Wednesday 4th November 2020

Responding to the updated guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable, Dr Louise Soanes, Director of Services at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

“Young people with cancer, like others who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will appreciate the additional clarity this updated guidance provides.  Many young people told us how they had been affected by shielding earlier in the year, this new guidance may cause the feelings of loneliness and distress that so many felt then, to happen again.

“Psychological support is incredibly important for young people with cancer and we know access to support is a challenge for them. With this guidance, the Government aims to protect the clinically extremely vulnerable, but by doing so, they must ensure access to services to support their emotional needs are available too.”

Everybody must follow the national guidance from Thursday, but in addition, the Government is advising people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to take the following extra measures:

  • Stay at home apart from to exercise or to attend a medical appointment 
  • If you cannot work from home, you should not attend work. You may be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, or the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • You are advised not to go to the shops. Continue to use your supermarket priority delivery slot, ask friends and family to help you with your food shopping, or contact NHS Volunteer Responders (Tel: 0808 1963 646). If you still cannot access support, please contact your local authority.
  • You are advised not to go to the pharmacy – ask friends and family to collect your medicines for you. If this is not possible, you will be eligible for free medicine deliveries. Contact your local pharmacy for more information