Coronavirus update

Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

>> For the latest information on COVID-19 guidance in south east London, from testing to the vaccination, please visit the NHS South East London CCG's hub

The NHS in and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. 

The advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:

Stay at home for seven days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

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

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Stay At Home advice can be found here 

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here.

COVID-19 data sharing for health and social care in South East London

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing additional demands on NHS, health and care services across the UK. As such health and care organisations and professionals across South East London, along with partners from across London, are seeking to improve the sharing of information they hold to ensure they are as prepared as possible and can monitor and manage additional demand and activities. This is supporting by the notice issued by the Secretary of State for health and social care under regulation 3 of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002, which allows the processing of Confidential Patient Information (CPI) in relation to communicable diseases and other threats to public health.

This provides a legal basis for processing and sharing of information for very specific purposes related to the COVID pandemic and associated winter issues i.e. Flu, that will further impact it. This specific data sharing work, to support the delivery and planning of care during the Pandemic, is for a limited period to the 31st March 2021, unless the notice is extended by the Secretary of State.

Our Pandemic Recovery Plan

The Our Heathier South East London pandemic recovery plan builds from, reflects and is consistent with the integrated borough recovery plans agreed as a south east London partnership in September 2020. To read the plan in full please click here.