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:
- low self-esteem
- money worries
- relationship troubles
- 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.
Kent 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.
District council information
- Ashford Borough Council
- Canterbury City Council
- Dartford Borough Council
- Dover District Council
- Gravesham Borough Council
- Folkestone and Hythe District Council
- Maidstone Borough Council
- Sevenoaks District Council
- Swale Borough Council
- Thanet District Council
- Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
- Tunbridge Wells Borough Council