Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page has information on the coronavirus outbreak and links to some of most important websites for keeping informed. Last updated 06 April 2020.

The NHS in mid and south Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
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

The UK Government is providing daily updates on the coronavirus on its website. For more information and guidance, including the situation in the UK and actions taken in the UK and abroad, please click on the link below.

For information on routine outpatient appointments and in-patient visiting hours at our local hospitals please visit:

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

    • - Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

    • - One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

    • - Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

    • - Travelling to and from work, but only where it is impossible to work from home

  • Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

  • Remember to keep washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to catch any cough or sneeze with a tissue. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Medicines information

The below documents have more information on what to do to ensure that you have your medication during the outbreak.

Domestic violence

For adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse, the current advice to stay at home may cause specific concerns about what this may mean for your wellbeing. We have set out some information on support that is available which can be viewed here: Domestic violence support during COVID-19 restrictions

Further Information

Please click the link below for links to further information on coronavirus, including an easy read guide, advice for people with COPD or asthma, and information for carers.

Links to further information