Guidance & Information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Whilst the country continues to tackle the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, we have drawn together a series of resources to help you keep up to date, know what support is available and understand how you can help.

Our Information & Signposting Team remains here to support you with all health and social care enquiries in Essex. For support, please call 0300 500 1895; leave a message and we’ll reply as soon as possible. Alternatively, text 07712 395 398 or email info@healthwatchessex.org.uk. A full directory of services in Essex is available here, although many will be subject to restrictions as a result of Coronavirus.

National Updates & Information

  • Latest government information on Coronavirus – click here
  • Government Coronavirus WhatsApp Information Service – click here
  • NHS information on Coronavirus – click here
  • Q&A from Public Health England on Coronavirus – click here
  • Latest news from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – click here
  • The latest news about dental services – click here
  • News about educational settings and The Department of Education helpline – click here
  • Government advice for people with animals – click here

Local Health Information

  • Mid and South Essex Hospitals Coronavirus advice – click here
  • Mid and South Essex Hospitals information for pregnant women – click here
  • Colchester Hospital latest information – click here
  • Update on outpatient appointments at Basildon Hospital – click here
  • Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, outpatients advice – click here
  • Keeping in touch with relatives in hospital in East Suffolk and North East Essex Hospital Trust – click here

Local Council Information

  • Essex County Council updates on Coronavirus – click here
  • Braintree changes in services due to Coronavirus – click here
  • Colchester support for communities – click here
  • Basildon Council information during Coronavirus – click here
  • Latest updates from Brentwood Council – click here
  • Castle Point Coronavirus update – click here
  • Chelmsford Council Coronavirus response – click here
  • Epping Forest Coronavirus support – click here
  • Latest updates on Coronavirus from Harlow Council – click here
  • Maldon Council – latest updates and support – click here
  • Rochford Council Coronavirus information – click here
  • Information and advice for Tendring – click here
  • Uttlesford Council Coronavirus updates – click here

Accessible Resources

  • The latest information on Coronavirus provided in British Sign Language – click here
  • For an easy read guide to Coronavirus click here

Information for Parents & Carers

  • A fact sheet on Coronavirus for children is available here and a short animation here
  • Latest information from the government relating to young people’s mental health & wellbeing – click here
  • Essex Family Wellbeing COVID-19 Resource Hub can be found here

Support

  • Information about bereavement & grief – click here
  • How to keep active and well during the pandemic – click here
  • Food and medicine supplies for those without support in Essex – click here
  • Get Coronavirus support as an extremely clinically vulnerable person – click here
  • Find information about Coronavirus and your mental health here
  • Support for families looking after someone with dementia – click here
  • Advice for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic – click here

Information for Health Professionals & Organisations

  • Public Health England’s guidance about Coronavirus for health professionals and organisations – click here
  • Government guidelines on Infection and Prevention Control can be found here
  • A film about Personal Protective Equipment for hospital clinical staff – click here
  • A film about Personal Protective Equipment in health and social care settings – click here
  • Latest information for those working in social care environments – click here
  • Local psychological support for people working in health and social care in Essex – click here
  • A Facebook support group set up to connect care workers in North East Essex can be found here

Volunteer to Help

  • Support the Coronavirus response in Essex – click here
  • Become a volunteer NHS responder – click here
  • Volunteer to give blood – click here
  • Offer the help of your business – click here