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
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
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:
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