Help for vulnerable patients
|Looe Coronavirus Support Group
For patients who are self-isolating, following stringent social distancing and/or are reliant on the regular support of others who may also be self-isolating, including picking up shopping and medications, our wonderful community has rallied around and brought together a team of amazing volunteers to help.
- NHS Volunteer Responders: you can submit a live referral for an individual that needs support or an NHS service that requires volunteers providing they meet the referring criteria at https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSreferral or on 0808 196 3382.
- Volunteers can provide: (1) Check in and chat support – short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation (note, this is not mental health advice); (2) Community support – collection of shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home; (3) Patient Transport – transport to take patients home who are medically fit for discharge.
- Health at home – is a webpage that gives them an overview of NHS services that are available, such as how to order repeat prescriptions online and get them delivered (https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSreferral).
- Public Health England have provided some guidance on looking after mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Local councils are working with voluntary sector organisations and local communities to support residents in the response to COVID-19. You have the details of the Looe support Group.
- The government has provided advice on employment and financial support on their website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- For access to the COVID-19 directory please click here.
- There is a ‘Virtual Community Friendship Café’ on Facebook for Cornwall, for everyone whatever their need; a shared space for organisations to shout about what they do. Each week there will be a theme, please see the list below for a list of topics that will be covered.
Routine immunisations during this time are still going ahead, please click here for more information.