The outbreak of COVID19 (also known as Coronavirus) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization and NASS is closely monitoring the situation to provide information and guidance for people living with axial spondyloarthritis including ankylosing spondylitis.
From Monday 23 March, government require everyone to stay at home, except for essential short trips for food and medicine shopping, and other essential and unavoidable needs. Please see the gov.uk website for information on what you must do.
In addition to updating these pages, we are also providing regular updates on our social media channels (find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter). Our helpline is open from 1000-1600 Monday to Friday on 020 8741 1515.
Update from Dr Dale Webb, Chief Executive of NASS
Published Friday 27 March 2020.
- Assessing your risk
- Medicines and Biologic therapy
- Mental health
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Office and Branch closure
We have sought advice from our Medical Advisory Board for people with axial spondyloarthritis (axial SpA) including ankylosing spondylitis (AS) who are taking biologic therapy and are concerned about COVID19 / Coronavirus. We remain in close contact with our Medical Advisors and will update this advice if the situation changes.
Links to other relevant websites. Please note that NASS is not responsible for the content on external websites.
- Government advice on social distancing
- Government information on shielding the vulnerable / self-isolation
- Government help for vulnerable people in self-isolation
- Letter from the NHS on self-isolation
- Government COVID19 homepage
- British Society for Rheumatology guidelines
- Money Saving Expert advice and video
Other patient organisations
- British Orthopaedic Association – Useful information on cancellation of surgery but also out patient appointments
- Age UK
- Asthma UK
- British Heart Foundation
- British Lung Foundation
- Kidney Care UK
- British Liver Trust
- Sickle Cell Society
- Blood pressure UK
- Diabetes UK
- Stoke Association
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Vasculitis UK
- Lupus UK
- Guts UK
- Cancer Research UK
- National AIDS Trust
- Terrence Higgins Trust