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Covid 19 (Coronavirus) - Information for Shine Members: January 2021

5th January 2021


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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

5th January 2021

Coronavirus cases and hospital admissions are rapidly increasing, and strict national restrictions now apply in EnglandWales and Northern Ireland.

There are differences in the restrictions between the three countries and from the March lockdown so its important to check the government guidance to make sure you comply. A significant difference from the March lockdown that will benefit many is the continuation of the support bubble system. This means that adults living alone or with children under the age of 18 can visit and be visited by people from one other household. The two linked homes can act as one household, providing essential support and companionship. 

The government have announced that the people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus i.e. the people who were previously shielding, should begin shielding again and they will be sent letters shortly with more information.  

The NHS Volunteers programme is available to help and support all those who need it, not just people who are shielding. Volunteers can collect and deliver shopping, medication, and other essential supplies. They can also provide regular, friendly phone calls. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to refer yourself or a loved one.    

Medical and social care providers are working hard to ensure services continue to remain open and as safe as possible to use. You should continue to ask for and receive the support you need from the NHS for your existing health conditions. A range of NHS services can now be accessed from home, including ordering repeat prescriptions or contacting your doctors through remote consultation. To find out more visit Health at Home, or download the NHS App. If you have an urgent medical need, call your GP, NHS 111 or, for a medical emergency, such as a suspected shunt malfunction, dial 999.  

We understand these are difficult and upsetting times, and not the way any of us would otherwise wish to start a new year. However, these stricter measures will help keep us all safer and there is hope on the horizon with the approval of a second coronavirus vaccine whose distribution is significantly easier, as it doesn’t require ultralow storage temperatures.  

As in previous lockdowns, SHINE are here to help you through this. If you or anyone you know is affected by spina bifida and/ or hydrocephalus and needs any support or advice please call us on 01733 555988 or email us on  

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