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Community / Local coronavirus support hub aims to help most vulnerable

A NEW Shetland coronavirus support hub is being set up to provide support and information to vulnerable people who have received letters from Scottish Government advising them to stay inside for 12 weeks.

There is a hope, however, that the hub may be expanded over the next few weeks to support a wider group of people.

People in Shetland identified as being most at risk from coronavirus have begun to receive letters from the Scottish Government, advising them to self-isolate for twelve weeks.

The measures are intended to shield them from potentially catching Covid-19.

Delivery of medication and food supplies, if required, is being offered as part of a range of support.

Everyone who is sent a letter from the Scottish Government is being contacted initially by their local GP practice.

Recipients and their families will also be able to contact the Shetland Coronavirus Support Hub via the freephone number 0800 030 8780, or by email covid19support@shetland.gov.uk to access support and assistance.

Council leader Steven Coutts said: “We are aware that a number of people in Shetland have already received their letter, and more are on the way.  It contains a wide range of advice and contact details for organisations and services which will support those who need to isolate for twelve weeks, and I’d like to reassure everyone that an enormous amount of work is going into providing any support they may need.

“It may take time for teams to contact all recipients, so if you or a family member receive a letter, please don’t hesitate to use the Freephone number for the Shetland Coronavirus Support Hub if you have any unanswered questions or are in need of urgent advice – your call will go directly to a local team in community health and social care who can guide you through the process.”