circle Integrated Care communication concerning running of services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Samaritans volunteers can continue going into branches. We know that social isolation will impact many people and our volunteers will now be able to continue to respond to the anticipated extra demand. Our free call number is 116 123. We are open 24 hrs. Email service also available (although response times maybe longer, but we do our best to reply within 24 hours) email@example.com
- Carers in Bedfordshire suspend all groups and events so that they can put additional resource into their telephone support service.
- Independent Age local volunteers stepping up to support their older neighbours across the UK.
- Mind BLMK has announced its plans to adapt their current range of support for people and organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes during this current climate.
- Diabetes UK has provided an updated information page for people living with diabetes.
- Asthma UK has released a blog post with advice for people with asthma.
- The British Heart Foundation has published guidance for people with health problems.
- The National Eczema Society has offered advice on handwashing techniquesfor people with eczema and other skin conditions.
- SignHealth has created British Sign Language (BSL) videos to help deaf BSL users either working in charities or receiving support.
- Carers UK has produced recommendations for carers.
- Housing Justice has issued specialised advice to homeless shelters. Glass Door is emphasising the importance of handwashing and has boosted their stock of hand gels kept in their vans that move between shelters. Pathway and Crisis have called on the government for guidance on how best to protect homeless people against coronavirus.
- Full Fact has generated a fact check page on covid-19 to help dispel any false information.
- The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Primary Immunodeficiency UK and the Mental Health Foundation have all issued advice and support.