People in Orkney who have received a letter from the NHS identifying them as being most at risk from Covid-19 will be contacted by the Orkney Coronavirus Community Support Hub from today, Wednesday 1st April.
The new Hub is at The Pickaquoy Centre.
Maureen Swannie, of Orkney Health and Care, said in the meantime if anyone who has received a letter needs further information on how to register or get help, to contact the Hub on 01856879900.
The facility opened at noon on Monday and is dealing with telephone enquiries from our most vulnerable people, providing assistance with accessing medication, food, essential household items and healthcare services.
A dedicated email address is also available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The facility is not open to the public.
Staff and volunteers, from various agencies throughout the county – including Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Health and Care, NHS Orkney and the Third Sector have been assisting those identified by the NHS as being “clinically vulnerable”.
- Solid organ transplant recipients;
- People with specific cancers;
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD;
- People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell);
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection;
- People who are pregnant with significant congenital heart disease.
Staff and volunteers working in the Hub will be required to maintain social distancing, while an enhanced cleaning regime will be in operation at the centre for everyone’s protection.