HRCC Coronavirus (Updated 23.3.20)

Advice for clients

The Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is following Government guidelines on guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

The Government is advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. This group includes those who are:

– aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

– under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):

– chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

– chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

– chronic kidney disease

– chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

– chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy

– diabetes

– problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed

– a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy

– being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

– those who are pregnant

Updated Government advice

Further to updated Government Guidance we must further extend our limitation of services to clients who also fall into the following categories:

– people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication

– people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy

– people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment

– people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)

– people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

Safeguarding and welfare of clients, staff and volunteers is paramount. As a result of this guidance, at this time the Charity can only offer treatment to clients who do not fall into any of the above categories or have anybody in their household that falls into the above categories.

Public Health England (PHE) is working closely with the NHS to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases. For all the latest information and updates on the Coronavirus, please visit the Government website which is updated daily at 2pm:

Based on current evidence, coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. Most cases appear to be mild. Anyone concerned about health symptoms is advised to follow the Government’s regularly updated information. To reduce the risk of contamination the shops are not accepting donations at this present time.

Kind regards

Kate Alden

CEO – Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

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