Looking after yourself and others
Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.
Help reduce the spread of Covid-19 and protect the people and places you love by following the latest restrictions visit National Lockdown Government Guidance
You must stay at home which is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives. You must not leave your home unless necessary as outlined in the national guidance. We must also continue to;
- Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
- Wear a face covering in enclosed environments
- Maintain space, including social distancing with those outside your household or bubble
- Minimise the number of people you see/meet, and where possible the duration of contact
- Get a test immediately if you have any symptoms and share contacts to enable effective tracing
- Make sure that any indoor space has good ventilation (for example by opening windows so that fresh air can enter)
- Self isolate if you or another household member has symptoms or has tested positive, or you have been notified that you were in close contact with someone who has tested positive
And, if you're eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine please take up the offer of a vaccine when the NHS contacts you
Healthy changes start with little changes and there's never been a more important time to look after your health.
Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health has lots of free tools and support.
Help to stop smoking
People who smoke may have a more serious illness if they are infected with Covid-19. You can find out more about smoking and Covid-19 at www.todayistheday.co.uk. For local support to quit contact Sunderland stop smoking services on 0800 169 9913 or visit www.stopsmokingsunderland.nhs.uk.
Looking after your mental health
The NHS's Every Mind Matters campaign has expert advice to help you look after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more from: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
It's natural for us to struggle when times are uncertain but it does not mean that we have to face it alone. Sunderland Psychological Wellbeing service (SPWS) provide free NHS psychological support to people who are worried, anxious or low. Due to the current circumstances all assessments and therapy sessions are over the telephone or online to ensure support is available for everyone who needs it. You don't need to wait to be referred, simply call on 0191 566 5454 or visit http://sunderlandiapt.co.uk/
Looking after your health and wellbeing has never been more important. See www.livelifewell.org.uk for more advice and information to help you stay healthy.
NHS Health at Home
Information from the NHS about what to do if you need to contact your GP, order repeat prescriptions and manage your wellbeing and existing conditions, all without leaving your home is available here https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home
For advice about local health services see information from Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group here https://www.sunderlandccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/coronavirus-information/