Further advice to protect most vulnerable residents

The NHS and Cornwall Council have received calls and messages from people who are concerned they might not yet have received a letter from the Government telling them that they should be “shielding” for 12 weeks.
Those that should be shielding include people who have received solid organ transplants, those with severe lung conditions, some cancer patients, people with a weakened immune system and pregnant women with heart conditions. If you fall within this list you should self- isolate for at least 12 weeks.

The Government, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, University Hospital Plymouth NHS Trust and NHS Kernow are continuing to send out letters daily to people within the group. You do not have to wait for a letter to arrive to check whether you should shield.

Read the Government’s guidance on shielding from COVID-19.

If you have not received your letter and are concerned that you fall into the list you can register yourself or a family member as you can then be identified if you need support with helps such as food deliveries. Find out how to get support from the Government.

Helen Charlesworth-May, NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council accountable Officer for public health and care, said: “We know that not all patients have yet received their letters. If you think you should be in this category, please exercise caution and you should be “shielding” using the Government’s guidance for protecting people who are within the category.”

Added on 3 April 2020, in News - Coronavirus / General news