General advice from the UK Government, NHS, and Others

Page last updated: 23rd June 2020

The key reference points for information and advice for everyone are the NHS website and the Government information hub​, which includes links to additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland​. These are regularly updated. 

To help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), most hospitals stopped or significantly limited visits and appointments. For the latest advice on visiting, please see this page or contact your hospital.

Shielding and Protecting Vulnerable People

The latest Government guidance for people defined as clinically extremely vulnerable, including any advice or relaxation of the rules, can be found here

SMA-focused advice gathered in April and May 2020 from clinicians is on these pages.

Further Government guidance for anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member is here. Further information in the Personal Assistants, Carers and Home Care section of our website may also be helpful.

Staying Alert and Safe (Social Distancing)

Government advice on staying alert and safe (social distancing) is being updated regularly, along with guidance to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible. FAQs provide a helpful summary of what you can and can’t do.

The BBC provide an explanation of these new rules in England and how these differ now for Wales, Scotland 
and Northern Ireland.


UK-Wide Measures

NHS information includes advice on how to reduce the spread of coronavirus and guidance on how to wash your hands properly, is here

Government guidance for consumers on coronavirus and food, is here.

Symptoms of Coronavirus and What To Do If You Have Them

NHS descriptions of symptoms and what to do is here. The page also tells you when to contact NHS 111's online coronavirus service - if you do need to do this, ensure whoever you talk to understands you / your child has SMA and how it affects you / them. 

This video below gives advice for the general public:


Self Isolation: staying at home for households with possible coronavirus infection

Government guidance is here. The guidance is published in several languages – scroll down to see.

If you or someone you live with has symptoms, the NHS link is here.

Education: The Government has published a range of documents providing guidance and advice about coronavirus in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students. There is also information in this section of our website.

Testing for Coronavirus

The NHS website also has information about testing and tracing.  

Mental Health

The Government has published advice on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of the public and of children and young people.

Other tips and advice for adults and children in managing the mental health side of dealing with the coronavirus can be found here.