Coronavirus information

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus.

Advice for visiting our services

We know this is a worrying time for everyone.

The safety and wellbeing of people we support, our staff and volunteers, is of utmost importance to us as always.

Read the current advice about visiting our services

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A new continuous cough: this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
  • A high temperature: this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
  • Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste: this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For most people, coronavirus will be a mild illness.

What should I do if I have coronavirus symptoms?

  • If you start experiencing any of the symptoms: stay at home and do not leave your house for seven days.
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms: stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person in the home started having symptoms.
  • Please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

For more information use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Official advice about coronavirus