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This article was created on 21/12/2020 and will be updated frequently.  Last updated following the Government statement on 04/01/2021.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we want to make sure all of our patients are aware of the guidance they should be following. A new lockdown has begun in which the Government has asked for everyone in England to ‘stay at home’. This lockdown is more similar to the first lockdown back in March 2020 rather than the most recent in November. This is because the coronavirus cases are rapidly increasing across the country and the NHS and hospitals are under more pressure than ever before, during the pandemic.

The lockdown includes the closure of schools. All colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers only. All other children will learn remotely until February half term.

Rules for lockdown – stay at home

These lockdown rules should be followed immediately and will become law from tomorrow (6th January). They will stay in place until at least mid-February and people must stay at home, only going outside for one of the following reasons:-

  • To shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • To go to work (or provide voluntary or charitable services) but only if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • To exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person: this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area. Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.
  • To meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • To seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • To attend education or childcare – for those eligible

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

You can read the full details on what you can and can’t do in the national lockdown on the Government website here.

We’re here to support you and those who need us

It’s important that everyone follows the rules and stays at home as much as possible. We want to reassure our patients that we have a good supply of medicines and are well prepared to continue making sure you get your medication delivered safely. We advise you to place your order 10 working days before you are due to run out, as this will help everyone involved in the process to make sure you receive your medication on time.

We’ve saved our patients over 4 millions trips outside since the lockdown in March and can help make sure anyone you know can get their NHS prescription medication safely without leaving home. It’s quick and easy for you to register a family member you care for or just click the button below to send a message to any family or friends with a health condition, to help them to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary journeys and queues.

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