Stay Safe and Well
Accessing health services
If you have an existing medical condition or you become unwell you might be particularly worried about how to access treatment, medication and appointments. Here’s what you need to know.
Other illnesses and treatments don’t go away just because of coronavirus. For those that have existing conditions and need to access health services, or for those that develop symptoms that aren’t coronavirus related, it’s important you get the treatment you need. The NHS has made it clear that health services are still there for those who need them and that you should not ignore symptoms. Read more on the Age UK website
Government and NHS advice
- Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak. This document explains some of the potential changes under the Coronavirus Act (emergency legislation)
- Regularly updated guidance on social distancing, including information on getting assistance with foods/medicines and looking after mental wellbeing
- For the latest information, advice and guidance on Covid-19 please see the Gov.uk website
- For advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and any symptoms see the NHS website.
Specific to dementia and older people
- Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia. (Alzheimer’s Society)
- Advice for older people on staying safe and well at home during social distancing/self-isolation. (Age UK)
- The Hidden Disabilities Lanyard is a great way to help others recognise that you may need more help or a little more time. (Age UK)
- How to stay well during the coronavirus outbreak – 5 key messages for people living with dementia.
- Supporting people with Lewy body dementia during the Coronavirus pandemic
- Should a person with dementia wear a face mask for coronavirus? (Alzheimer’s Society)
- Journey assistance card for people exempt from face coverings. (Transport for Greater Manchester)
- Herbert Protocol – A national scheme for helping to find people living with dementia if they go missing (Greater Manchester Police)