We want you to know that, despite the unprecedented global situation regarding Covid-19, we are still available at Heartburn Cancer UK if you have any questions or concerns about Barrett's oesophagus or oesophageal cancer.  As per the government advice regarding social distancing we are working remotely, however, we can still be contacted by e mail [email protected]

If you prefer to phone our staff are able to take a message and we can call you back as soon as we are able. Our number is 01256 338668.

Changes in government advice for those who are clinically vulnerable 

COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK. 

Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required to follow the new national restrictions from 5 November, which have been set out by the government and apply to the whole population. These restrictions: 

  • require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • prevent people gathering with those they do not live with, except for specific purposes
  • close certain businesses and venues

There is additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people available on the government website to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). You should also have received a letter with a written version of this guidance.

These new shielding measures will apply nationally for 4 weeks up to 2 December. At the end of the period, the government will look to return to a regional approach and will issue further guidance at the time.

For information about Local protection levels and those who were previously asked to shield in Scotland there is information on NHS inform and for those in Wales see the Welsh government website.

It is essential to remember that, if you have any questions about your care at this time you should speak to your GP or medical team.

Government advice is that people in the clinically extremely vulnerable group should continue to access the NHS services they need during this time. This may be delivered in a different way or in a different place than you are used to, for example via an online consultation, but if you do need to go to hospital or attend another health facility for planned care, extra planning and protection will be put in place

At this difficult time we continue to work at HCUK to raise awareness of the importance of recognising and acting upon common symptoms which could be indicators of oesophageal cancer.  If you are able to donate to assist our work and ensure that, even during the crisis caused by Covid-19, we can continue to raise awareness we would be extremely grateful.

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