Covid-19: Daily communications update – 18.05.20, 16:49hrs


  • Mental Health Awareness Week – 18-24 May – today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is kindness. To find out what it’s all about, watch a short kindness matters video on the Mental Health Foundation’s website. Check out Public Health England’s (PHE) tweet about the #MentalHealthMinute. We’ll be supporting the campaign during the week by sharing content on our social media channels, as well as on AskHUE
  • Update to COVID-19 symptoms – this morning, the chief medical officer announced an update to the COVID-19 symptoms. The most important symptoms of coronavirus are now any of the following:
  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia)
  • Cervical screening scam – PHE has alerted us they have received reports of a possible scam. Some women are being contacted by text message, by people claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details. These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. The Action Fraud Line has been contacted.
  • All staff briefing – a reminder there’s a staff briefing happening tomorrow (Tuesday 19 May) at 12noon. If you have any questions for Rob, Andrew or Ian, please email the Comms team.

Primary Care

Offers and discounts for NHS staff

  • NHS staff offers – NHS staff have received so many generous offers from businesses wanting to show their appreciation and say thank you. Discover the latest discounts on food, travel and accommodation on the NHS England website. The site is updated regularly with any changes and new offers.

Further advice and support

  • Every Mind Matters – has lots of practical advice on how to look after your mental health during these uncertain times.
  • AskHUE – for the latest advice and information for staff, including previous daily comms bulletins
  • NHS website – for information on the virus, symptoms and how to prevent it spreading
  • UK website – for national advice, including full guidance on staying at home and away from others

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