Queuing for Lloyds Pharmacy at 17.15 today. Photo credit Digby Stephenson

Many people in Henfield have now received letters from the NHS telling them that they are 'Extremely Vulnerable' and must be shielded from contact, not merely self-isolated. The Government has issued guidance on the extra precautions required.

Our Helpline appears to be working well with a small army of volunteer Henfield Helpers available to collect prescriptions and make deliveries. A scheme to reduce the queues outside Lloyds Pharmacy, whereby volunteers will collect multiple prescriptions in batches for delivery, is being tried out at the moment.

NB. You MUST leave 7 days between ordering and collecting your prescription, otherwise you will have a wasted journey. If you ordered less than 7 days ago your medicine will not be there yet.

The South East Coast Ambulance Trust (SECAmb) has today stood down all Emergency First Responder Schemes, for the protection of the volunteer responders and their families. This means that, for the first time in 16 years, HART will not be activated after a 999 call in the Henfield area. We hope that this interruption to the HART service will be as brief as possible and HART will release a further statement as soon as they are reinstated by the Ambulance Trust. In the meantime, the HART team members have all volunteered as Helpers

Henfield Parish Council issued a reminder of the new rules:

"The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread off the infection.That is why the Government has introduced three new measures.

1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces.
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the Police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible."

The government has today strengthened its instructions on Staying at home and away from others and has published a detailed list of Businesses and Premises to Close and what exceptions are allowed.

And finally, there was some good news for self-employed people when the Government announced they will be able to apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month.