Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been in the news since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, at the end of December. This virus is now affecting people around the world, including the UK and is a source of concern for our community and many others. Although relatively small numbers of people in the UK have been affected, the number is growing and is likely to rise further. We know that there are specific groups of patients who may be more at risk, including those affected by Niemann-Pick disease.
The following webinar focuses on how those affected by inherited metabolic diseases may be impacted by the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: The webinar was organised by patient organisations working in the field of Inherited Metabolic Diseases (IMD), and was open to patients and families affected by IMD in a bid to address questions raised by the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are pleased now to share the recording of the webinar, for those who were unable to attend:
If you are feeling concerned about coronavirus for yourself and / or your family, you may be struggling to know where to find accurate information or what action to take. The following link contains NHS advice on coronavirus and information on the procedure for self-isolation, you can find it here.
If you think you or a member of your household may have coronavirus, you should contact your doctor by phone or use the NHS 111 service (online 111.nhs.uk or 111 by phone). Please also contact your metabolic team, who will also be able to provide advice.
The government have issued new guidance on shielding for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) because of an underlying health condition, and for their family, friends and carers. They are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions (see list) which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe. Struggling with all of these new terms? The graphics below aim to ease the confusion:
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Tailored information for families in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland can also be found at:
Public Heath Wales: Phw.nhs.wales
Public Health Agency Northern Ireland: publichealth.hscni.net
Health Protection Scotland: hps.scot.nhs.uk
In the Republic of Ireland the HSE contact details are Callsave 1850 241850 Phone: 041 6850300 or @HSELive or see the following site. We will provide updated advice / information on our website (www.npuk.org) and by social media as and when it is released.
Feel free to download and print this poster (click here) which may assist individuals and families who are currently social distancing/self-isolating/shielding.
If you are struggling to pay your bills at this time, there is some great advice on the following site. Please remember during this difficult and unparalleled time, the NPUK team are still here to help, answer your questions or listen, please get in touch by email: email@example.com or call our helpline: 0191 415 06 93 or contact a member of our team at any time.