Links to official information

Last Updated: 11th June

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.

Useful links:

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

Northern Ireland

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 covid19@adviceni.net

https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/healthy-lives/mental-health

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

Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tailored-advice-for-those-who-live-with-specific-medical-conditions/

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

Wales

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 Employershttps://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.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance?wp-linkindex=2&utm_campaign=DHSC_Voluntary_Sector_Newsletter_updated_with_template&utm_content=dhsc-mail.co.uk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Department_of_Health_and_Social_Care

The latest Coronavirus NHS guidance translated into 60 different languages. 

doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information

Information for Children & Adolescents

Gov.uk

Rheumatology Organisations

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

The European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has published new provisional recommendations in response to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic. Click here to read it.

Global organisations:

World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

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