All people on the shielded patient list should have received a letter during March 2021 with guidance. This sets out practical steps people can follow to reduce their risk of catching the virus, including continuing to maintain strict social distancing and to keep their overall social contacts at low levels, such as working from home where possible.
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Support for most at risk
If you are isolated in South Tyneside without any means of support, call the COVID-19 Community Support Hub for free on 0800 028 2955 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, excluding bank holidays).
The Council's COVID-19 Community Support Hub is for people who have no other means of support such as neighbours, family or friends to get access to essentials such as food, or who are struggling with their wellbeing and need signposting to services who can help.
We encourage you to ask family and friends for help with prescriptions.
You can order your repeat prescription online. You can then ask family and friends to collect your medicine from a pharmacy or you may be able to have it delivered to your home. For information on ordering prescriptions online, visit NHS: How to order repeat prescriptions online.
The NHS Volunteer Responders programme is also available to help support those who need it. Volunteers can collect and deliver shopping, medication and other essential supplies. Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week to self-refer. For more information visit NHS Volunteer Responders.