On Monday 23 March the NHS sent letters to people from a list of medical conditions which make them particularly at risk of Coronavirus, strongly advising them to stay at home. If you have received one of these letters their advice is that to protect yourself you should stay at home at all times and minimise non-essential contact with members of your household.

You can read more about shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable, here.

Register yourself as extremely vulnerable

If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus, register and tell the government whether or not you need support. Your friends or family can do this on your behalf.

If you live in England, register here.

If you live in Wales, you can find more information about support in your area, here.

What do I do if I’m not classed as medically vulnerable but I need support?

A wider group of local people may also need support to protect themselves from the virus. Cheshire West and Chester Council have therefore launched a dedicated helpline 0300 123 7031 which will run 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm.

The helpline will provide advice and support, and where necessary make arrangements for food, medicines and social contact. You can also email enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Further information on local support can be found, here.