Passport holders in the UK are due to be given more information on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, following the introduction of new rules.
Health informaticians will be able to provide advice and advice on vaccinations, how to cope with symptoms and how to treat health issues, the Health Secretary has announced.
The Department of Health (DH) has set up a helpline for passport owners to access information on symptoms and other health issues.
The new service, which is expected to be launched in the next few weeks, will also help them with their personal care needs.
It will provide information on flu, common cold and influenza, and help people identify their symptoms and get advice on their treatment options.
The service will also include information on healthcare costs, the number of visitors, the cost of caring for sick people, and what to do if you think you might have symptoms.
“Passport holders who have contracted the coronovirus are now expected to receive information and advice from our team on the best ways to protect themselves, their families and friends from infection, while at the same time being able to communicate safely,” Health Secretary Nick Herbert said.
“We know there are still a number of people who may be affected by the coronvirus outbreak and our focus will be on helping them and their families to get the support they need to protect their loved ones.”
The new helplines will be free for all, with patients being charged the same as everyone else, but the costs of running the service will be shared with the government.
DH said it will be an “exceptional opportunity” to “ensure that everyone gets the very best support possible”.
Passport holder’s experience ‘unacceptable’ One of the main concerns of passport holders has been the lack of information available to them on the flu, coronaviruses and other issues that can affect health and wellbeing.
“There are still people in the community who are not aware of the pandemic and we have to do everything possible to ensure they are not missed, as well as to provide as much information as possible, to help them get the most out of the experience,” said a DH spokesperson.
“This includes ensuring that anyone who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including those with influenza, has the best possible advice and support from a health practitioner.”
A number of health professionals have been urging people to avoid wearing masks, as masks can be harmful to their health, and people with a history of respiratory illnesses are particularly at risk.
But DH has insisted that the helplinics will be tailored to the individual and not be a substitute for professional care.
“The new service will provide the best information on the pandemics and coronaviral conditions available to health professionals, and it will enable them to be able make their own decisions about what is best for them,” the spokesperson said.
The helplina will also be able provide guidance on how people can be monitored for the flu and other conditions, and will be a central part of the health service’s work to manage the pandivirus outbreak.
DH has also set up an e-health portal where passport holders can share their symptoms, advice on treating flu, and any other relevant information.
The government has set aside £300 million for e-care, including £30 million for the e-HMO service.