Novel coronavirus info and updates

Latest information about coronavirus updated 27 March 2020

Weekly briefing

Our Public Involvement Team will be producing a weekly briefing, drawing together key information and advice relating to the Covid-19 crisis, together with useful information about local sources of support.

The briefing also asks for information about issues faced by our people and communities in accessing health and care services, in order that we can take action or escalate the problem.

This briefing is aimed at Patient Participation Group Leads, public members, voluntary and community sector leads and community groups, so they can cascade or share information as needed. It will be produced every Friday and all future editions will be published on our new website, launching on 1 April 2020.

Government information and advice

Information for health professionals

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

See separate advice about:

How to stop infection spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • 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 and wash your hands afterwards


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

Looking after your health and wellbeing

To help yourself stay well while you're at home:

  • stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media
  • try to keep yourself busy – you could try activities like cooking, reading, online learning and watching films
  • do light exercise at home, or outside once a day

For more advice, see: