COVID-19 hub



Rules and guidance

You are no longer legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. However, still stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people to help prevent the spread of the virus.

You do not have to take daily tests or are legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

People are no longer advised to work from home, face coverings are no longer mandatory in non-NHS indoor venues and organisations are able to choose whether to require NHS Covid Passes

Face masks, and hand sanitising products, are available at all main entrances to our sites. Minor visiting restrictions also remain in place. Please see our visiting sites and inpatient wards page for more information. Thank you for your co-operation and continued support of the NHS.

Please continue to seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).


Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Practice good hygiene

  • wash your hands more often than usual for 20 seconds each time, or use hand sanitiser gel
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
  • test if you have symptoms. 

Symptoms

The primary symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • high temperature (37.8 degrees or more)
  • loss or change of taste or smell
  • new continuous cough.

If you have any of the three symptoms above, order a lateral flow test

COVID-19 app

Anyone aged 16 or over who lives in England or Wales can use the NHS COVID-19 app. It is free to download on your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play

Your COVID recovery and long COVID

Evidence shows that a significant proportion of post COVID-19 patients are likely to have significant on-going health problems, notably breathing difficulties, tiredness and cough, reduced muscle function, reduced ability to undertake physical activity and psychological symptoms such as PTSD and reduced mood status.

Your Covid Recovery is a NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19 and support them to manage their recovery. It includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage on-going symptoms and health needs at home, and signposts to sources of support.

It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Find out more about our Post-COVID Syndrome (PCS) service which provides specialist support for people who have on-going symptoms of COVID-19 for 12 weeks or more, known as 'long-COVID'.

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