Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help yourself to better health

COVID-19 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 COVID-19. 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 COVID-19. 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

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our daily lives. The uncertainty and change has taken 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, find support in Stockport and nationwide that can help.

Visit our loneliness and isolation webpages if you're feeling lonely or socially isolated.

Supporting your recovery from COVID-19

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 COVID-19 illness.

Stockport Moving Together

Life Leisure and Stockport Council have developed a physical activity programme for people who have had COVID-19 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 COVID-19 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

Long COVID information and support in Stockport

The term ‘long COVID’ is now commonly used by health professionals to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop more than 4 weeks after the start of infection.

Find information about long COVID and the support available in Stockport. This includes the long COVID Peer Support Group which is a friendly and supportive group where people with long COVID can share experiences and get advice from guest speakers.

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.

NHS information and advice

Find all the latest information and advice about COVID-19 from the NHS below: