Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new 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 NHS Test and Trace service launch

The launch of the NHS Test and Trace service will be supported by Redditch’s strong community spirit according to Rachel. Launched today (May 28th), the service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. From...

Rachel praises carers as Worcestershire to receive an extra £7.4 million to support care homes

Rachel has welcomed the announcement that Worcestershire County Council will receive £7,452,377 to support care homes in Redditch and across the county.

Rachel welcomes job retention scheme extension

On Tuesday (May 12th), Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.

Small businesses boosted by bounce back loans

The new Bounce Back Loans scheme, which will provide loans of up to £50,000, will help bolster the existing package of support available to the smallest businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rachel welcomes extra £12.4 million for local council services in Worcestershire

This extra £1.6 billion takes the total additional funding to councils through this crisis to over £3.2 billion – an unprecedented level of extra financial support in recent times.

Rachel welcomes further expansion of access to coronavirus testing

This will mean people who cannot work from home and those aged 65 and over can know for sure whether they have coronavirus and need to continue isolating. Members of their households with symptoms – a new continuous cough or high temperature – will also be eligible for testing.

Rachel to join minute silence for health & care workers

At 11am this morning, I’ll be joining in the one minute silence to remember, to recognise and to honour the NHS and other key workers who have made the ultimate sacrifice and have lost their lives in the fight against coronavirus.

608 small businesses in Redditch receive Government coronavirus support

608 business properties in Redditch have already received grants as part of the Government’s Small Business Grants Scheme. In total, £7,145,000 has made its way to small businesses in the area.

Rachel reminds residents to use County Council’s Here2Help service

This week, Rachel spoke to the Leader of the Worcestershire County Council, Cllr Simon Geraghty, and Chief Executive Paul Robinson to discuss the council’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Rachel praises NHS bosses for ‘herculean’ coronavirus planning efforts

A number of issues were discussed including the ramping up of staff testing, acute & intensive care bed capacity and PPE for hospital staff.

  Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 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 7 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
 Do
 Don’t
✅ 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