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.
The Government has announced an end to COVID-19 restrictions in England.
- Staff and students in most education and childcare settings are no longer advised to take twice-weekly lateral flow tests.
The legal obligation to self-isolate is lifted. However, as with many other infectious illnesses, public health guidance remains in place:
People who test positive are strongly advised to stay at home and avoid contact with others. Current guidance is available here
Fully vaccinated close contacts of a positive person no longer have to test for seven days although it is still advisable to do so.
Unvaccinated close contacts of a positive person are no longer required to self-isolate but they are advised to test for seven days.
Contact tracing has ended.
Self-isolation support payments has ended.
From Thursday 24 March
- COVID-19 eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay and Employment and Support Allowance will end.
From 1st April 2022
- Free COVID-19 testing for all will end. The government will continue to provide free tests for people in the most at-risk groups. More details to follow.
- The use of Covid passports will no longer be recommended, except for international travel
- Employers will no longer have to consider Covid as a separate risk when working out how to keep employees safe.
- The existing 'Working Safely' guidance will be replaced with new public health guidance.
We will update our pages as soon as more details are available.
Find out more about the Government's Living with COVID-19 Strategy
Protect your community
Restrictions may have gone but COVID-19 has not. It is more important than ever we continue to be careful and remember those who may feel anxious about being out and about or be more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
Let's not undo our hard work. We can all play our part to support our community by being kind, caring and supportive of one another.
To limit the spread of the virus our advice is:
To have all doses of the vaccine, and the booster, without delay. There are a range of walk-in sessions available, find out more here.
If you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home, get tested and limit contact with other people. You must make your manager aware if you receive a positive test. You should follow current public health advice about how long to stay at home
If you feel unwell – please do not share your germs. Stay at home until you feel better
To practise good hand hygiene – washing your hands with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other viruses.
To wear a face-covering in all indoor public venues and on public transport.
If you are pregnant it's especially important you are fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your baby. Talk to your midwife if you need more information to make a decision.
To meet people outdoors or in well-ventilated places, and in smaller numbers.
You can find out more about the key things we can do to keep life moving here.
You may find these contacts useful:
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.