Read the advice from Public Health England


Read health information and advice from NHS England

Information for you

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus. The information below sets out our advice and the action we're taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

The situation is changing constantly so we will update this information as needed. Check GOV.UK and NHS.UK for up to the minute advice.

Click here for guidance on our visiting restrictions  

Frequently asked questions

Q: I am booked in for an operation do I need to self isolate?

Yes you do. The Trust is operating an increased level of caution to ensure our patients remain as safe as possible due to the continued risk of coronavirus.

Patients coming into our hospitals for general anaesthetic operations, including day surgery, need to follow comprehensive social distancing and hand-hygiene for 14 days prior to surgery and to self-isolate for a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) days before and after surgery. A small number of patients will be asked to self isolate for 14 days prior to surgery. This is in order to protect patients and make sure that they are as prepared for their surgery as possible. This will reduce the risk of catching coronavirus (COVID-19), which can impact on recovery and, in some cases, cause serious complications.


Q: What is  coronavirus (COVID-19)?

A: This is a virus that affects the lungs and therefore people’s breathing.

Q: What are the symptoms?

A: 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.

You can find more information at NHS.UK. If you're concerned please use the online NHS 111 service which will tell you if you need medical help, and advise you what to do.

Q: What general precautions should I take?

A: The advice from the NHS is as follows:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work or school.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • 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 straight away and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Try to limit contact with people if it isn’t necessary. More guidance here:

Do not
  •  Please DO NOT come to a healthcare setting if you think you have symptoms of coronavirus.

111 will give you the best advice and will arrange for you to be tested if appropriate.


Updates on COVID cases

Updates on the numbers of cases are released by the Department of Health and Social Care daily. You can track cases by local authority, including Cumbria, here.

The numbers of deaths are published through NHS England. Data broken down to Trust level, is available on the statistical area of the NHS England website.

The Trust will not be releasing any further details locally in the interest of privacy and dignity of the families. The media are asked to respect this and the interests of staff at the hospital to avoid any disruptions to operational service. 

For any other media enquiries, please email

Stay at home guidance 

If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you or anyone else has symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.

The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. You can read more information here

If you're concerned 

Please use the online NHS 111 service that can tell you if you need medical help, and advise you what to do.

Help us prevent the spread of coronavirus

There are simple steps that you can take to stop the spread of this and other viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.