Care homes, vulnerable and older people

The council’s health and adult social care services have been working in partnership with care providers across the city, and provided them with information and advice.

We would like to reassure care homes and people who visit them that:

  • it's safe to visit individuals in hospital
  • relatives of existing residents do not pose a risk unless they have been in close and sustained contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus
  • while the risk from Coronavirus is moderate, good hygiene procedures, which homes will already be familiar with, can help prevent the spread of illnesses

"I'm a carer, looking after a vulnerable or frail person who's either travelled back from an affected country, or had sustained and direct contact with someone with confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19). What should I do?"

You should take usual good hygiene precautions. 

If you are the carer of someone with confirmed Coronavirus, Public Health England will contact you as part of their contact tracing. They'll give you advice.

If the person you care for has had a test for Coronavirus and is awaiting a result, follow the advice for self-isolation. While waiting for laboratory test results for 2019-nCoV, you don't need to restrict or put special control measures in place for their contacts.

"I have a relative in a care home. Can I still see them?"

Yes you can. We're reassuring residents across Brighton & Hove that they do not need to take action around Coronavirus unless Public Health England have contacted them.

Public Health England is prioritising contacting people who might have had close and sustained contact with an individual who has tested positive for Coronavirus. They're doing this as a precaution, to provide them with health advice about any symptoms in case they become unwell.

Public Health England is advising these individuals to 'self-isolate.' This means they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people as a precaution. It does not mean they're ill and people who have had contact with these individuals do not need to take action.

We advise people who have not been contacted by Public Health England to go about their daily routine as usual.

Advice from Public Health England

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze, then bin the tissue and wash your hands with soap and water
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Find the latest Coronavirus advice from Public Health England.