Coronavirus

Help yourself to better health

Coronavirus has been a wake-up call for many of us. It makes us realise how precious our health is and that it may be time to introduce healthy lifestyle changes.

Evidence shows that carrying extra weight can make it harder to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and coronavirus. Find more information and support to help you eat and drink well and reach a healthy weight.

Find out how being more active can improve your physical and mental health. Exercise can also help to boost your immune system.

Smoking damages your lungs, your heart and weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight infections. If you smoke, you are at greater risk of suffering worse symptoms or developing complications from coronavirus. Find out more about the support that's available to help you quit.

If you have a long term health condition it’s important that you continue to manage it to stay well.

If you’re not feeling okay

Coronavirus is having a huge impact on our daily lives. The uncertainty and change can take its toll on our mental wellbeing. Support is available in Stockport to help you, or someone you know who is feeling anxious, stressed, low or not okay.

Worrying about money can cause ongoing feelings of stress and make you feel worse. If you or anyone you know is struggling with finances, visit the council website for advice on:

  • Council Tax
  • Council Tax support
  • Housing Benefits
  • emergency financial support during coronavirus

If you're feeling lonely or socially isolated you can find some helpful tips that can ease loneliness and details of local and national support on the Sector 3 website.

Supporting your recovery from coronavirus

If you’ve had coronavirus you’ll want to get back to normal as quickly as possible, but it can take time.

Your COVID Recovery is an NHS website that helps you to:

  • understand what's happened
  • learn what you might expect as part of your recovery
  • find out about things you can do yourself to help

The website also has information to help and reassure you if you're supporting a family member, relative or friend following their coronavirus illness.

Stockport Moving Together

LifeLeisure and Stockport Council have developed a physical activity programme for people who have had coronavirus and are currently trying to rebuild strength and stamina as part of their recovery. You'll receive an initial online or telephone consultation, a physical activity pack and a prescribed physical activity programme.

To be eligible for the programme you must:

  • have had a positive coronavirus test and are currently looking at ways to gradually build up your strength and stamina
  • have no underlying health conditions which require further investigations
  • be a Stockport resident or have somebody who can pick up the pack from a Stockport location
  • be 18 years and over
  • be physically able to undertake some gentle exercise

To access the programme please complete the online referral form or ask your GP for a referral to the PARiS scheme.

For any questions please email gpreferral@lifeleisure.net

Post coronavirus support group in Stockport

If you've had coronavirus and are still suffering weeks later, you can join in a trial of a weekly, online peer support group. It's initially been set up for people living in Reddish, central Stockport, Heaton Norris and Brinnington, but open to anyone in Stockport. The group, set up by Stockport Council, is not run by medics but hopes to provide a platform where people can chat, share experiences or just listen.

To find out more please email: marie.omalley@stockport.gov.uk or call Marie on 07800 618570.

Health at home

For advice on how to access NHS services online using a smartphone, tablet or computer visit the NHS website. You can find information on how to:

  • contact your GP and video calls
  • order repeat prescriptions

If you know someone who needs help to get online or you want to improve your online skills, Stockport Council’s DigiKnow programme may be able to help.

Find all the latest information and advice about coronavirus from the NHS below: