Health Advice & Updates

Stay up to date with the latest information and advice by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

The NHS 111 website has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

To the right of this page is a guide to working from home and a Health and Wellbeing reference Guide with tips and links to assistance put together with One Northern Devon https://onenortherndevon.co.uk/

The Government has also launched a free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, to provide rapid access to official, trustworthy and timely information and combat the spread of misinformation about COVID-19. Using the App will reduce pressure on NHS services and help people to stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Signing up is easy. Simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word 'hi' in a WhatsApp message to get started.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading and protect our NHS

Everyone should stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages - even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You should only leave your home:

  • to shop for basic essentials - only when you really need to

  • to do one form of exercise a day - such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with

  • for any medical need - for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person

  • to travel to and from work - but only where this is absolutely necessary

Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.


Further urgent dental care centres open in Devon

Two new centres for urgent dental treatment have opened in Devon to improve coverage and reduce journey times for patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

They are in Exeter (operating five days a week) and Barnstaple (operating three days a week). They're in addition to the existing centres at Plymouth and Torbay, which started work earlier this month.

To get access, people should phone their own dentist to be assessed. All NHS dental surgeries should be contactable, even while their doors are closed.

Out of usual surgery hours, people should call NHS111. The initial phone assessment will help the dentist decide whether someone needs to be seen immediately or within 24 hours, or can be booked in later for an appointment.

Residents of Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) without a dentist or who cannot get through to their usual surgery should call 03330 063300 or email accessdentalhelpline@nhs.net

For up to date guidance on social distancing see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others