Health Advice

Supporting Your Health and that of Others

We are going through a challenging time that could impact on our physical and mental health. Ensure you look after yourselves and others. Below we highlight a range of useful resources to provide you with tools to manage your mental and physical health.

Businesses Urged to Prepare for NHS COVID-19 App

Ahead of the national launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England and Wales on Thursday 24 September, the Government is today urging businesses like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas to ensure they have NHS QR code posters visible on entry so customers who have downloaded the app can use their smartphones to easily check-in.

Read the full announcement here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/businesses-urged-to-prepare-for-nhs-covid-19-app

Create a QR Poster for Your Business.
Download the PDF guide Below

Find Useful Tips for Displaying Your QR Poster.
Download the PDF Guide Below

Coronavirus Testing

Coronavirus testing is available to anyone who displays the following symptoms:

  • high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • 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

View the government info portal for latest health updates

Find out how to book a test

The government has launched a portal so employers in England and Scotland can register and refer self-isolating staff or members of their household. In addition, essential workers in England and Scotland who are self-isolating can also now book their test online directly by visiting www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test 

Download step-by-step guide to using the employer referral portal.

If you need guidance and support, please contact DHSC at opshub@dhsc.gov.uk.

Employees who have been referred for a test can seek assistance from the Coronavirus
Testing Helpdesk on 0300 303 2713 for any technical issues related to their booking.

Find out more about getting tested and eligibility.

Resources for Businesses

The government have provided a number of communication materials to help businesses communicate this new service with their workforce. Download the materials using the links below:

Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers – Information Pack for Employers

FAQs for Employers of Essential Workers

FAQs for Essential Worker

NHS Advice

 For NHS advice on symptoms, self-isolating, shielding, testing and social distancing visit www.nhs.co.uk 
 

Test & Trace

  • NHS Test and Trace service to form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy
  • Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced
  • New guidance means those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive must isolate for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms, to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus

The new NHS Test and Trace service will launch Thursday 28 May across England, the government announced.

The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

Since 28th May, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

NHS Test and Trace brings together four tools to control the virus

  • Test: increasing availability and speed of testing will underpin NHS Test and Trace
  • Trace: when someone tests positive for coronavirus the NHS Test and Trace service will use dedicated contact tracing staff, online services and local public health experts to identify any close recent contacts they’ve had and alert those most at risk of having the virus who need to self-isolate. This will be complemented by the rollout of the NHS Covid-19 App in the coming weeks
  • Contain: A national Joint Biosecurity Centre will work with local authorities and public health teams in PHE, including local Directors of Public Health, to identify localised outbreaks and support effective local responses, including plans to quickly deploy testing facilities to particular locations. Local authorities have been supported by £300m of new funding to help local authorities develop their own local outbreak control plans
  • Enable: Government to learn more about the virus, including as the science develops, to explore how we could go further in easing infection control measure

Mental Health

The Mental Health & Productivity Pilot is bringing together a range of tools to support mental health in the workplace and at home across the Midlands. We are working with them to spread the message to business based in Coventry & Warwickshire.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) provides useful tips to managing your Mental Health:

  • Try to stay connected
  • Talk to your children and family members
  • Try to anticipate distress
  • Try not to make assumptions
  • Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media 

The MHF website provides an array of very useful resources on supporting yourself, colleagues, friends and family through these unprecedented times. These include: