Coronavirus advice and links

Coronavirus is still with us. Let’s carry on protecting each other and keep life moving. You can find our information supporting you during coronavirus (COVID-19) on our web page.

Please refer to the government’s national coronavirus advice and locally:

NHS urgent mental health helplines

NHS urgent mental health helplines are for people of all ages. It’s important to know that support is available, even if services seem busy at the moment because of coronavirus.

You can call for:

  • 24-hour advice and support – for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
  • help to speak to a mental health professional
  • an assessment to help decide on the best course of care

Free PPE for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers across the country who do not live with the people they care for can benefit from free PPE through a national scheme, the government has confirmed.

Cornwall
Devon
Somerset
Torbay

Refer to the government list of PPE COVID-19 for up-to-date suppliers.

In Cornwall, Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay the links above can be used to supply:

  • local authorities (including children and adult social care workers)
  • mental health community care
  • personal assistants (LACCG commissioned and funded through personal health budgets)
  • domestic violence refuges
  • rough sleeping services
  • education (and childcare) services
  • extra-resident unpaid carers

Unpaid carers receive priority at vaccination centres

Unpaid carers – people who provide care for a relative or friend – are being given the same priority as social care staff in queues to receive their booster jabs for coronavirus. Unpaid carers can use a letter that is available from the Department for Health and Care to get priority at vaccination centres. The letter simply informs vaccination centre staff that the bearer of it should be allowed priority if there are queues.

It’s to recognise their caring role, and how for many carers, time away from the person they care for is limited. Find out more.