The coronavirus pandemic is having a massive impact on all of us. The NHS continues to be under huge pressure but we’re acutely aware that everyone – you, your family, your neighbours and your friends are struggling too.
We hope you will find information on this page useful at this difficult time.
There are other pages too which are particularly relevant to our 11-19 year-old, and to families with young children:
We want you to know that we are still here to look after you and support you as and when you need us.
Click here for information about how the practice is operating at the moment
If you are feeling unwell or are worried about your health – either because of new symptoms or because your usual health problems are getting worse, please contact us.
You can also contact NHS 111, day and night (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) by calling 111 or by going online to 111.nhs.uk.
In an emergency call 999 if you have:
- Signs of a heart attack – pain like a very tight band, heavy weight or squeezing in the centre of your chest.
- Signs of a stroke – face drooping on one side, can’t hold both arms up, difficulty speaking.
- Severe difficulty breathing – gasping, not being able to get words out, choking or lips turning blue.
- Heavy bleeding – that won’t stop.
- Severe injuries – or deep cuts after a serious accident
- Seizure (fit) – someone is shaking or jerking because of a fit, or is unconscious (can’t be woken up)
- Sudden, rapid swelling – of the eyes, lips, mouth, throat or tongue
You have the right to feel safe in your home
If anyone is making you feel unsafe or frightened, for example, by threatening you in your home or by stealing money from you, please tell someone such as:
- The Police
- Your local council
- Any professional involved with supporting you such as a social worker, support worker or your GP.
Trusted sites to get up to date information on COVID-19
At the moment, there is a lot of coverage from all media and although it is important to stay informed, consider taking a break if you feel things are getting on top of you. Sometimes feeling stressed or anxious can be related to seeing lots of media coverage and new stories about the impact of COVID-19. It is OK and normal to feel this way.
Only take advice from trusted government and health service websites. These have all the latest facts and figures to give consistent advice on how to prevent spreading, catching it and what to do if you think you have the Coronavirus.
- NHS (nhs.uk) website COVID-19 advice
- Government (gov.uk) websiteCOVID-19 advice
- AgeUK Information Guide on COVID-19
Help your emotional and physical well-being
Having to socially isolate and distance yourself from your friends and family members may make you feel stressed and anxious. It is very normal to feel worried and unsure about things.
We want you to look after yourself during these difficult times.
The following resources can help with your emotional and physical well-being.
Websites offering emotional well-being and support
- Domestic Violence & Abuse Support (Contact Refuge for your rights, options and support)
Call 0800 2000 247
- MIND (Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’
- Samaritans (Resources and help for all ages)
Call 116 123
Websites offering advice on keeping fit, physical well-being
- Free 30 day Yoga course
- Herts sports partnership (workout from home)
- SuperBetter (Builds personal resilience and boosts physical and emotional wellbeing)
- The Football Association (Staying fit at home)
- 21 best home exercises for men (workout from home)
Please keep safe and healthy