Coronavirus (COVID-19)

This page has information on the coronavirus outbreak and links to some of most important websites for keeping informed. Last updated 18 May 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 nhs.uk/coronavirus

The UK Government is providing daily updates on the coronavirus on its website. Visit their gov.uk/coronavirus for all the latest information. Please be aware that there has also been changes to the advice provided by Government which you can find out more about on the staying safe outside of your home webpage. For more information on testing and the number of cases in the UK, visit the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases webpage.

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

You should stay at home as much as possible. There's only a few reasons to leave the house:

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

    • - Exercising, 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. Try to avoid public transport, and think about using a face covering if you cannot maintain social distancing.

  • When doing these activities, make sure to continue social distancing by staying 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.

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.

Medicines information

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

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 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.

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

My Care Records

My Care Records are a way for health professionals to share information to help with the care of patients. Find out more about this and how it is being used to help patients with COVID-19 on our My Care Records page.

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