The NHS has been contacting patients with an underlying disease or health condition who are more likely to be admitted to hospital if they were to catch coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Solid organ transplant recipients
- People with specific cancers
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
- People who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired
The government have advised those who fall into these categories to stay at home at all times and to avoid all face-to-face contact for at least twelve weeks.
Is this you?
If this is you, please don’t worry. You will still get the medical care you need during this period. We are considering alternative options for managing your care and will be in touch if any changes are needed.
You may also find the following advice helpful.
1. Trust staff who come to your home
Where it is identified that you require face-to-face support, Trust staff may still visit you at your home. Our staff (and all visitors) should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, on arrival and often.
2. Planned Trust appointments
Where possible, and appropriate, we will be doing appointment remotely, either by telephone or video-conferencing, so you will still receive the care you need. Please contact your care team if you have any questions about a specific appointment.
3. Medicines that you routinely take
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 will have been ID checked) or deliver it to you.
You may also need to arrange for collection or delivery of specialist medication that we prescribe you. Please contact your care team to discuss this.
4. Support with daily living
Please discuss your daily needs with carers, family, friends, neighbours or local community groups to see how they can support you to stay at home. If you do not have anyone who can help you, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable.
5. Looking after your mental well-being
We understand that this may be a worrying time and you may find staying at home and having limited contact frustrating. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhelpful patterns of behaviour, which can make you feel worse. Simple things you can do to stay mentally and physically active during this time include:
- look for ideas for exercises to do at home on the NHS website
- spend time doing things you enjoy – reading, cooking and other indoor hobbies
- try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs
- try spending time with the windows open to let in fresh air, arranging space to sit and see a nice view (if possible) and get some natural sunlight. Get out into the garden or sit on your doorstep if you can, keeping a distance of at least 2 metres from others.
We also offer a range of free online courses to support your mental wellbeing on the Recovery College Online.