Local and national health information and advice


Get the latest advice at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Health Education England have collated trusted, accessible online patient information resources on COVID-19: www.library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources

Age UK has a Coronavirus information hub, with practical ways to look after yourself and others. 

COVID-19 accessible information resources

A range of resources in different languages and formats can be found below.

Written information:

Videos/spoken information:

  • Videos on essential information, spotting the signs of Covid-19 and hand washing can be found here
  • Coronavirus guidance for the Roma community can be found here
  • Peterborough City Council have translated important public health messages into a range of languages – see the full list here

Easy Read and British Sign Language (BSL) information:

  • Hand washing guidance in Easy Read and BSL
  • A range of information, including Stay at Home guidance can be found in Easy Read
  • An Easy Read Guide on social distancing
  • PHE advice on self isolation in BSL
  • Free to access Easy Read and British Sign Language resources about social distancing, Covid-19 symptoms, social isolation and looking after mental health during isolation
  • Advice on getting NHS help when you need it during the Coronavirus outbreak in Easy Read and Plain English

Useful information:

  • Information on how the risk factors of Covid-19 affect BAME groups
  • An infographic has been produced with guidance on Muslim burials for those who passed away due to COVID-19 – this includes guidance on who should attend and social distancing

Advice for parents and carers:

Children and young people resources

Children's Commissioner

The Children’s Commissioner (click here) has produced a range of resources for children. 

Children and Family Health Devon

Click here to visit the Signpost Plus pages, including a wide range of information for children with additional needs and their families.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

CAMHS’s is continuing to deliver services to young people and their families during coronavirus – including additional crisis support. Click here for more information.

Devon Children and Families Partnership

Click here to visit the Devon Children and Families Partnership pages on corona virus; including a list of useful information, advice and guidance from a range of online sources that you might find useful.

To help you find what you need, the information has been split up into the following sections:

World Health Organisation (WHO)

Click here to find WHO resources and ideas to support parents and projects that will engage children in understanding the coronavirus, the challenges it brings to their world and what can be done to protect them.

This includes the Peppa Pig hand washing song (click here)!

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Click here to find a range of useful resources collated by BRHC, that can help you communicate with your children about COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic.

Supporting people with Dementia

There are many support agencies available to offer practical advice and support for people with Dementia. These include Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK, Devon Carers and Age UK. Each organisation has adapted the way they are working, providing telephone support lines as well as some practical advice on their websites.

Also included below is information developed for people with dementia and carers by the University of Exeter led programme IDEAL. 

www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19#content-start

www.dementiauk.org/get-support/coronavirus-covid-19/

www.devoncarers.org.uk/help-during-coronavirus-covid-19

www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/coronavirus

www.idealproject.org.uk/covid/pwd

www.idealproject.org.uk/covid/carer

Supporting good nutrition and diet during the COVID-19 pandemic

This information has been put together in response to the dietary challenges people may currently be facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This advice is for:

  • Older adults with a poor appetite who are social distancing or may be recovering from COVID-19
  • Healthy adults who want general advice on healthy eating and diet
  • Health and care professionals and care home staff who might need further information

Older adults with a poor appetite who are social distancing or may be recovering from COVID-19

These resources can be used by patients, carers and volunteers, as well as Community Health and Care professionals.

Social-distancing is a risk factor for malnutrition (undernutrition) and dehydration, which in turn increases risks of falls and chest infections. If you or someone you care for is not eating and drinking normally, they may be at risk of malnutrition.

There are various ways this can be checked, including the Patients Association nutrition checklists. (Please note that at the current time, many local organisations are not able to run due to COVID-19. It is recommended to check with local organisations including local council and volunteer organisations for needs and advice for social support.)

Nourishing drinks can be a useful for people who are eating small amounts. These can be bought ‘over-the-counter’ (such as Complan, Meritene and Aymes Retail) or home-made. Some recipes are available here.

If you or someone you care for is concerned about unintentional weight loss, please contact your GP or other Healthcare professional for further advice.

Healthy adults who want general advice on healthy eating and diet

British Dietetic Association Advice for the General Public

Health and care professionals and care home staff who might need further information

This section has been adapted from information kindly supplied by Care Home Dietitians, Kernow CCG.

Maintaining good hydration

For those with a small intake or who are at risk of malnutrition, please refer to the Caring for Care homes Guidance sheets, numbers 06 and 07 on the NHS Devon CCG website.

You are recommended to continue screening your residents for malnutrition risk according to your usual policy using MUST Calculator, taking into account appropriate infection control measures.

Myth busters:

  • There are no specific foods or vitamin or mineral supplements that will prevent a person catching COVID-19. Eating a well-balanced diet can help support the normal functioning of the immune system, and so it is important to continue to eat well and have a range of foods. However no individual nutrient, food or supplement is going to boost your immune system. Good hygiene practice remains the best means of avoiding infection.
  • There is currently no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 virus is transmitted when handling or preparing food. Please continue to follow general food safety advice; washing hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces and separating raw meat/fish from other foods when preparing food. 

 Other useful information:

We hope you find the above information helpful. If you have any further queries you can contact the Community Dietitians on: rde-tr.CommDietitiansRDE@nhs.net

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