Below is a summary of the advice given about specific conditions. If you have any concerns you should check the NHS website or speak to your GP.
We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
While “rescue packs” for people with illnesses such as COPD do exist, they are usually given to patients as part of their clinical management plan for a flare-up or exacerbation of their COPD, not to prevent COVID19.
If you have Asthma, COPD or any other respiratory condition you are at increased risk and should follow the government’s advice to self isolate by staying at home and restricting contact with other people as much as possible. People with severe asthma should follow the full advice for people considered to be extremely vulnerable which can be found here.
Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to NHS 111 online before doing anything else. Continue to use your preventer inhaler as prescribed and keep your blue reliever inhaler handy in case you need to use it. You can telephone your GP practice or normal nurse if you have any concerns or need other advice about your condition. Please monitor your medication carefully and order new inhalers as and when you need them – but please only order what you need and in plenty of time – you can have someone collect your prescription for you or have it delivered if your pharmacy offers this.
Please help us to help you by only ordering the medication that you need and please do not ask for more than 28 days supply.
The immune system protects the body against illness and infection caused by viruses like coronavirus. Some people with cancer have a weak immune system which reduces their ability to fight these infections.
This is because some treatments, like chemotherapy, can stop the bone marrow from making enough white blood cells. White blood cells are part of your immune system.
If you have cancer then Macmillan have provided some good advice here.
If you are being referred for test connected with Cancer please note this video message from our cancer lead on the Fylde Coast:
The British Lung Foundation has worked with the NHS to provide some useful information here.
Blackpool Pulmonary Rehabilitation service provider (BOC) have paused Face to Face delivery and are replacing it with Telephone contacts.
Diabetes - from Diabetes UK
Diabetes UK recognises that this is a very worrying and busy time for everyone. We are working hard to adapt and provide the best possible support to people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals during these times.
Diabetes UK has produced this helpful factsheet.
Please have a look at the new webpage coronavirus advice page for people living with diabetes and their families. These pages are based on the most recent guidance available and also signpost to other relevant sources of support and information.
There is also some helpful information to help people staying at home and managing their diabetes and to help people cope with stress and other emotions. There is also a useful coronavirus thread on the organisation’s online forum, where members are sharing information and experiences.
The British Heart Foundation has worked with the NHS to provide some useful information here.
Mental health support
To support local people and organisations wanting to signpost people to help and advice, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria has listed some of the mental health support resources available across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
We have also created a page specifically around mental health services locally. Click here.
If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
There is also some advice from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in these short videos:
People receiving direct payments - PHB and CHC
The Department of Health and Social Care has published advice and guidance intended for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, including personal health budget holders, as well as for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and providers of care and support.
The guidance includes information on:
- Contingency planning
- What to do if personal assistants or budget holders have symptoms of COVID-19
- Steps for local authorities and CCGs to take to support people who use direct payments.
The guidance is supported by a series of questions and answers, developed in collaboration with a range of organisations including the team at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
The Stroke Association has worked with the NHS to provide some useful information here.
Locally, face to face contact is paused but the stroke association is continuing to provide proactive support to stroke patients and their carers via telephone and where possible via digital channels. Six month post stroke reviews will also be carried out over the phone but will of course not include a blood pressure check.