This page has information on the coronavirus outbreak and links to some of most important websites for keeping informed. Last updated 01 February 2021.
It was announced (4 January) that all parts of the UK will enter a national lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, save lives and protect the NHS,
It is improtant to remember that ss we enter national lockdown restrictions, essential healthcare is still available, including booked appointments at our COVID-19 GP vaccination clinics. If you need urgent health advice please call NHS 111. GP surgeries will also remain open during normal hours. Ring the surgery if you need to see the doctor or a nurse.
It is essential that everyone acts to stop the spread of the virus.
Wash your hands, cover your face, make space. These are the three most effective ways we can all control the spread of the virus.
Remember if you have any coronavirus symptoms; high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell, get a free test by calling 119 or book online.
Together, we will control the virus and stop the spread.
Don’t forget, Hands, Face, Space.
To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.
The UK Government is providing daily updates on the coronavirus on its website. Visit their gov.uk/coronavirus webpage for all the latest information. For more information on testing and the number of cases in the UK, visit the coronavirus cases in the UK webpage.
Information for parents and young people
We've launched a page on coronavirus packed full of information for parents, young people and children. It contains links to useful resources on a range of topics from explaining coronavirus to children, mental and emotional wellbeing during the outbreak and a host of resources on staying on top of education. Find out more on the Understanding Covid-19 for children, young people and their families webpage.
Coronavirus vaccine information
Local vaccination services run by family doctors and their teams are now offering the vaccine in Thurrock. Vaccinations are also taking place at Basildon Hospital.
You will be contacted and invited for your vaccination when it is your turn. We would urge you not to contact the local NHS enquiring about vaccination, they will contact you. This is a phased vaccination programme which will expand over the coming months.
Those attending an appointment receive two doses of the Pfizer vaccine by injection into their upper arm, at least 21 days apart. For further information about the vaccine visit the NHS website.
Further information about the local COVID vaccination programme is available on Essex Coronavirus Vaccine website.
Easy Read information
Mencap has provided an easy read guide on the vaccine and the vaccination programme. For more information click the link below:
Support with recovering from Covid-19
Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.
If you have had Covid-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.
These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.
For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:
Support for those in high-risk groups
If you have been identified as being in a high-risk group, and are shielding, you may be eligible to recieve support to help with food and essentials supplies.
For more information please visit the Thurrock Council website.
The below documents have more information on what to do to ensure that you have your medication during the outbreak.
- Patient information - how to help your pharmacy
- Frequently asked questions - ordering medicines when self isolating
- Frequently asked questions - inhalers and Coronavirus
Mental Health Support
It is natural to feel anxious during times of uncertainty. Every Mind Matters have compiled a list of simple things you can do to maintain your mental wellbeing and deal with anxiety about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
You can also find out more about local mental health support avaliable by visiting the mental health support section of our website.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse then there is support for you. You are not alone. At home shouldn’t mean at risk and if this is you then isolation rules do not apply.
Police response and support services remain available. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 999.
For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.