COVID-19: Support for patients and carers

Information about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects you and your care.

Health services are still running

It's important you know that healthcare services are still running and available to you, if you need them. You should still:

  • seek urgent medical help if you think you have serious or life-threatening symptoms. Do this regardless of whether you think your symptoms are related to COVID-19 or not. (You can get help through your GP, NHS 111, 999 or your local hospital's emergency department)
  • seek medical advice for any worrying symptoms, whether they are new or recurring
  • continue with any medical treatments you are having and attend any hospital or GP appointments as requested.

Getting medical help might mean leaving your home, which might make you anxious. But if you don't seek help when you need it, you may put your health and even your life at risk.

Mental health and COVID-19

If you or someone you know is having treatment or taking medication to help manage a mental health problem, we have created these resources to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Some of our existing mental health resources may be particularly relevant during the pandemic:

The National Problem Gambling Clinic has also produced the following guide:
Self-help for gambling during the pandemic

Support for people experiencing anxiety during the pandemic

RCPsych has created resources to help you if you, or someone you know, is experiencing increased anxiety as a result of the pandemic. Our resources include information for adults, young people and parents.

Support for people experiencing anxiety from COVID-19