National Lockdown: Stay at Home.

Following the rapid increase in the number of Coronavirus cases across the UK and in order to help control the rates of infection, new restrictions have been introduced. The restrictions may vary depending on where you live in the UK. Please follow the relevant guidelines.

England

A national lockdown was announced in England on 5th January and the Government has reintroduced shielding advice for people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) from Covid-19 across all areas of England from 5 January. Please note: This advice does not alter if an individual has received the COVID-19 vaccination.

CEV people will be eligible for support to stay at home including free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where they are unable to work from home.

The Government will be writing to all CEV individuals in England to inform them of the advice and support available (including individuals already advised to shield as part of Tier 4 restrictions). It is expected that Government will also be sending text messages and emails to relevant patients where the NHS holds the relevant contact information.

This is a difficult time and people may have questions about the advice they should follow. Please read the Q&A document from the Government, as this may address your questions.

The guidelines for the lockdown in England can be found using the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Advice for anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable in England can be found using the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

Scotland

national lockdown was introduced across Scotland from 5th January 2021 and expected to continue until at least the end of January. Some islands will remain at Level 3. Guidance for those living in Scotland can be found using the links below.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

https://www.nhsinform.scot/

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Wales

A national lockdown is currently in place across Wales, known as Alert level 4.

Guidance for those living in Wales can be found using the links below.

https://gov.wales/alert-level-4-guide

https://phw.nhs.wales/

https://gov.wales/coronavirus

 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland have extended the national lockdown until 5th March with a review taking place on 18th February.

Guidance for those living in Northern Ireland can be found using the links below.

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms advice:

 

Further Information

For those affected by a blood cancer who have a specific question or query relating to their care, treatment or whether they may be at elevated risk of coronavirus (COVID-19), we recommend they contact their medical team.

Fellow blood cancer charities Blood Cancer UK and Leukaemia Care offer dedicated support lines for those affected by a blood cancer. 

 

Leukaemia UK Office

Please note that due to the social distancing guidelines introduced by the Government we now have limited access to our office. Our team remains available to reply to enquiries during our working hours Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30pm. We will reply to any correspondence sent to our office as soon as possible. Thank you for bearing with us.

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