We're doing everything we can to ensure that people who use our services can continue to receive the best care and support possible during this worrying time.
To help reduce the spread of the virus, we may need to reduce some of services or carry out appointments by phone, where we can. Please contact your local service or worker and they will let you know what that means for you. Please read more about how we will continue to support you.
We will keep adding to this page when we have more information. Published 26th March.
The NHS website will provide you with the most up to date information and will be able to answer most of your questions.
What is coronavirus?
It is an infection that is passed from person to person. It can be spread through the air as droplets from coughing or sneezing. It can also be carried on your hands and passed onto others by touching surfaces that an infected person has touched.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Some people have no symptoms early on in the infection. Common symptoms can be a temperature (feeling hot) and a cough. Certain people, due to their underlying health conditions, are classed as higher risk, and for them, the infection is more serious. People at higher risk will be getting a letter in the post from their GP. If you do not get a letter you can still check yourself on the NHS website.
How can I keep myself safe?
All of us should stay 2 meters away from each other. Wash our hands with soap for 20 seconds regularly. Cough and sneeze into tissues or into the elbow.
For those at higher risk people are being advised to be “shielded” – i.e. to stay inside, in one place, for 12 weeks. You can find out more on the Government website which allows you to register your details for extra help.
Consider having a reliable, trustworthy adult to act as your “nominated individual” to help you collect shopping, medication or prescriptions. It can be a worrying time so looking after your mental health is even more important than ever, here are some tips if you are worried about coronavirus;
It is important to sleep well as it can reduce stress and make you feel less anxious. Here are some tips to help you get a better night's sleep;
If you need support or have any questions please get in touch with your local service.
Naloxone- kits are available from your local drug and alcohol service and could save a life, please ask for one.
Changes to supply - expect a change in the street drugs that you buy. They may be different to what you are used so take extra care, for example, test with small doses first.
Safe storage - if you are storing more drugs keep them out of sight and locked away from others.
Online support groups – there is online support groups that can help such as Narcotics Anonymous. See the Online and Telephone Support links below for more suggestions.
Download the COVID-19 advice for people who use substances leaflet for more advice and information.
Slowly reduce - for some slowly reducing your alcohol drinking is safer than stopping suddenly.
Thiamine - it is important to take Thiamine tablets to reduce the harm that alcohol might be doing to your body. Find out more information on our factsheet.
Mixing - if you mix alcohol and other drugs such as, benzos (benzodiazepine/diazepam) or pregabalin (gabas) it risks stopping your breathing.
Withdrawal - if you find yourself without a supply of alcohol and experiencing withdrawal symptoms please download our COVID-19 advice for managing alcohol dependency leaflet for more information on how to stay safe.
To keep everyone safe we are asking all staff, volunteers and service users NOT to come to our services or the community pharmacy if you think you might have symptoms of coronavirus. Instead please phone us.
We are working hard to make sure that our Harm reduction services remain open for you-
We are setting up systems so that we can keep in touch with you if you aren’t able to visit the service. You may be contacted by your key worker over the phone or Whatsapp, discuss with your worker what method you would prefer.
Your service may also be offering group work over video calls or Facebook, talk to your service about what alternative support is available to you.
We are working closely with our community pharmacy colleagues to cause the least disruption to your prescription as possible.