Coronavirus

A huge effort is underway across the NHS in Kent and Medway to care for patients with Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and prepare for more cases. Our colleagues are pulling out all the stops and working in very difficult circumstances. 

To successfully manage the pandemic, NHS organisations across Kent and Medway will need to make many rapid, but necessary, decisions to implement temporary changes to services to best care for Covid-19 patients and, very importantly, to also make sure other patients who need urgent treatment do not suffer through delays in their care. Please bear with us as we make these changes.

If you need support with any mental health issues linked to the pandemic please get in touch with local services. There is lots of help available. The two council's websites have more information and links:

Immediate support 24/7

Kent and Medway residents can contact the Release the Pressure helpline. It's free, confidential and open any time by phone, text or online. Call 0800 107 0160 or text either Kent or Medway to 85258. A webchat service is available at www.mhm.org.uk/helpline-webchat 

They offer free expert advice from trained counsellors for every mental health concern, including:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • low self-esteem
  • money worries
  • relationship troubles
  • stress
  • suicidal thoughts.

 

Your Covid Recovery is a new NHS website designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19.

If you have had Covid-19, you may still have some physical symptoms, such as, breathlessness, a cough and a lack of energy. You may also have psychological symptoms, such as feeling scared or anxious, depressed, having trouble sleeping and struggling to remember or concentrate.

These symptoms, both physical and psychological, are common. Your Covid Recovery includes information from experts about how to manage them and look after your health and wellbeing. It also includes information on returning to work, and a helpful section for family, friends and carers of people who are recovering.

Kent TogetherKent Together helpline

A 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

You can contact the Kent Together helpline at: www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by phoning 03000 41 92 92.  

NHS volunteer responders

If you feel fit and well, you can join the national volunteer army of people who have signed up to help the NHS, patients and vulnerable people shielding themselves from the virus. Find out more and sign up at: www.goodsamapp.org/NHS 

On behalf of all the NHS in Kent and Medway a huge thank you to everyone who as already volunteered.

Please help protect the NHS by following all the guidance to reduce the spread of the virus.

Stay alert.
Control the virus.
Save lives.

Trusted sources of information on Covid-19

Online NHS111 symptom checker
www.111.nhs.uk/Covid-19

NHS health advice and information
www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Government advice and guidance
www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Local infection rates and alert levels
www.medway.gov.uk/coronavirus
www.kent.gov.uk/coronavirus

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