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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Coronavirus: Health Advice

Typical symptoms of coronavirus include a cough, a high temperature, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may also include anosmia (loss or change of smell and taste).

Similar to the seasonal flu, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Read the latest health advice from the NHS.

Latest NHS Coronavirus information translated into 60 languages.

Gov.uk - Coronavirus: stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

Primary Care Response Hub

GPs, working with Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) officials, have set up a Primary Care Response Hub at the east entrance of Newbury Racecourse. This is not a testing facility and access is by appointment only. Patients will be referred for an assessment at the hub by their GP if they have known coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms, and need a face to face assessment to plan their care, or if they have known coronavirus/coronavirus symptoms and another urgent health need that would usually be managed by their GP. Clinicians are keeping contact with patients to a minimum so most patients will be assessed while they are in their cars. Only if necessary will a patient be assessed in a clinical room. Patients should continue to use NHS 111 online service and follow self-isolation guidance where applicable.


Face Coverings and Exemptions
When to wear a face covering and using an exemption card
How do I access food and medicine now that government deliveries have ended?
How you can obtain food and your prescribed medicines now that shielding is paused (as of 31 July)
How can I stay active safely during this time?
Safe ways to stay fit and active during the coronavirus pandemic
How do I avoid catching or spreading coronavirus?
How you can avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
I'm worried about drinking more or am dependent on alcohol, what should I do?
Information if you are worried about drinking alcohol during the coronavirus pandemic
What should I do if I'm worried about gambling more?
Information if you are worried about gambling during the coronavirus pandemic
I've heard something about coronavirus, is it true?
Information about getting the right information during the coronavirus pandemic
What should I do if I am a smoker or am trying to quit?
Information about smoking during the coronavirus pandemic
What support can I get for my child's mental health and wellbeing?
Information about supporting children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic
How can I look after my own mental health and wellbeing?
Information about looking after your own mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic
How can I look after my financial wellbeing?
Information about looking after your financial wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic
What can I do if my sleep is being affected?
Information about looking after your sleep during the coronavirus pandemic
How do I cope with grief and bereavement?
Information about coping with grief and bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic
What should I do if I am worried about someone who is very vulnerable due to their health conditions?
Information if you're worried about a vulnerable person during the coronavirus pandemic
What should I do if I'm experiencing relationship conflicts or domestic abuse?
Support and guidance if you are worried about domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic
How do I support my children's physical health?
Information about supporting your children's physical health during the coronavirus pandemic
How do parents get help and advice from the health visiting and school nursing services?
Information about getting help and advice from nursing services during the coronavirus pandemic
How can I support someone living with dementia?
Information to help you support someone living with dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic
Does receiving a leaflet/letter through my door increase my chances of getting COVID-19?
Information about getting post during the COVID-19 pandemic
What is the guidance on social distancing in shops?
Information about social distancing in shops
How do I know if someone offering help to self-isolating residents is genuine?
The Community Support Hub will coordinate local support across West Berkshire to meet the needs of those who are self-isolating because they are vulnerable or have been advised to stay at home.
What can I do if my sleep difficulties are not improving?
Information about free online sleep programme
What advice is available about COVID-19 for pregnant women?
Information for pregnant women during the coronavirus pandemic
Should I still attend health screenings and routine vaccinations?
Information about health screenings and vaccinations during the coronavirus pandemic
How can you help people living with Dementia and memory problems to understand, remember and follow the COVID 19 advice?
Information from Berkshire Health Foundation Trust on helping people living with Dementia and memory problems understand and follow COVID-19 Advice