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Further advice and useful resources

Should I still go to work?

We cannot offer individual advice about your work. Please speak to your employer to discuss working arrangements if you are at high risk.

You should follow government advice, for example working from home, if possible.

You should contact occupational health if available at your workplace.

If you have been assessed as very high risk then you should have received a letter or text from either the rheumatology department, GP or NHS England. You have been advised to shield.

Please see this link for details

 What if I am showing symptoms of Coronavirus or have been in close contact with someone who has it?

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE HOSPITAL OR YOUR GP’S SURGERY IF YOU HAVE A CONTINUOUS COUGH AND OR A FEVER. You should self-isolate and follow NHS advice, which is continuously updated click for guidance.

If you develop a viral infection, immunosuppressants will need to be paused, as with any infection. If you are off your immunosuppressant medication for longer than 2 weeks please inform your rheumatology team. Of particular note, steroids should NOT be stopped suddenly if you have taken them for more than 4 weeks.

Shielding and education

If you have school age children and are shielding please see the government advice in this link

Useful Websites

Versus Arthritis patient FAQ about coronavirus

Government information on coronavirus

Government advice about shielding if in a high risk category

Click here to assess your coronavirus risk and if you should be shielding


  Return to rheumatology covid-19 response page




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Coronavirus - useful information

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Information and updates about our services can be found on this website here.

As of Wednesday 21 October, after reviewing the guidance for visiting as set out by NHSE, the Trust has taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting to all of our sites, with immediate effect.  We have taken this decision to limit the spread of Covid-19, and to protect vulnerable patients and ensure staff safety.  As soon as it possible to safely relax the visiting restrictions we will do so

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here