Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support
Updated 21 September 2021
COVID-19 remains a risk and it is still possible to catch and spread the virus, even if you are fully vaccinated. Find out how to stay safe and stop the spread - read the full guidelines on GOV.UK
All restrictions have legally lifted, as we move back to normality. However, some things that will protect us, including wearing face masks, are still recommended though, even if they’re not now a legal requirement.
COVID cases in Oxfordshire
You can find the latest information here.
What to do if you think you have COVID-19
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should still book to receive a PCR test. Find your closest test centre.
- You should regularly test for COVID-19 using lateral flow devices, even if you don’t have symptoms. One in three people with COVID don’t have symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Find out how to get the tests.
- If you have not been fully vaccinated, or if you have tested positive, you should still isolate if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This remains the law. Find out more.
- If you’re returning from abroad, you should ensure you understand the rules around testing and quarantining beore travel. You should also ensure that you keep up-to-date with changes to those rules, even while you are away. Find out more.
- You should be cautious in crowded areas or when mixing indoors. Face coverings, open windows and mixing with fewer people is recommended to reduce the risk.
- Regular handwashing or using hand sanitiser makes it harder for the virus to spread.
- A gradual return to working in the office is now encouraged - but with safety in mind. Find out more.
- If you are not yet vaccinated, the best thing you can do is to do so, as soon as you are able to. Find out more.
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)
- Oxfordshire County Council Coronavirus advice
- The latest government guidance on staying safe and controlling the virus
- Advice for people at higher risk of coronavirus
- Face masks and coverings
- Changes to seeing your GP
- Diabetes Helpline
- 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
- Opening hours of Minor Injuries Units and First Aid Units
Seeing your GP
GP practices are open. Patients are face-to-face appointments if clinically necessary, phone appointments, some video consultations and online consultations. 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, testing, vaccinations, self-isolation and NHS COVID Pass are at
- NHS 111 that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do
- Oxfordshire County Council - including information on services
- Updates from Oxford University Hospitals Trust
- 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