Update October 2021
Now that vaccination has been offered to all of the adult population, including those previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, and other treatments and care pathways are available, the Government is ending the shielding programme. This means that given the current situation people will no longer be advised to shield in the future and there will not be any specific national guidance to follow.
Everyone should follow the same general guidance which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus, in addition to any condition specific advice given by medical specialists. As someone with a health condition you might also want to think about extra things you can do to keep yourself and others safe.
It is really important to look after your mental health. The ‘Every Mind Matters’ website offers advice and practical steps that you can take to support your wellbeing and manage your mental health during this pandemic.
You can visit it at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters.
- Please remember that the NHS is open, and we urge you to continue to access all the NHS services that you need. It is likely to be safer for you to use the NHS than to try to manage alone.
- If you are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on your health, speak to your GP, hospital clinician or use NHS111.
- Hospital and doctors’ appointments should be attended.
- Carers who support you will continue to visit.
- Your Local Authority can assist in care and support - 0121 704 8704.
- You can also quickly and easily access a range of NHS services from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or having an online appointment with your healthcare professional. To find out more visit: www.nhs.uk/health-at-home or download the NHS App. You should also continue to receive support from social care if you require it.
- Please make sure your GP has your most up to date contact details, including your home address and, if possible, a personal email address.
- Please visit www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support to get more information on what government support is available to everyone during the pandemic.
- NHS Volunteer Responders are also available to help with things like collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies and with transport to medical appointments. They can also provide a regular, friendly phone call which can be provided by different volunteers each time or by someone who was previously advised to shield and will stay in contact for several weeks. More information is available at www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk or you can call 0808 196 3646 8am - 8pm.