Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice

The NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria along with 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.

With this in mind pharmacy services may vary due staff availability. You can find out the most up to date pharmacy opening information here this will be updated regulariy as the situation changes. 

There are some countries and areas where there is a higher chance of coming into contact with coronavirus. Take a look at coronavirus advice for travellers.


What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu.


How do I avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?


  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work

  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


What do I do if I think I have coronavirus? 

You can check if you need medical help by accessing the NHS111 online coronavirus service that will tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

It is important that you don't go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you think you may have the virus, you can call 111 if you need to speak to someone.


Want more information? 

Latest information and advice from Public Health England:

Information about the Government's Action Plan:

Latest information and advice: Gov.Uk