Detailed guide: PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

The PPE portal can be used by social care and primary care providers to get critical coronavirus (COVID-19) personal protective equipment (PPE).Providers who can use the service will receive an email invitation to register.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has partnered with eBay, Clipper Logistics and Royal Mail to develop this service.Who can use the portalYou can only log in and place an order if youve received an email invitation to register.The PPE portal can be used by:GPs residential social care providers domiciliary social care providers pharmacies dentists orthodontists optometrists childrens care homes and secure homes childrens residential special schools community drug and alcohol services residential…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus antibody home test kit: taking a blood sample

When your test kit arrivesTest kits take up to 5 days to arrive in the post (you do not have to sign for it).Store it in a cool dry place (not in direct sunlight or the fridge).Take the test as soon as possible. But do not take your test, or post your sample, on Saturday or Sunday.Video: how to do your test and get your resultThe kit has everything you need to take your test and post your sample to get your result.It takes about 30 minutes to do the test (do it without interruption or you will spoil your sample).Watch the antibody test follow-along videoAvoid common mistakesBefore…

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Detailed guide: NHS Test and Trace: how it works

The NHS Test and Trace service:ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virusWe are introducing this service to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. The service will allow us to trace the spread of the…

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Detailed guide: North West of England: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.Restrictions apply to the specified areas below.Affected local areasPendle (whole area subject to restrictions on household mixing. The following parts have additional guidance in place): Whitefield Walverden Southfield Bradley Clover Hill Brierfield Marsden Blackburn with Darwen (all areas of Blackburn and Darwen are currently subject to restrictions. The following parts are already subject to restrictions on care home visits, hospitality venues, and household mixing detailed below): Audley & Queens Park Bastwell & Daisyfield Billinge & Beardwood Blackburn…

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Detailed guide: PPE portal: how to order COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE)

The PPE portal can be used by social care and primary care providers to get critical coronavirus (COVID-19) personal protective equipment (PPE).Providers who can use the service will receive an email invitation to register.The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has partnered with eBay, Clipper Logistics and Royal Mail to develop this service.Who can use the portalYou can only log in and place an order if youve received an email invitation to register.The PPE portal can be used by:GPs residential social care providers domiciliary social care providers pharmacies dentists orthodontists optometrists childrens care homes and secure homes childrens residential special schoolsIf youre a provider in one of…

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Detailed guide: Leicester: local restrictions

Additional businesses and venues can reopen in Leicester City from 8 and 15 September. Other restrictions remain in place.A local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Leicester City and the borough of Oadby and Wigston. The government and local authority are acting together to control the spread of the virus in Leicester and affected surrounding areas.The next review will take place by 25 September.Read the latest information from Leicester City Council.Affected local areasLeicester (city council area) Oadby and Wigston (borough council area), from Tuesday 22 SeptemberLocal restrictionsBusiness and venue closuresThe following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected local areas:nightclubs, dance halls,…

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Detailed guide: Greater Manchester: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.Affected local areasGreater Manchester: City of Manchester Trafford Bury Tameside Rochdale Salford Oldham There is separate guidance to cover Bolton, where additional restrictions apply.Local restrictions were lifted in Stockport on 2 September and Wigan on 26 August. They align to the national restrictions with the rest of the country.Local restrictionsBusiness and venue closures and restrictionsThe following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected areas:nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques sexual entertainment venues and hostess barsSocial contact restrictionsIf…

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Detailed guide: North East of England: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in the North East of England. The government and the relevant local authorities are working together to control the spread of the virus.Restrictions and guidance apply to the specified areas below.Affected local areasDurham (County Council area) Gateshead (Metropolitan Borough Council area) Newcastle (City Council area) Northumberland (County Council area) North Tyneside (Metropolitan District Council area) South Tyneside (Metropolitan District Council area) Sunderland (City Council area)Local restrictionsBusiness and venue closures and restrictionsThe following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected areas:nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques sexual entertainment venues and hostess barsHospitality venues must only sell food and…

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Detailed guide: Bolton: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Bolton. The government and the relevant local authorities are working together to control the spread of the virus.Restrictions and guidance apply to the specified areas below.Affected local areasBolton (Metropolitan Borough Council)Local restrictionsBusiness and venue closures and restrictionsThe following businesses and venues must not open in Bolton:casinos indoor skating rinks bowling alleys indoor play areas, including soft play areas exhibition halls and conference centres for external attendeesWe advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart in Bolton:indoor performances close contact servicesHospitality venues must only provide take away food and drinks or delivery services to customers. Hospitality…

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