Shielding letter

Shielding letters have been sent out to those the Government consider extremely vulnerable. It contains information for them, family and their carers.
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GPs and hospital consultants have now been asked to review the initial list and over the next week will be ensuring all those in high risk categories are identified and informed about the action they should be taking to stay safe.

Those contacted are strongly advised to rigorously follow the guidance, which includes staying at home at all times for at least 12 weeks.  

What does ‘shielding’ mean? 

Shielding is the word used to describe how to protect those at highest risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus. You can shield yourself following the Government guidance, and shield others by minimising all interaction between yourself and those who are most at risk.

How do I shield myself?

If you think you have a condition which makes you extremely vulnerable or have received a letter from NHS England you are strongly advised to shield yourself, to reduce the chance of getting coronavirus (COVID-19). This means following the measures below:

  1. Strictly avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Do not leave your house.
  3. Do not attend any gatherings. This includes gatherings of friends and families in private spaces, for example, family homes, weddings and religious services.
  4. Do not go out for shopping, leisure or travel and, when arranging food or medication deliveries, these should be left at the door to minimise contact.
  5. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.

Do use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

If you need help at home whilst you are shielding please get in touch with us and we can put you in touch with your local Mutual Aid group or an NHS Responder who can do essential shopping, collect prescriptions or arrange help if you have pets. 

07857 036 292 or 01275 851 400

contact@healthwatchnorthsomerset.co.uk 

For more information on the goverments advice please follow the link below to their website

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