Page updated: 15 September 2020
We will update this page regularly as new information is issued.
Stay up to date with all of the latest Government guidance and what you can and cannot do at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
PLEASE NOTE: As from 6am, 26 March 2020 in order to help protect patients, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust are no longer accepting visitors except for the following reasons:
▶️ The patient is receiving end of life care
▶️ The patient is a child or neonate — must be a parent/carer only
▶️ A partner or birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour
▶️ To support someone with a mental health issue such as dementia, a learning disability or autism where not being present would cause the patient to be distressed
Visitors should observe strict 2 metre social distancing principles whilst moving around the hospital, wear face coverings and adhere to strict hand washing on entering and leaving the hospital and clinical areas.
Information about the virus
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are usually mild, but some people can become very unwell. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
Getting a test for coronavirus
To find out about testing in the Blackburn with Darwen area, please click here for the latest information.
For information about testing across Lancashire click on the link below:
Staying at home if you have symptoms (self-isolation)
If your symptoms are mild, NHS 111 will usually advise you and anyone you live with not to leave your home. This is called self-isolation. Anyone with symptoms should self-isolate for 7 days from when their symptoms started. Anyone who does not have symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days from when the first person in your home started having symptoms.
Read more about self-isolation if you have symptoms of coronavirus.
How to stop infection spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus.
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home
- 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 immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check the NHS website for more information on coronavirus.
Testing and Tracing
For information on testing and tracing please visit Blackburn with Darwen Council website.
What can I do and not do?
To find out the latest about restrictions in the Blackburn with Darwen area, please click here for the latest information.
For all other information relating to COVID-19 in the Blackburn with Darwen area, log onto blackburn.gov.uk