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Leader provides update on 'shielding' support

Date Published: 30 March 2020
Rutland Hub

Council Leader Oliver Hemsley has given an update about work being done to support the government’s guidance on shielding extremely vulnerable people from coronavirus (COVID-19):

Council Leader Oliver Hemsley
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley

We have done a huge amount of planning and preparation since the government announced, earlier this month, that it intends to shield some 1.5 million people in England who have a serious health condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19.

Under these measures, anyone deemed to be ‘extremely vulnerable’ is being contacted by the NHS and advised to stay at home, at all times, and avoid face to face contact for at least 12 weeks - except for contact with essential carers and health workers.

Rutland County Council is playing a critical role in making sure our shielded residents with no other source of support get access to food and medicines, as well as means of combating loneliness and social isolation, by providing a Crisis Line (01572 729603), which is open from 9am to 8pm (Mon-Fri).

In response, we have moved quickly to establish a Rutland hub and create a local network of trusted and verified suppliers, who will be undertaking deliveries to shielded people, starting this week. 

These deliveries will be supported by the Council’s own social care teams to make sure anyone being shielded over this extended period has their wider needs met, in addition to the basic provision of food.

We will also be continuing to support the many volunteer groups and good neighbour schemes that are working to help individuals and families who are self-isolating or staying at home, in line with government advice. Thank you to everyone involved in these efforts.

By working together in this way, we will make sure everyone in our communities has access to the support they need, for as long as they need it.

Councillor Oliver Hemsley
Leader of Rutland County Council

ABOUT SHIELDING
The NHS have been contacting people who are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus because they have a serious health condition. These people are being advised to stay indoors and avoid contact with others for 12 weeks, during which time they will receive regular deliveries of food and medicines as part of a national support scheme. Full details of who is eligible for this support can found on the government's website
Anyone who feels they should be classed as ‘extremely vulnerable’ but has not received a letter from the NHS or been contacted by their GP is advised to speak to their GP or hospital clinician. Requests for support can also be submitted online.The Rutland Hub is providing support to people whose specific needs can’t be met through the national shielding scheme.

If you are vulnerable, self-isolating, have no one to get you food and medicines, please call our crisis helpline: 01572 729 603 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm)


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