Links to official information
Last Updated: 22nd May
We have compiled a list of organisations that you can refer to for further information on the outbreak and how to protect yourself. Also links to organisations and resources relating to employment and benefits.
Please note that the advice may vary between the devolved nations. We'll be updating this section on a regular basis.
Where to get help and support as a clinically extremely vulnerable person: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to COVD19 you can register and say what support you need. You can register yourself of on behalf of someone else who is in need of extra support
NHS and Public Health England
- NHS 111 has an online coronavirus servicethat can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 (available in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales)
- Public Health England has a blog on the virus which they are updatingregularly https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
- Information on the management of patients with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions on corticosteroids. https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/secondary-care/other-resources/specialty-guides
- Guidance on Urgent and Emergency musculoskeletal conditions in children (under 16) requiring onward referral https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/04/C0289-specialty-guidance-emergency-and-urgent-msk-guidance-for-children.pdf
- The rheumatology guidance has been updated. https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/clinical-guide-rheumatology-patients-v2-08-april-2020.pdf
Information on benefits you may be able to claim during this pandemic https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-and-benefits
The Health Executive has set up a Freephone community helpline for connecting people who are shielding to more specialist or practical support; Freephone 0800 802 0020 (9am – 5pm) email email@example.com
A new COVID-19 NI app has been developed and includes a symptom checker and the latest advice for people living in Northern Ireland. You can download the app from Google Play and the Apple App Store. https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
Health Protection Scotland are updating their website with the latest news daily: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Public Health Wale sare updating their website with the latest news daily: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/
Support for extremely vulnerable people: http://gov.wales/get-coronavirus-support-extremely-vulnerable-person
Wales shielding guidance
Guidance on which groups should be shielding in Wales has been published https://nwis.nhs.wales/news/latest-news/identifying-vulnerable-patient-lists/ The criteria for rheumatology are different from the BSR guidance.
Benefits & Employment Links:
ACAS (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) is an independent public body that receives funding from the government & gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus
NHS Employers: https://www.nhsemployers.org/covid19/health-safety-and-wellbeing/supporting-our-most-vulnerable-people Information for key workers and their employers working with the NHS with a condition that may put them at higher risk of COVID19
Employment Government Advice:
Information on COVID 19 in other languages
Guidance states that individuals will be asked to self-isolate for 7 days from the onset of COVID-19 symptoms and any individuals in the household will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days from that moment as well. The published guidance has also been released in easy read format and several languages, including Welsh, Urdu, Polish, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Urdu, Portuguese and Punjabi.
The latest Coronavirus NHS guidance translated into 60 different languages.
Information for Children & Adolescents
- Scottish Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Network (SPARN) https://www.sparn.scot.nhs.uk/ &
- CCAA Children with Arthritis Guide to social distancing and shielding https://www.ccaa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Paed-RheumOphth-Risk-Stratification4Families-FINAL-02042020.pdf
- CCAA Children with Arthritis FAQs https://www.ccaa.org.uk/coronavirus-support-resources/
- Great Ormand Street Hospital https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information-children-young-people-and-families
British Society for Rheumatology (BSR): https://www.rheumatology.org.uk/news-policy/details/Covid19-Coronavirus-update-members
EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) https://www.eular.org/eular_guidance_for_patients_covid19_outbreak.cfm
World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
- European Medicine Agency: https://www.ema.europa.eu/en/news/ema-gives-advice-use-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatories-covid-19
- Homecare Services Information: https://www.clinicalhomecare.org
- Mental health and wellbeing support: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- Martin Lewis (money saving expert) information on help and rights https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights/
NHS Volunteer Responders/Royal Voluntary Service: If you, or someone you know, needs a hand collecting shopping or prescriptions, or just wants someone to talk to NHS Volunteers are here to help. Call 0808 196 3646 or visit nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk