Oakenhurst Medical Practice

Oakenhurst Medical Practice, Barbara Castle Way Health Centre, Simmons Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AX

Shielding Advice for Blackburn with Darwen

  1. I am classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ – what clinical advice should I be following now?

The shielding guidance published on 23rd June remains in place and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable in the Blackburn with Darwen area should continue to follow it for the foreseeable future. This means:  

  • you are strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and keep visits outside to a minimum; 
  • you are advised to continue working from home;
  • if you wish to spend time outdoors this can be with members of your own household or you may choose to spend time outdoors with one person from another household if you live alone, ideally the same person each time. You should maintain social distancing and avoiding gatherings of any size; and
  • you are advised not to be part of a support bubble.

The relaxation of some shielding measures across England on 1 August will not apply to those living in the Blackburn with Darwen area.

The shielding guidance for Blackburn with Darwen will be reviewed on a regular basis and as part of the wider measures in place in the area. 

  • I am classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ and I’m worried about the infection rate, am I at greater risk now?

The government has always been clear that it will continually monitor the transmission of the virus in our communities and if rates rise too much, our advice to those who are shielding may change.  

The latest scientific evidence shows you are now more likely to come into contact with the virus in your local area than nationally. Therefore, the government is advising those shielding in Blackburn with Darwen to continue following the current shielding guidance and not follow the relaxations to guidance on 1 August, as is the case nationally. 

The shielding guidance for Blackburn with Darwen will be reviewed on a regular basis and as part of the wider measures in place in the area. 

  • What happens next? When will shielding end?

The shielding guidance for Blackburn with Darwen will be reviewed on a regular basis and as part of the wider measures in place in the area. 

The government has always been clear that it will continually monitor the transmission of the virus in our communities and if rates rise too much, our advice to those who are shielding may change.   

  • How will you communicate the different shielding advice for those living in Blackburn with Darwen?

We will send text messages and write to all those on the Shielded Patient List in the affected area to explain the specific guidance that they are advised to follow. The text messages should arrive on 27 July, with the letters arriving from 28 July.

  • Shielding advice for the rest of England is being relaxed on 1 August. If Blackburn with Darwen is still locked down at that time, will I still need to shield?

Yes. We will continue to those on the Shielded Patient List up to date with any changes in advice and will write out once we are able to indicate when advice to shield will be paused. The latest guidance will also be kept up to date in the Local Authority website (www.blackburn.gov.uk).

The shielding guidance for Blackburn with Darwen will be reviewed on a regular basis and as part of the wider measures in place in the area. 

  • What support is available while I continue to shield?

If you urgently need food or care, please contact Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council’s Help Hub by calling 01254 588111 (Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 17:00) or by visiting https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/helphub.

  •  Priority supermarket delivery slots provided by seven supermarkets will continue beyond the end of July for those already signed up for support.
  • Arrangements to have medicines delivered to people’s homes by local community pharmacies or their dispensing doctor will continue while advice to shield is in place.
  • You can also contact the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme for help collecting shopping, medicine or other essential supplies that you need delivered to your home, or for someone to check in with you if you would like a chat. You can call them for free on 0808 1963646.