As part of the support being given for people who are currently shielding to keep themselves safe from the risk of Coronavirus, food parcel deliveries are being arranged for those who are shielding and do not have family or friends who can support with shopping.

1,700 Ceredigion residents will have received a letter advising them to shield due to their medical condition. Over the last fortnight Ceredigion County Council has been in touch with eligible residents who are shielding to discuss food parcel provisions.

Shielding is a measure to protect people who are ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ by minimising all interaction between those who are extremely vulnerable and others.

Welsh Government and the National Health Service are strongly advising people with serious underlying health conditions, which put them at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19), to rigorously follow shielding measures in order to keep themselves safe. Individuals identified by their GPs as being extremely clinically vulnerable will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), informing them of the shielding guidance.

Welsh Government are working with GP practices to make sure that recently diagnosed patients who meet the criteria or GP referrals for anyone who may have been missed are included when this information is passed onto Councils through a ‘shielded dataset’. Only once a patient appears on the shielded dataset are they to be counted as a shielded person and eligible for food parcels. The criteria is set by the Government.

Data sharing contracts have been agreed with major supermarkets in respect of those people who have been asked to take shielding measures. This will enable people on the shielded list to schedule priority delivery slots for food deliveries.

For those who feel that they meet the criteria of someone who needs to shield, but have not received a letter from the CMO, the advice is to contact their GP or Hospital Nurse who will make an assessment as to whether or not you should shield. For those who qualify for a letter in regards to the shielding scheme, their GP will make a referral to Welsh Government. Ceredigion County Council is unable to accept GP letters directly.

For those who do not meet the criteria of someone who needs to shield, but require support with grocery or medication delivery, visit the Coronavirus page for a list of options in their area. Ceredigion County Council is updating local resource lists three times a week, where people can be signposted to receive information on food deliveries and local community groups in the meantime.

More information for people who have been identified as being at a very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus can be found here.

Guidance on Shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus can be seen here.