I have been told that I need to self-isolate
You may be more comfortable self-isolating at home, if it is safe to do so and you can travel there by car.
If you are a student and have been advised by NHS 111 to self-isolate, please notify us by completing this form and calling the Staffordshire University Coronavirus Helpline on 01782 298500. All students living in University-managed accommodation will have received an email about the self-isolation procedures and provision available for them. Please check your student email account for this guidance.
For health queries, dial NHS 111.
I’m in a shared block/flat, what do I do about sharing the kitchen and bathroom?
Like many families, it isn’t always possible to self-isolate entirely on your own. If you are living with other people, you should aim to keep 3 steps (2 metres) from other people and use your own eating & drinking utensils, dishes, tea towels, towels, food, etc.
Try to use the bathroom and kitchen at different times to everyone else. When you do use them, make sure you clean the areas you have touched before you leave the room. You can use washing up liquid and warm water for this; then dry the areas with a separate tea towel.
What if my symptoms get worse?
If it’s not an emergency, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If it is an emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the call handler or operator that you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
If you are confirmed to have COVID-19, please let us know by completing this online form and calling our Coronavirus Helpline on 01782 298500.
What do I do about getting food and drink?
Ask a friend or family member if they can leave food and drink supplies outside your door for you to collect.
If you live in shared accommodation, items that need to go in the fridge or freezer should be kept sealed and labelled. We can provide you labels for anyone living in University-managed accommodation if you need them - contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this isn’t possible, you can order your groceries online from one of the major supermarket chains. If you can’t do this, please contact our Helpline for advice.
I live in University-managed accommodation, what do I do about waste?
We will provide you with black bin bags. Please put all your waste in them and then, when they are full, tie them closed and put them in another black bag and tie this securely closed. Keep your rubbish in your bedroom until you have finished self-isolating. We will then remove it. If you need more bin bags, please let us know at email@example.com.
What do I do about laundry?
If you do not have a washing machine in your home and/or live in shared accommodation, please keep your laundry in bin bags. (We can provide these for those living in University-managed accomodation.)
Once your isolation period has ended, wait a further 72 hours when you can then take your laundry to a launderette. Wash items as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Can I have visitors?
Do not invite or allow social visitors, such as friends and family, to enter your room. If you want to speak to someone who is not a member of your household, use your phone or contact them online.
I live in shared accommodation, what do I do if the fire alarm is activated?
Leave your room, making sure you have suitable clothing to keep you warm and dry. Try to avoid touching handrails and doors as much as possible and avoid close contact with others. Once outside, tell the fire steward that you are in isolation, so they can let you back into your room as a priority. Whilst outside please keep at least 3 steps from other people.