We have put together some useful links and information to assist Hampshire residents during the current pandemic. We will be adding to this in the coming weeks.
To keep you up to date, the UK Government has launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp.
If you have been identified as someone who is extremely vulnerable, and you develop a high temperature or a new, continuous cough you should seek clinical advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111. Do this as soon as you get symptoms.
If you are not classed as extremely vulnerable, you don’t need to tell the NHS you’re staying at home and you won’t be tested for coronavirus. However, you can use the 111 online coronavirus service to check your symptoms. You can use this service to sign-up to get daily check-ins by text, and to access support if you do not have friends and family who are able to help you whilst you are self-isolating.
You should also get in touch with the NHS if:
You should do this by calling 111 or using the NHS online coronavirus service. Do not go to your doctor’s surgery or to hospital.
It is also important that you stay at home and for at least 7 days if you have a new, continuous cough or high temperature, even if you're feeling OK.
Stay at home for at least 14 days if you live with other people and you or they develop a new, continuous cough or high temperature. Everyone in the household needs to stay at home for at least 14 days or until they develop symptoms, after which time they must stay at home for a further 7 days (even if this is longer than 14 days in total).
Hampshire County Council have launched a helpline for frail and vulnerable residents who are in urgent need of practical assistance.
Councils of Voluntary Services (CVS) may also be able to advise you about community groups and services in your area. They are also actively seeking volunteers.
You can also search for a local group on the national Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website.
Shopping / prescription collection:
Telephone befriending services:
Online chat forums:
Information to help you self-manage at home:
COPD/ Emphysema/ Bronchitis
Register for support if you have a medical condition that
makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.
Hampshire's Domestic Abuse Service is continuing to provide help to people experiencing domestic abuse via phone, email and online. The telephone helpline can be accessed on 03300 165 112 and will be staffed from 11.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday. A face to face support option is not available during this time but access to refuge, for those with urgent needs, will still be available 24/7. The Government issued guidance on domestic abuse on 29 March 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and domestic abuse. This contains links to national helplines and resources.Anyone in immediate danger is urged to call 999 and ask for the police, who are continuing to respond to emergency calls.
Hampshire Trading Standard have become aware of an increasing number of scams: via email, text, online and on people's doorstep. Please familiarise yourself with the advice from Hampshire Trading Standards Service team and the latest information on Coronavirus scams from Action Fraud.
Do not hand over money to anyone you do not know. You should only accept offers of help, which involve money or people entering your home, from people you know and trust or from a known voluntary sector community response team.
Asda and M&S have launched volunteer shopping cards. See information under 'Resources for older people and those who are self-isolating.
Citizens Advice (CitA) has launched advice on coronavirus scams, including a scam checker.
Please use trusted sources of information only. Full Fact, the independent fact-checking charity, has a fact check page on covid-19 with information on scams and fake news.
If you are considering volunteering, please see advice from the Government on how to help safely.
You can download audio books and e books FOR FREE from Hampshire libraries.
Project Gutenberg have created a free e-book library of 60,000 classic books.
National Theatre Live are offering free full-length plays every Thursday.
There are numerous free online events taking place - from concerts and comedy gigs to exercise and dance classes and even virtual pub nights where you can join in and chat. Use your search engine to find one which suits your interests or keep an eye on social media.
Finally, we like this resource page of boredom busting resources to keep you entertained and educated!
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