Today the Secretary of State announced that Elmbridge has been move to ‘Tier 2’ restrictions given a significant increase in covid cases in recent weeks, with further restrictions coming into force on Saturday. It is essential we take action to protect the NHS and ensure we retain capacity not only for covid patients but also all continuing NHS service provision.
Tier 2 restrictions for high risk areas mean you cannot meet with other households indoors, whether at home or elsewhere, unless in a support bubble, while the rule of 6 still applies for outdoor meetings. Full details for the restrictions in areas with a high covid alert level is available here.
I have discussed the situation with Health Minister, Helen Wheatley and officials, and had discussions with the CEO of St Peter’s, leaders of Surrey and Elmbridge Councils, and other key local stakeholders.
I also today questioned the Secretary of State regarding the potential constraints on NHS capacity, and what the Government is doing to address these. You can view the question and response here.
We absolutely must protect NHS capacity to ensure we can save lives, not just from covid but all diseases and health conditions. St Peters and all our local healthcare is well positioned to meet the challenges ahead, if you do need help, don’t hesitate to contact NHS 111 or your GP, or in an emergency 999.