Covid 19 - Exiting shielding
The NHS has written to nearly 10,000 residents in Havering that have underlying health conditions to tell you that, unless they see a significant rise in Covid 19 cases, they expect the shielding programme will be paused on 31 July 2020.
While shielders remain vulnerable, and should continue to take precautions, you may now choose to leave your home, as long as you are able to maintain strict social distancing.
If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household.
If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.
Read some top tips to ease back into an independent life.
If you get the NHS food parcels from the NHS local contractor, Brakes, then they have also been notified that this service will end on Friday 31 July, giving four weeks to make alternative arrangements such as an online delivery.
If you are experiencing difficulties in getting a supermarket delivery slot, some stores also run a telephone help line if you are unable to order online.
- Tesco 0800 917 7359
- Asda 0800 952 0101
The Havering Volunteer Centre will be able to assist with the collection of 'click and collect' shopping. Contact them on 01708 922214.
Supermarkets like Marks and Spencer, Morrison’s and Aldi are providing a food parcel system. More information and costs can be found on their websites.
There are also a number of other organisations who are able to arrange deliveries.
Whilst we don’t endorse any individual companies, details are:
- Bloom and Veg, The Farm Shop, Averley Road, Upminster 01708221786
- Essex Fruit and veg 07480302073
- LDE Veg 07919360893
- Freshways (a national hub that will link with local services) 020 3805 8125
- Milky Way Dairies 07956 950016
- Milk And More
- Parker Daries
- Amazon.co.uk are also making food deliveries
We can also look at any financial challenges you may have in buying food and help to secure advice and support.
If suitable, you may be referred to the local Havering foodbank.
Call our Covid 19 hotline on 0800 368 5201 to speak to us.
Emotional and psychological support
There is also a range of services available to help deal with the emotional or psychological aspects of shielding or bereavement.
Social isolation and loneliness is having a big effect on all out lives and our wellbeing is so important.
There are great organisations in Havering who are available to offer you support.
- Tapestry 01708 7956611
- Age UK 020 8 220 6000
- Havering Mind 01708 457040
- HASWA 01708 522789
- Your Neigbour 020 3968 4330
- ELOP 020 8509 2898
- Mental Health Direct 0300 555 1000
- Samaritans of Havering Free phone 116 123
If you need further help with food shopping, emotional or financial support, please call the Covid 19 hotline on 0800 368 5201.
For more information about the government’s shielding guidance, please see the GOV.UK website.
If you are worried that you may have Covid 19 symptoms (a high temperature or continuous cough), do not go to your local GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Instead, you should self-isolate and visit the NHS 111 website.