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Shielding now in place to protect the vulnerable

Eastbourne Borough Council has urged all people who consider themselves extremely vulnerable to Covid-19, but who have not received a letter from the NHS, to alert their GP.

If the GP agrees, the council will add their details to its distribution list for food and other support through a programme called Shielding, which is run by central government.

Shielding is a measure to protect extremely vulnerable people by minimising interaction with others. They should not leave their homes, and within their homes should minimise all non-essential contact with other members of the household.

Shielding also means:

  • Avoiding contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Do not leave your house
  • Do not attend any family gatherings
  • Do not go out for shopping
  • Ensure food or medication deliveries are left at your front door to minimise contact
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet and social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Council Leader David Tutt urged the extremely vulnerable group to listen to the advice and take action.

He said: "I know that stopping these activities will be difficult. Please try to identify ways of staying in touch with others and as far as possible, participating in your normal activities from your home."

Cllr Tutt thanked the friends, families and neighbours of those who are "shielded" as their help eases pressure on wider support services.