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 have been shielding

If you are one of more than 2 million people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and were advised to shield during the peak of the pandemic, current government advice is that you do not need to shield at the moment because rates of coronavirus in the community have significantly dropped.  The most up to date advice is summarised here and is available in more detail on the NHS website 

What Has changed?

The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means:

  • you do not need to follow previous shielding advice
  • you can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible
  • clinically extremely vulnerable children should attend education settings in line with the wider guidance on reopening of schools
  • you can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
  • you can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre, plus other precautions
  • you should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
  • you will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service

If transmission of COVID-19 increases

You could be advised to shield again if the situation changes and there is an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

Areas affected by local lockdown

If you live in an area which is subject to a local lockdown specific advice is available

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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