Local covid information
Contact NHS 111 or your GP if you or someone you live with is unwell.
GP’s are offering telephone appointments and are seeing patients if needed. A&E is open for urgent health needs and have procedures in place to help protect staff and patients, it is important to get any serious health needs treated (such as asthma attacks, broken bones, heart attacks) to avoid further illness or long term health conditions.
If you or someone you know has one or more of the Coronavirus symptoms you can book a free test. If you need help to book a test call 01924 22 44 97
For the latest government advice about Covid 19 (Coronavirus) click here or visit the NHS 111 website here
There are two different types of COVID-19 testing available and it is important that you access the right one:
Tests for people with symptoms (symptomatic testing or PCR); and
Regular testing for people going out to work who don't have symptoms (symptom-free testing or LFT)
Look out for symptoms. If you have any sign of a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please take action now, by isolating immediately and getting a test by accessing local testing or by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
- To have all doses of the vaccine, and the booster, without delay. There are a range of walk-in sessions available.
- To limit mixing with those who are not in your household. Where possible, meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places, and in smaller numbers.
- If you are a contact who doesn’t need to self-isolate, please be considerate, use lateral flow tests as advised by NHS Test and Trace and limit your contact with others as much as possible.
- If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may still need to self-isolate. Check the guidance here.
- It may be possible to leave isolation early. People will be able to leave self-isolation seven days after the date of their first positive test if they get two negative lateral flow test results, 24 hours apart, on days six and seven. If they get a positive result on day six, they can leave isolation the day of their second negative test.
- From 11 January if you test positive on a lateral flow test, you do not need a follow-up PCR test. You should report your result on www.gov.uk/coronavirus and self-isolate for 10 days.
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) must isolate immediately and take a PCR test.
- Residents may be eligible for both a COVID-19 booster and free flu vaccination, find out more here.
- Wear a face-covering in all indoor public venues. This is now a legal requirement except in hospitality settings.
- Consider getting a lateral flow test before you mix with others who are not in your household.
- Face-coverings are required in most public venues, you can find out where here
- COVID-19 passes are mandatory for nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather. You can find out how to get your COVID-19 vaccine pass here
- People should work from home if they can.
The biggest thing we can all do is to get all vaccines when invited. You can find out how to book yours here
You may find these contacts useful both now or when things are a little more normal
Wakefield Council – helpline
Wakefield Council have a helpline if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is at risk (shielding) and cannot go out tel; 0345 8 506 506 chose option 3 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). The helpline can put you in touch with the appropriate service or organisation, this may be the local foodbank or community hubs who have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collect medication for you or someone you are worried about (maybe a sick or older family member or neighbour). They can even arrange for someone to telephone the person just to check they are ok and have a friendly chat.
You can contact us during our ‘drop in and chat’ service on here if you’re feeling a bit down or have something good to share.
The Community Hubs are offering different services but all of them have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collecting medication for you or someone you are worried about. A few hubs are also providing cooked meals once a week for someone who is older or shielding and living on their own.
Visit this website for a list of the community hubs. You can ring them if you need support but they may be busy so keep ringing or email them.
Help at the Hub- a new service in your area to help you with the impacts of the COVID crisis on jobs, finances and much more. Click here to find out more.
Wakefield Cares Volunteering
The Community hubs welcome volunteers, so if you are over 18 years old and want to help with shopping, walking the dog, making food parcels or having a chat with someone on the phone visit volunteerwakefield.org
If you are under 18 perhaps ask a neighbour if they need any help (keeping 2 metres away of course) or you could writing a letter, make a card or be creative and make hearts or knit them so they can be put in the food parcels to cheer someone up who is self- isolating or donate to a local residential home.
Wakefield Cares - Electric and Heating Worries
On a pre-payment meter or are you unable to leave the home to add credit for gas or electric or you have no money for food or fuel? Speak to your supplier to discuss their options to keep you supplied or contact Wakefield Council 0345 8 506 506.
Young Healthwatch Wakefield Survey
Young Healthwatch is your local champion when using health and care services.
- gives you a voice
- involves you
- provides free confidential advice and information
- listens to your experiences
- tells people who plan and run services what you think
“We want to hear about your experiences. Everything you tell us is confidential and we won’t ask for any personal details. It is up to you if you would like to take part. If you do, your feedback will help the people who make decisions improve health and care services for children and young people in Wakefield District.”
Click here for Places for Support and here to take part in the ongoing Young Healthwatch Survey. Click here if you would prefer to download, print and freepost the survey.