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

Being asked to stay at home again is tough, but I know my constituents believe it is the right thing to do

“Although there will still be many long weeks ahead that will require us to once again make huge sacrifices, thanks to the extraordinary work of our scientists, our NHS and the resolve of everyone in Redditch, we now know the path to beating this virus and we are making vital progress.”

We must stay at home to protect our NHS

“I know the weeks ahead will be tough, but just like before, I know Redditch will come together in this national effort to tackle COVID-19. Please stay safe everyone and stay at home.”

Worcestershire moves to Tier 3 restrictions

“This New Year’s Eve lets follow the rules by staying at home to protect the Alex and save lives.”

Tiering Review Decision

“Residents have worked hard to bring down the infection rate in Redditch. The rate today is well below what the infection rate was when we first entered Tier 2 last month. Our rate is also below the West Midlands and England rate, and it also means we no longer have the highest infection rate in Worcestershire.”

Alex COVID-19 vaccinations to begin this week

“It’s fantastic news the Alexandra Hospital will be the first hospital in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to begin delivering the COVID-19 vaccination from this week.”

Statement on Tier System Vote

“Today, MPs face a choice, a difficult one, about how we handle the final months of this pandemic. While Labour will be abstaining in the vote on the tier system, a complete dereliction of duty, I will be taking my responsibility seriously.”

Rachel’s Westminster Diary for the Redditch Standard

“Last Friday I attended, virtually, the latest Redditch Town Deal Board meeting. This is the group of people, including local businessmen and women, community leaders and other partners, brought together to develop a Town Investment Plan to secure the up to £25 million Town Deal Redditch was awarded last year.”

Statement on Redditch Tier 2 Restrictions

“I know continued restrictions will be tough, especially given the efforts we have already gone to this year, but we can’t relent now, we can’t let our guard down, we must continue to follow the rules in order to drive down the infection rate further.”

Redditch COVID rate continues to fall

“Thanks to everyone’s hard work the infection rate is heading in the right direction. But we can’t let up now, let’s continue to follow the rules to ensure the infection rate falls further.”

Redditch COVID infection rate falls

“I am cautiously optimistic the infection rate in Redditch is now falling and heading in the right direction. However, this doesn’t mean we can let our guard down.”

  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