Coronavirus - COVID-19 | Central Bedfordshire Council

Coronavirus - COVID-19

Supporting clinically extremely vulnerable residents

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to follow shielding advice.

Essentially this is to stay at home as much as possible. If you do go outside, try to keep all contact with others outside of your household to a minimum and avoid busy areas.

You can still remain in your support bubble, but you cannot meet with friends and family you do not live with unless they are part of your support bubble.

Shopping

You are advised not to go to the shops.

Use online shopping if you can or ask friends or family to collect and deliver shopping for you.

You can register to request access to priority supermarket deliveries, if you do not have someone you can rely on to go shopping for you. If you already have a priority delivery slot with a supermarket, that will continue – you do not need to do anything further. When registering you will be asked for your NHS number. You can find it on any letter the NHS has sent you, or on a prescription.

Registering on the site just gives you priority. It does not mean you’ll definitely get a delivery slot. If you want access to priority supermarket deliveries, you will also need to set up an account with at least one supermarket and book slots yourself.

We have a network of volunteer-led groups and local Good Neighbour Schemes, who might be able to assist you with shopping and checking that you are OK. Find out more about good neighbour schemes in Bedfordshire.

You can contact them directly by emailing gns@bedsrcc.org.uk or call 01234 838771.

If it is an emergency, please call us on 0300 300 8900.

Medicines

You are strongly advised not to go to a pharmacy.

In the first instance, you should ask if any friends, family or volunteers can collect medicines for you.

If friends and family are not able to collect your medicines for you, and you and/or the pharmacy are unable to arrange a volunteer, then you will be eligible for free medicines delivery. Please contact your pharmacy to inform them that you are clinically extremely vulnerable and need your medicines delivered, and they will arrange this free of charge.

We have a network of volunteer-led groups and local Good Neighbour Schemes, who might be able to assist you with collecting medication and checking that you are OK.

You can contact them directly by emailing gns@bedsrcc.org.uk or call 01234 838771.

If it is an emergency, please call us on 0300 300 8900.

Mutual Aid groups

These groups help with shopping, collecting medication, phone calls and online support – please note that the types of support available from each group may be slightly different. Visit the CVS website to find a list of groups in your area.

Care and support

You can still receive informal care at home from people within your support bubble.

You can still receive care at home from professional social care and medical professionals.