Coronavirus Information

As the coronavirus situation is changing constantly in the UK, we are directing you to the main sources of the latest information and advice.

Our team is working from home as of 23 March but we are still here for you and replying to all emails and calls – please bear with us if it takes us a little longer to get back to you.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. If you have any of these symptoms you should stay at home and self isolate.

Northumberland Communities Together

Northumberland Communities Together has been launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will make sure people are safe and well throughout this crisis and provide coordination to support individual volunteers, voluntary groups and communities across our county.

Northumberland Comunities Together

Changes to primary care services – GPs, dentists, pharmacies and opticians

GP practices in Northumberland and nationwide have made changes to the way they operate, with more telephone consultations. Please call your surgery to find out the best way to access support from the practice.

Most pharmacies across Northumberland have made changes to their opening times, so we recommend you check with yours before making a visit. Opticians and dentists have postponed all routine appointments. If you need urgent care from these services please call them for help and instructions. You can find your local GP practice, pharmacist, dentist or optician at the NHS Service Finder.

NHS 111 – check if you have symptoms

You will be asked a few questions and told what to do next. To protect others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

NHS 111 symptom checker

Guidance on staying at home with symptoms

Read government advice on staying at home with Covid-19 symptoms, including easy-read and other languages.

Staying at home guidance

Useful Websites and Information

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.

Local and nationals organisations are offering advice and support on how to cope at this time.

Every Mind Matters

Young Minds

Healthwatch England Information

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced this guide to answer childrens’ questions about coronavirus, tell them how to stay safe and protect other people and help them ake the best of your their at home.

Children’s Guide to theCoronavirus

What is Shielding?

People that have been identified from their medical records as being at highest risk of severe illness resulting in hospitalisation if they catch coronavirus (Covid-19) have been contacted by the government to start ‘shielding’ themselves.

The letter strongly advises people to rigorously follow the guidance, which includes staying at home at all times for at least 12 weeks.

This Q&A, based on information provided by government, aims to help you get some of the answers you need.

Shielding Information

Safe Shopping

No reported cases of Covid-19 have been linked to contaminated food. The main risk to shoppers is coming into contact with an infected person. You are urged to wash your hands often, maintain good hygiene practices and minimise contact with people outside of your household. This guide will help you stay safe and protect others when shopping for essentials.

Safe Shopping Guide