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 improvement to urgent care access

From October, as part of improvements to urgent and emergency care services, the County’s hospitals, including the A&E at the Alex, have been selected to be an early implementer of a national programme called NHS 111 First.

Rachel urges everyone in Redditch to download new NHS Covid-19 app

Rachel has issued a rallying call to everyone in Redditch to play their part in the fight against coronavirus by downloading the new NHS Covid-19 app.

Rachel welcomes £500 million for social care to reduce coronavirus transmission over winter

The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra £546 million to help the care sector restrict the movement of staff between care homes to stop the spread of the virus.

Rachel delivers on promise to secure a Redditch COVID-19 Test Centre

“I’m pleased to confirm Redditch will be getting this facility. Worcestershire public health officials have told me this walk-in facility will be located at the Abbey Stadium and it will open in around two weeks’ time.”

Rachel writes to health boss about GP services

Rachel has written to the Chief Executive of the NHS Herefordshire & Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Simon Trickett, regarding GP services in Redditch.

Update on COVID-19 in Redditch

“I’m pleased to see the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Redditch has fallen in the past seven days. From the spike of 25 cases we saw, this has now fallen to 12 cases last week.”

Rachel: Redditch is still open for business

“I hope residents will continue supporting our town’s small and independent businesses as they have been doing since they were allowed to re-open.”

Statement on COVID-19 in Redditch

“It was important I met with Public Health at Worcestershire County Council this afternoon following an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Redditch in the last seven days. I hope I can provide residents with some reassurance following this meeting.”

Prime Minister’s New Deal critical to plans to revitalise and rebuild Redditch

In Dudley today (June 30th), Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out an ambitious economic strategy to rebuild Britain, putting jobs, skills and infrastructure investment at the heart of the Government’s economic recovery post-coronavirus.

Rachel urges people to help tourism bounce back in Redditch following reopening on 4th July

“I hope people get out to support the tourism and hospitality businesses which are reopening and which are so vital to our local economy and jobs.”

  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
✅ 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