COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

General information on Coronavirus and its impact in NI

The Public Health Agency has the latest information on the number of people tested for and confirmed as being diagnosed with COVID-19 in Northern Ireland.  More information is also available at NI Direct.

Updates from Public Health Agency
NI Direct
Department of Health Coronavirus Information
Advice on staying at home, self isolation, washing hands
What to do if you think you have coronavirus
Protect yourself and others from coronavirus

Download the COVID-19 NI App on Google Play or search for Covid-19 NI on the Apple Store.

Coronavirus information in alternative formats

These documents will open in PDF.

Coronavirus Public Information Downloads and Translations
Coronavirus Advice Czechoslovakian Translation
Coronavirus Advice Hungarian Translation
Coronavirus Advice Romanian Translation
Coronavirus Advice Romani Translation
Coronavirus Advice Hand Hygiene, Symptoms, Isolation (Easy Read format)
Coronavirus Advice: Learning Disability (Easy Read format)
Coronavirus Advice: British Sign Language (BSL) Video
Coronavirus Advice: Irish Sign Language (ISL) Video
Key contacts for support for blind and partially sighted people in NI
Shopping Advice (Social Distancing)

Healthcare Apps to help you during Covid-19

Health and Social Care  in Northern Ireland in partnership with ORCHA (Organisation for Review of Care and Health Apps) has developed a library of high quality, convenient Apps to support health and social wellbeing during these difficult times.  The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted on us all, leading to unprecedented changes in our everyday lives. The restricted living conditions and daily challenges we face can lead to feelings of stress and other difficult emotions.  The Apps included in the library provide useful support and information on how to manage stress and improve wellbeing, sleep management, staying fit and nutrition.

You can access the Apps Library via your smart phone or PC at: – apps4healthcareni.hscni.net.

Northern Trust Services

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that many health and social care services have been stood down or significantly reduced.   Coronavirus will be with us for some time, and this will change the way we provide many of those services. Some of the factors that will influence service delivery are:

  • The need to ensure that effective infection control measures are in place
  • The need for effective social distancing, wherever possible
  • The availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • The availability of staff
  • Budgetary constraints

Cancellation of elective procedures and clinics

This will be kept under review but has involved the cancellation of some non-urgent elective procedures.  Anyone impacted has been contacted directly.  If you have not been contacted please attend your appointment as normal.

Outpatient appointments

Please remember the hospital visiting policy when attending Outpatient Appointments and, if it is possible, please only attend by yourself (in the case of adults).

Information regarding all services

Details regarding all our services and contact telephone numbers are provided within our A-Z Guide.

***Please note staff may call from a withheld number, if you think it could be us please pick up***

In light of disruption, our staff are doing things differently.  Some parts of our service are connecting virtually with service users using a video-calling service called ZOOM.

How to access and set up ZOOM

Visiting

Visiting arrangements at health and social care facilities

Visiting Restrictions

Visiting Restrictions, Exceptions, Patient Property drop-off/Pick-up

Direct Payments

Department of Health Guidance for people receiving Direct Payments

COVID-19 Testing

The Northern Trust currently organises COVID-19 tests for healthcare workers and their families and those accessing certain Trust services, for example, elective care.  A COVID-19 Testing Programme is available for members of the public across Northern Ireland including sites in the Northern Trust area.  This programme is not managed by the Northern Trust but is run on a regional basis by the Public Health Agency.  If you would like to book a test, or require more information, please visit NI Direct where detailed testing information is available.

Information for carers

A central point of contact is available in the Northern Trust Carer Hub

Information for those who have been bereaved

Read information about support for children, bereaved parents and organisations that can help.

Faith Resources

In response to church closures, a wide and varied range of virtual faith resources have been developed. In recognition of the importance of faith for many older services users and their carers, this directory has been compiled to offer virtual access to those resources. In particular, this resource is designed for use by care home staff and Trust staff providing support to residents in care homes.

Directory of online Faith Resources

Workforce Appeal

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland is calling on thousands of healthcare professionals and support workers to help us by registering to work for us at this critical time.

Register at HSC Workforce Appeal

Businesses

The Northern Trust is committed to supporting our suppliers during the Covid-19 period.  If you have a payment query, please email payments.ssc@hscni.net.
We will review and respond as soon as possible.

Related links

A-Z Glossary of Covid-19 Words and Terms

 

25th February 2020

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