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Support with COVID-19

If you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to our hospitals or clinics.

Instead, contact your service to inform them and rearrange your appointment.

You can find the latest COVID-19 information and guidelines from the NHS and Public Health England (PHE) websites.

Home visits from us

If you’re expecting a home visit from us, please contact us if you or anyone in your home are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Depending on your needs, we may be able to offer an alternative such as online consultations/Skype chats, or a call if you’re unable to attend an appointment.

You can find advice if you're looking after children or young people, from our CYPF website.

Visit our CYPF website (opens new browser tab)

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, along with Healthier Together, have put together this useful infographic around the symptoms of coronavirus and children:

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. 

This website helps you to understand what has happened, what you might expect as part of your recovery, and what you can do to help yourself recover and look after your wellbeing.

Visit the Your COVID Recovery (NHS) website) (opens new browser tab)

COVID-19: Supporting  your recovery 

This website from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has information to help you with your recovery after you’ve been discharged from hospital following COVID-19 treatment.

Visit the COVID-19: Supporting your recovery website (opens new browser tab) 

The website can also be used if you’ve remained at home during treatment and recovery.

The information is to be used as a guide only. It shouldn’t replace any individual advice you may have received on discharge from hospital. If you have any concerns about ongoing or worsening symptoms, please contact NHS 111.

Call NHS 111

This page was updated 12 January 2022

Regular testing can help us track the spread of COVID-19. 

There are different tests you can get to check if you have COVID-19:

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – these are mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
  • Rapid Lateral Flow (LF) Tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test

Both tests are free.

Visit the NHS website for more information about COVID-19 testing (opens new browser tab)

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

Get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms, even if mild:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result. Only leave your home to have a test. 

Regular tests if you do not have symptoms

Anyone can now get regular rapid lateral flow tests without having symptoms.

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus.

If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

Visit the NHS website to order your rapid COVID-19 test (opens new browser tab)

Other reasons to get tested

There are other situations when getting tested would be needed:

  • If you're self-isolating because you've been in close contact with someone who's tested positive
  • Getting ready to travel to or from another country
  • If you're taking part in surge testing
  • If you’re a care home resident or staff member