Information for children to help them understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading is available on the Campaign Resource Centre developed by the Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
The NHS Trust made an animation to go with the children’s guide.
A separate ‘We Transfer’ link to a video with music for download is also here. It will ask your permission before it signs you up to receive the video. You do not need to sign up to the We Transfer link to be able to see the animation developed by the NHS Trust.
A new GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has now been launched.
The purpose of this product is to combat the spread of misinformation. A WhatsApp Official Government channel as been set up to provide reliable public information to smart phones.
To use the free service, members of the public can add +44 7860 064422 to their contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.
Messages that the UK Government sends out will be received directly by anyone signing up.
Every Mind Matters has created a set of COVID 19 videos to help support your mental health whilst staying at home. There are long and short videos featuring Dr Hilary Jones and animated messages giving tips if you are worried about Coronavirus.
These are available to download on the Campaign Resource Centre.
This week, the Prime Minister will write to every UK household to urge them to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. The letter and a leaflet will outline the guidance everyone should follow, along with measures the government has put in place to fight coronavirus and to support businesses and workers. These will be sent to 30 million households across the UK by the Royal Mail, with both pieces inside the same envelope. The letters will be delivered between Thursday 2 April and Wednesday 8 April.
The letters will be available soon in the following languages/formats:
- Roma (for the Roma travelling community)
- Large print
- Easy read
- BSL (video)
- The Cabinet Office has published Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do. This includes answers to questions such as “can I drive to green spaces?” and “can I go to the park?”
As the UK responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, community pharmacies in Portsmouth are working hard to ensure that everyone gets the medicines they need, when they need them.
Please remember to check the opening times of your local pharmacy, as their hours may have recently changed. Please note, they may not be open at lunchtime. You can find your nearest pharmacy contact details here: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy
The government is helping pharmacies to deliver prescriptions. Prescriptions will continue to cover the same length of time as usual. If you do not currently have your prescriptions collected or delivered, you can arrange this by:
- Asking someone who can pick up your prescription from the local pharmacy, (this is the best option, if possible);
- Contacting your pharmacy to ask them to help you find a volunteer who can deliver it to you (volunteers will have been ID checked)
- Asking the pharmacy if they can deliver it to you.
Here is a letter from the National Cancer team providing Advice on maintaining cancer treatment during the COVID-19 response here. The key section is copied below:
- Essential and urgent cancer treatments must continue. Cancer specialists should discuss with their patients whether it is more risky for them to undergo or to delay treatment at this time.
- Where referrals or treatment plans depart from normal practice, safety-netting must be in place so that patients can be followed up.
- Urgent consideration should be given to consolidating cancer surgery in a COVID-free hub, with centralised triage to prioritise patients based on clinical need.
If you have any questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org including COVID-19 QUERY in the subject line.