Key Messages from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership

The Government has announced that, from this week, groups of up to six people can meet outdoors, including in gardens provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed. As our residents begin to take advantage of this change, we would be grateful if you could share with your networks the latest guidance issued by the government on social distancing and staying safe outside. General materials that you can access from Public Health England (PHE) explain the new guidance. A login is not required to download COVID-19 materials from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre.

The Government also launched NHS Test and Trace at the weekend. The programme is now operating and:

  • offers a rapid test for the COVID-19 to anyone with symptoms
  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for the virus
  • provides targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents

As health and care organisations make plans to reset services for non-urgent care, the NHS remains available for the people who really need it. People should still call 999 in a serious or life-threatening emergency. If they are not sure what help they need, they can still use the NHS 111 online service or call 111 (free from any UK landline or mobile).

All 151 mid and south Essex GPs are now offering remote appointments via telephone or video call for their registered patients and 100 of the practices have introduced the DoctorLink online consultation system, with about 3,700 symptom assessments already carried out.

A series of YouTube videos can be shared to reassure people the NHS is here for them. Each video includes a British Sign Language interpreter.