Coronavirus health support
The best way to protect yourself and your family from Coronavirus (COVID-19) is by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene. The latest advice from Public Health England is to:
Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds each time with soap and water or hand sanitiser, especially when you:
- Get home or into work
- Blow your nose, sneeze or cough
- Eat or handle food
For the latest government advice visit the GOV.UK website.
For those defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable read the COVID-19 guidance on shielding and protecting people.
Get Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person. People identified in particular groups will be sent a letter with advice on how to protect themselves and access the care and treatment they need during the Coronavirus outbreak. Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
- Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network have a number of resources available online to support health and wellbeing as of part of the COVID-19 response
NHS advice on how to stay well during winter
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG are advising local residents on the best ways to stay well during the cold weather.
There are a number of effects the winter can have, and they are not just physical, the colder weather and shorter days can also affect your mental health.
People who are in their 70’s, born on or after 2 September 1942, and those aged 78 or 79 years are eligible for a shingles vaccination. Check your eligibility via the shingles vaccination calculator.
Keeping your home warm
There are a number of organisations and schemes that can offer advice and help if you are struggling to keep your home warm:
- Warm and Well in North Yorkshire is a partnership project made up of organisations from the public, private and charity sector with the aim of reducing the number of cold homes, cold people and cold deaths within North Yorkshire
- Two Ridings Community Foundation recently launched its annual Surviving Winter Fund 2019 . The fund was established so that Yorkshire people could donate their winter fuel payments to vulnerable people in need of extra support during the winter months
- Under the Warm Homes Discount Scheme you could get £140 off your electricity bill, or gas bill if your supplier provides you with both gas and electricity, this winter. Contact your supplier to find out
- You may get a cold weather payment if you receive certain benefits or Support for Mortgage Interest
- For those born on or before 5 April 1954, you could receive a winter fuel payment of between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills
- The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme to help tackle fuel poverty. Funding is available to provide residents with insulation, brand new A-rated boilers, and first time central heating for free in the majority of cases.
- Citizens Advice Mid-North Yorkshire offer advice on accessing emergency funding and debt
- The North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund supports vulnerable adults to move into or remain in the community, and to help families under great pressure to stay together. You may apply for an award of utility credit