Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. The approach of the government, supported by opposition parties, is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Officer, Sir Patrick Vallance; their task is not easy, but as your local MP, I am 100% supportive.

The UK’s response is not reactionary, it is based on clinical, scientific and medical evidence. This section of the website sets out both the health advice and other efforts to help support businesses and our public services.

  Latest News

Rachel welcomes new investment at the Alexandra Hospital

“The new mobile operating theatre at the Alexandra Hospital demonstrates what an essential role Redditch’s hospital plays in the delivery of healthcare in Worcestershire.”

Rachel praises support for children following out-of-school club visit

Throughout the summer, Funzone has been able to offer places to children who receive Free School Meals after the Government scaled up it’s £220 million Holiday Activities and Food Programme.

Rachel continues Working Group discussions over Alex services

“I was re-elected to fight to return a maternity and children’s service to the Alex, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.”

An update on the Garden Suite

The Acute Trust cannot use COVID as a cover to change the way they provide chemotherapy in Worcestershire.

Redditch schools benefiting from Government’s £200 million Summer School Programme

The summer schools will provide a range of extra-curricular and academic catch-up activities to boost young people’s opportunities to catch-up.

An update on the Garden Suite

Writing for the Redditch Standard (July 23rd), Rachel said: Given the Alexandra Hospital’s history, I know it’s hard, putting it mildly, to believe local health bosses when they say the re-location of the Garden Suite chemotherapy unit from the Alexandra Hospital to...

Ending of COVID restrictions

“We have to learn to live with this virus – and that’s the approach the Government is taking. It is the right approach.”

An update on the Garden Suite

"An update on the Garden Suite for you. As promised, I said I'd keep you in the loop and that I would update you if there was anything to say. "This week I've been speaking to the Acute Trust because, as you may remember, they told us that, “in the summer,” they will...

55% of Redditch adults now fully vaccinated

As the most successful vaccination campaign in UK history continues, 40,527 people in Redditch are fully vaccinated.

Milestone reached as 50% of all Redditch adults now fully vaccinated

Rachel said: “Thanks to the UK’s most successful vaccination campaign in history, today we have reached a new milestone in Redditch with 50% of all adults having now received both doses of the COVID Vaccine. “I’d like to thank everyone involved in this huge national...
  Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:
  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.
  How long to stay at home
  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 10 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
  Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Use the NHS 111 coronavirus service
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
  How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
✅ wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
✅ always wash your hands when you get home or into work
✅ use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
✅ cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
✅ put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
✅ try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
❌ do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean