COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WITH ARTHRITIS
A message from the Rheumatology Department at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (dated 26 March 2020):
” We are aware that a lot of you have had concerns and have been ringing the advice line with questions about your risk because of certain conditions and various medications, and whether this increases your risk during the Covid-19 outbreak.
If you follow this flowchart through https://www.ouh.nhs.uk/rheumatology/documents/rheumatology-social-distancing.pdf it may help you to understand your individual risk and depending on what group you fall in to, what guidance you should be following from the government.
If you are still unsure or have any questions about any of the medications on the list or the condition we see you about in the Rheumatology Department, please contact the Rheumatology Advice Line on 01872 246861. This is normally open 9-11am Monday to Friday, however, we are doing our best to answer it outside of these times during the outbreak.”
Information for about Covid-19 for rheumatology patients at Derriford Hospital
Some people with certain health conditions are being instructed to remove themselves from society, or “shield” themselves, to prevent them getting the virus.
People are “strongly advised” to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact. They should not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact. For more information go to:
The government advises that we should all be taking measures to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). For full and up to date information on social distancing go to:
Delayed physiotherapy or surgery
If your physiotherapy or surgery for your arthritis has been delayed there are things you can do for yourself whilst waiting for treatment. If you have chronic pain in your knees and / or hips because of osteoarthritis, then the ESCAPE Pain programme can help. It is available online https://escape-pain.org/ESCAPE-pain-Online or via an App https://escape-pain.org/support-tools/escape-pain-app
You can find information on how to manage your condition here https://www.cornwallarthritis.org.uk/self-management/
Arthritis Action UK have produced a set of videos which talk you through the principles of self management which you may find useful: https://www.arthritisaction.org.uk/onlinesme
You can find some tips on pain management here https://www.cornwallarthritis.org.uk/managing-pain/
More information about managing pain at home, including useful exercises can be found here https://www.csp.org.uk/conditions/managing-pain-home
Work during Covid-19
Many people are working from home at the moment. Public Health England have provided some tips on how to avoid getting aches and pains when working from home: PHE WFH advice
Cornwall Healthy Workplace has a very useful set of resources related to Coronovirus and workplace health which you may find helpful:
Versus Arthritis has a list of sources of up to date information on Covid-19
FAQs about arthritis and Covid-19
NRAS has information on Covid-19 for people with rheumatoid arthritis
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