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Coronavirus - Information and Advice

Updated 24th March 2020

Please see link for latest government guidance on staying at home, limiting travel and reducing the risk to everyone. Please scroll down to find more information and guidance on support available during the pandemic.

How long to stay at home if you have symptoms

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.

Go to Gov.uk for more information on ending isolation and explanatory diagram.

Symptoms include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough

If you think you might have Coronavirus...

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Government guidance advises they will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.


January and February 2020 Newsletters

Click to find out what the team have been up to in January and February. Special thanks to everyone who has attended our Home Care Forums and to staff and patients at Pendle View for their time over the last two months. 

December 2019 Newsletter

We would like to thank everyone for continuing to support our work, ensuring that residents' voices are heard and help shape local health and social care services. Merry Christmas and here's to a fantastic 2020!

To read our December Newsletter please click here


October 2019 Newsletter

Please click here for our October news, happy reading! 

Healthwatch BwD Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 22nd October 2019  On 22nd October, we held our AGM in Blackburn Library.

The event was well attended with two guest speakers (Margaret Asquith & Dominic Harrison) and a presentation of Healthwatch's 2018/19 and 2019/20 work. 

To review the slides from our AGM, please follow this link - https://www.healthwatchblackburnwithdarwen.co.uk/news/healthwatch-bwds-annual-general-meeting 


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