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This information is to help you if you're being admitted to hospital for testing or treatment of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and:
It’s very normal to feel scared about something like this. Please be assured that you are in the best place and the staff in the hospital will do everything they can to help you feel comfortable and relaxed.
If you have questions about your treatment plan, please ask your nurses and doctors. More general information about COVID-19 can be found online.
Acknowledge that you feel this way. Don’t ignore these feelings.
If you have access to an internet-enabled device, like a smart phone or a tablet, you can try looking up some of these sites, or downloading the apps on your device:
Calling or video-calling a friend or family member may help to distract you and give you some comfort.
If you are finding things very hard and the tips in this leaflet don’t help, it is okay to ask for help from a member of staff. Please let them know how you are feeling.
If you would like, they can call a member of the hospital chaplaincy team to come and talk with you. Even if you have no particular or strong religious faith or belief, someone from the chaplaincy team can talk with you about what you are going through, what gives you comfort and what is important to you.
The ward team may also refer you to our Mental Health Liaison Service who offer specialist support.
This information is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.
The information here is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: April 2022
Review Date: February 2023