Shielding Advice

Dear Patients,

We have a number of updates as per the Government Guidance on Shielding patients – that is those of you that have been sent letters or had a call from us asking you to stay at home.

The website address to go to : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

In summary:

There have been lots of changes and we know it is confusing and you may be concerned. Here are the key points:

CURRENTLY: You can exercise outdoors with members of your household, or with one other person if you live alone.

FROM 6th JULY:

  • You can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors including people from different households, maintain social distancing
  • You no longer need to socially distance within your household
  • Shielded people who live alone, or who are single parents, can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. This means you can act as one household and can stay overnight without needing to socially distance

FROM 1st August: Shielding will be paused*

  • You need to keep strict social distancing but can go out to more places e.g. supermarkets
  • You can return to work if you are unable to work from home, provided your business is COVID-safe
  • Children can return to education
  • You should minimise contact with others outside your household / bubble

THE VIRUS HAS NOT CHANGED AND YOU REMAIN VULNERABLE TO COVID-19.               

THEREFORE THE KEY MESSAGES REMAIN THE SAME:

THINK HANDS:  Regular hand washing, use alcohol gel if no water is available

THINK FACE:   Avoid touching your face and wear face-coverings in enclosed spaces

THINK SPACE:   Keep 2 metre social distance

Finally, it is important that you do not ignore symptoms that may need medical attention, we are here for you.

Your team at Mickleover Medical Centre