For the latest updates on coronavirus please go to the coronavirus page of NHS.UK.
To learn about the government response visit GOV.UK

The NHS is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.

Coronavirus Support Information and your Wellbeing - Catalyst, an organisation who offer support, guidance and activities to increase wellbeing for people affected by stress, anxiety and depression, are still open for phone calls and support - check out there website here.

What is Coronavirus

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China. The 2019 novel coronavirus has been spreading since it was first reported in December 2019.

Symptoms include fever and respiratory symptoms including coughing and shortness of breath. Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Current advice

The most up to date advice is available on the NHS Coronavirus website.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service if

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days   


Please only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

How to avoid catching or spreading germs 

There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.


  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

More information on protecting yourself and your community is available at: 

Five things you can do to protect yourself and your community

 Further information