Detailed guide: NHS Test and Trace: how it works

The NHS Test and Trace service: ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus We are introducing this service to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. The service will allow us to trace the spread…

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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 25 January 2021

Good afternoon and welcome back to Downing Street for todays coronavirus briefing. Im joined by our Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jenny Harries and Dr Susan Hopkins, who is the Chief Medical Advisor to Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.I want to update you on the latest coronavirus data and the vaccine rollout. In the last week in the UK, we have seen 37,258 cases of coronavirus, on average each day. The NHS is still under intense pressure across all parts of the country with 37,899 people in UK hospitals with COVID-19 and that includes 4,076 on ventilators.Sadly, today 592 more deaths were reported. We must…

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Guidance: Test and Trace Support Payment scheme: claiming financial support

Published 12 October 2020 Last updated 25 January 2021 +show all updates 25 January 2021 Updated to delete the 'Background' section as its information was either out of date or is in the 'Eligibility' section. 19 January 2021 Updated 'eligibility' section: you can make a claim for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme or a discretionary payment up to 28 days after the first day of your period of self-isolation. 24 December 2020 Updated guidance on eligibility for discretionary payments. Added link to look-up tool linking to individual local authority application pages. Added information about application deadline. 11 December 2020 Added information on how contacts identified through…

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Guidance: Great Britain nutrition and health claims (NHC) register

Department Of Health Details The Great Britain nutrition and health claims (NHC) register sets out all authorised and rejected nutrition and health claims.Only authorised claims in the Great Britain NHC register may be used in Great Britain.The annex to the Great Britain NHC register lists health claims authorised on the basis of proprietary (privately owned) data.The register should be used with the guidance on nutrition and health claims on foods. Published 31 December 2020 Last updated 25 January 2021 +show all updates 25 January 2021 Updated the 'Great Britain nutrition and health claims register' to include a new sheet that lists the nutrition claims on the register. 12…

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Detailed guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Austria

Stay up to dateThis guidance will be updated if anything changes to how you get state healthcare in Austria.Sign up for email alerts.Austria has a state health insurance fund (the sterreichische Gesundheitskasse) that you pay into each month to access state healthcare.You may still have to pay on top of this to use some parts of the healthcare system.UK nationals usually access the Austrian healthcare system in one of these ways: paying for state health insurance through your employer paying for state health insurance directly using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) for temporary stays registering a UK-issued S1 form with…

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Detailed guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Portugal

Stay up to dateThis guidance will be updated if anything changes to how you get state healthcare in Portugal.Sign up for email alerts.This information is about living in Portugal. Theres different guidance about visiting Portugal.You need to be registered as a resident in Portugal to access state healthcare.State healthcare in Portugal is not completely free. Healthcare costs are covered by the state, and patients pay standard user fees, known as taxas moderadoras.UK nationals usually access the Portuguese healthcare system in one of these ways: registering to use the Portuguese national health service as a resident using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card…

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Detailed guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Germany

Stay up to dateThis guidance will be updated if anything changes to how you get state healthcare in Germany.Sign up for email alerts.This information is about living in Germany. Theres different guidance about visiting Germany.You must have health insurance cover to live in Germany. You may still have to pay for some services or to use some parts of the healthcare system.German residents join a health insurer called a Krankenkasse and pay monthly insurance contributions.Around 90% of residents join a statutory health insurer (gesetzliche Krankenkasse).Around 10% of residents join a private health insurer (private Krankenkasse).UK nationals usually access the German healthcare system in one of these ways: joining…

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Guidance: Private providers of coronavirus testing

Department Of Health Details The Department of Health and Social Care is aware of the private sector (non-NHS) providers published on this page who have declared that they meet the governments minimum standards for: Test to Release for international travel domestic COVID-19 testingBoth lists of providers are updated daily, from Monday to Friday. Published 14 December 2020 Last updated 25 January 2021 +show all updates 25 January 2021 Updated both lists of providers. 22 January 2021 Updated both lists of providers. 21 January 2021 Updated both lists of providers. 20 January 2021 Updated both lists of providers. 19 January 2021 Updated both lists of private providers. 18 January…

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Policy paper: Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: overarching documents

Medicines and Medical Devices Bill: impact assessment PDF, 547KB, 43 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email publications@dhsc.gov.uk.Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. Illustrative draft statutory instruments PDF, 882KB, 24 pages This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document…

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Detailed guide: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

You can get a swab test to check if you currently have coronavirus. This is part of the 5-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing. Testing is most effective within 3 days of symptoms developing.Who can be testedAnyone with symptoms can get a coronavirus test, whatever their age.You may be offered a test if you do not have symptoms. For example, if you work in a hospital or care home, if you attend a university or school, or if there is community testing where you live.Register a home test kitThis advice applies to home swab test kits that are sent to a lab for processing (PCR tests).Once youve taken your…

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Community Champions to give COVID-19 vaccine advice and boost take up

23.75 million funding for councils and voluntary groups toexpandcovidcommunications with at risk groups Community Champions will share COVID-19 vaccine advice and information to boost local vaccination take-up Funding will support extra school programmes, helplines and phone calls to those in at risk groups Over 23 million funding has been allocated to 60 councils and voluntary groups across England to expand work to support those most at risk from COVID-19 and boost vaccine take up, Communities Secretary RobertJenrickannounced today (25 January 2021).Through the Community Champions scheme councils and voluntary organisations will deliver a wide range of measures toprotect those most at risk - building trust, communicating accurate health information…

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