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Lancashire Women: Guidance for you regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Lancashire Women are following UK Government and Public Health England advice regarding self-isolation for people with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection. For more information, please click here.

Following the Government update, our one to one support will continue to be offered where possible, via phone in the first instance. Our priority is now to work with each of you individually to agree what form of contact is most appropriate to suit your needs and circumstances.

We regrettably have made the decision to postpone ALL groups for now but will provide updates soon.We are working to ensure all of you remain supported in these times of uncertainty, with your wellbeing and safety at the forefront of our minds.

If you are in self-isolation or are concerned regarding coronavirus, and wish to continue to access our services, then please call us and we can arrange a telephone meeting for you or a suitable alternative.

We ask for all members of the public who use our service and staff members to follow the guidance below regarding travel, self-care and contact.

There is currently no government guidance on the use of public transport but we ask all those intending to travel to our centre’s to:

  • maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • stay at home if you have a cough or fever, even if you do not think that you have come into contact with anyone who has the virus

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • 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
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

If you are worried about symptoms, please contact NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

Coronavirus Symptoms

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection.

Key messages

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

  • this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are infectious.
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
  • sleep alone, if that is possible.
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
  • you do not need to contact NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.
  • For a medical emergency dial 999.

You can read more about the symptoms of coronavirus and how to avoid it on the NHS website.

You can also read guidance on how the UK is affected by coronavirus on GOV.UK. This guidance from the government is updated every day.