Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support
Oxfordshire must follow the national lockdown rules as they ease
Updated 16 August 2021
We’re now at stage 4 of the roadmap and all restrictions have legally lifted, so it’s time to start taking responsible steps back to normality. Some things that will protect us, including wearing face masks are still recommended though, even if they’re not now a legal requirement.
What do the changes on 19 July mean in practice?
COVID cases in Oxfordshire
You can find the latest information here.
What to do if you think you have COVID-19
- Do NOT leave your home if you think you have coronavirus.
If you have coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - make sure you get tested and isolate for as long as is needed to help protect those you care for and others in your community.
- You do not need to contact your GP if you think you have coronavirus: Call 119 to book a test. You can also use the online 111 coronavirus service to get advice and find out what to do. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online, or cannot handle your symptoms at home. This approach will free up help for those who most need it.
- Babies and children: Call 111 for advice if you're worried about a baby or child. If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there's something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you're worried. Trust your instincts.
Other useful links
- Easy Read information - includes explanations of some of the words and phrases used during the pandemic, and also links to useful information on topics like staying at home, taking care of yourself and social distancing
- Stopping the spread of local coronavirus outbreaks
- Oxfordshire County Council Coronavirus advice
- The latest guidance on staying safe and controlling the virus
- Oxfordshire County Council services and controlling COVID-19
- Advice for people at higher risk of coronavirus
- Shielding the vulnerable
- Face masks and coverings
- Changes to seeing your GP
- Diabetes & Mental Health Helplines
- Supporting people with diabetes during coronavirus
- Mental health support for children and young people
- Bereavement support leaflet - local and national support
- What to do when someone dies during the pandemic - Government advice on the next steps
- Opening hours of Minor Injuries Units and First Aid Units
- Help the NHS and hand back equipment no longer used
- Volunteering in Oxfordshire
- Useful links - national and local
Seeing your GP
GP practices are continuing to protect patients, staff and the wider community via a telephone triage system for appointments. Patients are offered phone appointments, some video consultations and online consultations. However, your GP practice is also offering face-to-face appointments and will inform you of arrangements to make sure you, and the clinician you are seeing, stay safe. For more information about speaking to your GP, click here.
We are trying to reduce the number of people sitting in crowded waiting rooms where infection could spread. If you need medical help or advice please contact NHS111 first, via phone or the NHS111 website. They will triage your case and direct you to the most appropriate service. This could include a a hospital Emergency Department or a local Minor Injuries Unit. People with injuries who have not called in advance will be seen and treated as necessary. However, if the condition or injury is not urgent, staff will ask patients attend the following day with an appointment.
Please also note that to comply with social distancing, people are asked to attend units on their own if possible, or with one other person only if they require help or support.
- Up-to-date NHS information on coronavirus, including symptoms and when people should stay at home are at
- NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do
- Public Health England - guidance on mental health and wellbeing
- Oxfordshire County Council - including information on services
- Oxfordshire County Council - advice on shielding the most vulnerable
- Updates from Oxford University Hospitals
- Thames Valley Police - FAQs on coronavirus
- Information and links to local advice on mental health and wellbeing
COVID Vaccination Information - Imam Monawar Hussain, OUH Muslim Chaplain
- Video in Bengali - From Urmee Mazher
- Video in Punjabi - From Zaheer Qureshi, Treasurer, Asian Cultural Centre
- Video in Arabic - From Dr. Kamel Ait Tahar
- Video in Hindi - From Dr. Gian Gopal, Chairman, OHTCCP
- Video in Farsi - From Dr Hosnieh Djafari-Marbini