Public Health

Latest NHS Public Health advice: 

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms, in particular:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Don't go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You don't need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days

  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible. Read the NHS advice about staying at home.

Urgent advice: 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

Use the online 111 coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

The Government is recommending social distancing. It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over

  • have a long-term condition

  • are pregnant

  • have a weakened immune system

We all have an important part to play in keeping older people and vulnerable residents safe too.

Keeping in touch with family and friends is important, but you should only visit people if it is absolutely essential.

When visiting older or vulnerable people, try to avoid personal contact - that includes greeting people with a wave, a nod or a bow rather than a handshake.

We're asking people to stick to these guidelines to protect our vulnerable residents.

We are also encouraging people visiting to follow NHS advice to help minimise the spread of the virus, including by washing their hands when they arrive.

The City Council has set up a dedicated micro-site for Public Health and Social Care. 

For 'Wellbeing' and general advice as well as additional advice around Mental Health, use this link:

Public Health advice from government and Portsmouth City Council. Use the link below:

Additional useful numbers/services

Portsmouth Wellbeing Service

023 9229 4001


Drug and Alcohol Support Service

07951 497898 or 07557 753131


Recovery Hub

023 9229 4573


Family Support Project

0800 138 0355 or 07584 563004


New parents and parents-to-be:

Solent NHS Health Visiting and School Nursing Duty

0300 123 6629


First-time young mums and families: Family Nurse Partnership

0300 123 6627

Mental health support:

Talking Change

0300 123 4125


To text for help from a qualified nurse:

Solent NHS Pulse text messaging service


For parents & carers: 07491 163 275

For young people: 07491 163 276