COVID-19 (coronavirus) - useful links

Updated 11th July 2020

 
Thank you to everyone in our community for working together and protecting each other through maintaining physical distancing, good hand hygiene and staying at home as much as possible.  It has been hard but your commitment to this is appreciated.  Through our collective efforts we have reduced but not eliminated the coronavirus. We need to continue to  work together to stay safe in Frome as the lockdown is eased.
 
The government has updated it's advice about coronavirus, as follows: 

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • WASH HANDS – keep washing your hands regularly
  • COVER FACE – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • MAKE SPACE – stay at least 2 metres apart, or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

If you have coronavirus symptoms get a test now and do not leave home for at least 10 days after your test. Symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

CLICK HERE FOR CORONAVIRUS FAQ ON WHAT WE CAN NOW DO 

NHS CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS IN DIFFERENT FORMATS

ADVICE ON SELF ISOLATING FOR HOUSEHOLDS WITH POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS INFECTION

NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE

 
If you have symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 
 

Government and NHS guidance

Whilst we will endeavour to keep our COVID-19 (coronoavirus) pages up to date, there are a number of official sources of advice and information it is also useful to check: 
 

NHS coronavirus advice for everyone - general advice about coronavirus, relevant to everyone.

NHS 111 coronavirus service - if you have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature or a new continuous cough) do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. Instead use the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service.

Staying alert and safe (social distancing) - government guidance on social distancing 

Staying safe outside your home - this guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible.

Guidance on shielding and protecting extremely vulnerable people - guidance for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers.

NHS self isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms - NHS advice on self isolation if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus. 

 

Information about coronavirus in different formats 

We've added a range of information on coronavirus in different formats to the website. You can access information in different languages, easy read formats and using sign language for example.

You can view these on our page here. 

 

Handwashing

How to wash your hands properly - short video illustrating proper hand washing technique.

Advice to help you look after your hands - an increase in handwashing may lead to irritation of the skin. Find out what you can do about this here. 

 

Local advice and information

Somerset Coronavirus Support line - for information and advice on coronavirus that you can't find answers to online, including emotional and mental health support, please call 0300 790 6275, 7 days a week, 8am to 6pm

RUH Open As Usual During Pandemic - the RUH have shared this short video to explain they are open as usual, as well as to reassure patients about steps being taken at the hospital to protect patients from coronavirus

We Hear You - COVID-19 Crisis Support - WHY have developed a crisis support service (telephone) specifically for people affected by coronavirus - for individuals who have, or have recovered from, coronavirus, their close family, friends and loved ones, those who have been bereaved due to coronavirus, people with a life-threatening condition whose treatment has been disrupted or have been otherwise impacted by Covid-19. Click link for more information. 

Managing Coronavirus Symptoms at Home - the team at Dorothy House has put this video together to share advice on managing coronavirus symptoms at home. (Scroll to about 5:30 for presentation to start.) 

Health Connections Mendip Directory - information on support available to communities in Frome and surrounding villages as a result of coronavirus.

Frome Town Council Coronavirus FAQs - series of FAQs answered by the Town Council.

Advice and Support for Families - a useful list of advice, support and information for families, including tips on talking to your children about coronavirus and local services.

 

Mental health and wellbeing

Coronavirus: Wellbeing and Mental Health - A Guide To Looking After Yourself And Others - this booklet provides practical information about things you can do now to look after your mental health and wellbeing and how you can support others to do the same. 

We Hear You - COVID-19 Crisis Support - WHY have developed a crisis support service (telephone) specifically for people affected by coronavirus - for individuals who have, or have recovered from, coronavirus, their close family, friends and loved ones, those who have been bereaved due to coronavirus, people with a life-threatening condition whose treatment has been disrupted or have been otherwise impacted by Covid-19. Click link for more information. 

Somerset Coronavirus Support line - for information and advice on coronavirus that you can't find answers to online, including emotional and mental health support, please call 0300 790 6275, 7 days a week, 8am to 6pm

Mindline Somerset - the Mindline Somerset emotional support helpline is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 01823 276892 to speak to someone. 

Every Mind Matters - Coronavirus and Mental Health - expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Coronavirus and your wellbeing  - you might be finding the current situation difficult or stressful. Here are suggestions for things you can try that could help your wellbeing. 

Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak - tips to help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mental health and wellbeing  - support if you’re feeling anxious, stressed or depressed.

Five ways to wellbeing and staying at home - some ideas of things you can do – connect, take notice, be active, keep learning, give.

YoungMinds - supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing, with specific advice about managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus. 

Mind - mental health support, including specific advice around coronavirus. 

These graphics illustrate the impact that coronavirus is having on mental health: 

How coronavirus is affecting the mental health of adults in the UK

How coronavirus is affecting the mental health of young people in the BAME community 

How coronavirus is affecting the mental health of children and young people 

 

Information and advice for parents

What parents need to know about COVID-19 - it's really important to realise that not every illness your child has is due to COVID-19. All the 'normal' infections that can make children and babies really unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell. This link is a useful resource for parents / carers to decide if their child needs to be seen by someone. 

Childhood Immunisations - the childhood immunisation programme continues to run and it's as important as ever to bring your child in if they are due for their vaccinations. All steps are being take to make visits to the Practice as safe as possible. The video within this link explains more. 

Advice and Support for Families - a useful list of advice, support and information for families, including tips on talking to your children about coronavirus and local services.

Guidance on which NHS service to use when for parents - during the current situation, as the government is advising us to 'stay at home' it can be confusing to know what to do if your child is ill. This document aims to help you know which service to use when. 

Coronavirus factsheet for children - this NHS factsheet has been designed for children

Mendip School Nurses Facebook Page - the Mendip School Nurses use their Facebook page to share useful health related information and to post updates about local groups, events and clinics. This page is not just related to coronavirus. 

Frome Health Visitors Facebook Page - the Frome Health Visitor Team uses their Facebook page to share useful service and health related information. They also post updates on local groups and events. 

 

Health Information

RUH Open As Usual During Pandemic - the RUH have shared this short video to explain they are open as usual, as well as to reassure patients about steps being taken at the hospital to protect patients from coronavirus

Managing Coronavirus Symptoms at Home - the team at Dorothy House has put this video together to share advice on managing coronavirus symptoms at home. (Scroll to about 5:30 for presentation to start.) 

What parents need to know about COVID-19 - it's really important to realise that not every illness your child has is due to COVID-19. All the 'normal' infections that can make children and babies really unwell still remain and there is a major risk that parents may delay bringing their child to the attention of a healthcare professionals even if they are unwell. This link is a useful resource for parents / carers to decide if their child needs to be seen by someone. 

Childhood Immunisations - the childhood immunisation programme continues to run and it's as important as ever to bring your child in if they are due for their vaccinations. All steps are being take to make visits to the Practice as safe as possible. The video within this link explains more. 

Gynaelogical Cancer and Coronavirus - ‘Ask Eve’ – is a specialist gynaecological cancer information service offering advice and support for women and their families affected by gynaecological cancer. This is the link to their cancer and coronavirus information hub, ensuring people can access up to date and accurate information on gynaecological cancer pathways, from first investigation of symptoms through to follow up post treatment, as well as information on the national cervical screening programme.

 

Phsyical Activity At Home

10 today - just 10 minutes of physical activity a day can benefit your physical and mental health. 10 Today is a short, enjoyable and easy routine. Tune in daily or watch the videos at a time to suit you! 

Stay In, Work Out - tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home.

Be Active At Home - there's plenty of things you can do at home to be physically active. This link shares ideas for all ages and abilities. 

 

Domestic Violence 

Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Service (SIDAS) - if you or someone you know needs to talk to someone about domestic abuse or violence SIDAS can help.  Call them on 0800 69 49 999 between 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 1pm at the weekend or email youfirstsidas@theyoutrust.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline - website and 24 hour freephone number 0808 2000 247.

Safe Lives - support and information for people experiencing domestic abuse or supporting someone experiencing domestic abuse.