C&I is working with NHS England and taking steps to manage the outbreak of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. We are keeping our services going as much as possible, but each service is having to look at new ways of operating. You may be offered a telephone of video consultation instead of a face-to-face one, and large group activities and events have been cancelled.
Please be assured we are still offering high quality effective mental health care, but we have had to change the way we do this to follow the Government's social distancing guidelines and protect our service users, carers and staff.
Please check this website regularly as the situation is changing rapidly and we will be updating the information frequently. See the current changes to our services below:
Camden and Islington iCope are available to help people living in the boroughs to manage increased anxiety and distress arising from the current coronavirus pandemic.
The iCope team already has a page on their website with suggestions to keep as psychologically well as possible during this time, including webpages, podcasts and apps that we hope can help. In addition, from Monday 30 March 2020 for anyone who needs additional help, iCope is offering 30 minute telephone appointments for practical support, signposting and access to helpful materials. To access this support, residents should make a self-referral via the website or by calling 020 3317 6670 (Camden) and 020 3317 7252 (Islington)
Please note it may be necessary to leave a message and receive a call back. iCope will be updating their website so do check their website for the latest information on those services. You can also see here for tips on how to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
We are asking anyone who has symptoms, or anyone who has been in contact with someone with symptoms, not to attend hospital or any of our sites. You should follow the Government rules to stay at home and only go out once a day to exercise or buy food. The symptoms of coronavirus are:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. For more information on the coronavirus, please use the 111 online coronavirus service.
Urgent advice: Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
There have been reports that some medications can protect against coronavirus and alleviate the symptoms of the illness it causes, COVID-19. Please read our advice here.
Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person. Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. It's very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading germs
There are things you can do to help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus. Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. You'll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you've recovered.
The latest information on the number of people tested and confirmed cases is available from the Government website. This is updated daily by the Chief Medical Officer.