Health & Wellbeing

Local support available during National Grief Awareness Week 2 – 8 December 2020

Families and individuals in Shropshire who have lost loved ones are being offered free bereavement counselling.

The reminder comes during National Grief Awareness Week (Wednesday 2 December – Tuesday 8 December 2020), which aims to get people talking about this typically uncomfortable subject.

Run by Shropshire Council with support from Samaritans, Severn Hospice, Cruse Bereavement Care and Crane Quality Counselling, the Bereavement Support Service offers one to one personalised counselling for people across the county.

Free bereavement counselling is available to everyone in Shropshire. People will be able to talk to a trained professional about how they are feeling and to seek advice. Experts from the charities can also suggest helpful ways to remember and pay tribute to loved ones.

You can access the free bereavement service by calling the Shropshire Council COVID-19 Helpline number on 0345 678 9028.

The line is available for anyone with questions or queries or looking for support and guidance. By ringing you can find out about the free and confidential bereavement services available, and you will receive support to arrange an appointment or get in touch directly.

Coronavirus: Shropshire to go into Tier 2 (High Alert) next week

Shropshire will be placed in the Tier 2 (High) local COVID alert when the four-week lockdown in England ends next week.

New restrictions in Shropshire will come into force on Wednesday 2 December as the county moves into the Tier 2 (High) local COVID alert.

Despite a reduction in the number of positive cases in the past week, Shropshire’s current 7-day infection rate sits at 168.7 per 100,000 of the population.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, people must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting – including homes, pubs and restaurants – unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

From 00.01am on Wednesday 2nd December 2020, the new local alert level 2 restrictions for Shropshire will mean:

  • People must not socialise indoors with anyone who is not part of their household or support bubble, whether at home or in a public space
  • People can meet family and friends not in their household or support bubble in outdoor settings. When they do so, they must not meet in a group of more than six people
  • You should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants and can only serve alcohol with a substantial meal
  • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • Shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will reopen
  • Schools, colleges, universities and places of worship will remain open
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) and spectator sport and business events, is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors.
  • Organised grassroots sport will be able to resume

The Government has also announced that up to three households will be able to form bubbles to meet up during a five-day Christmas period of 23 to 27 December. When a bubble is formed it is fixed and must not be changed or extended further at any point.

Each Christmas bubble can meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place. The bubbles will be fixed, so you will not be able to mix with two households on Christmas Day and two different ones on Boxing Day. Households you are in a Christmas bubble with can’t be in others.

Coronavirus: Shropshire COVID-19 update 13 – 19 November 2020

During the 7-day period from 13 – 19 November 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 545 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 245 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 168.7 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 312.6 per 100,000
  • For England it was 227.1 per 100,000
  • 149 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 55 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 33% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 29% were in North Shropshire
  • 38% in South Shropshire

Coronavirus: Shropshire COVID-19 update (6 November -12 November 2020)

This is taken directly from Shropshire Council’s website.

During the 7-day period from 6 November –12 November 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 790 new cases reported
  • This was an increase of 113 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 244.5 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 354.9 per 100,000
  • For England it was 269.5 per 100,000
  • 175 cases relate to 20-29-year olds
  • 80 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 39% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 30% were in north Shropshire
  • 31% in south Shropshire

You can find out how many cases are in your local area here


If you are asked to self-isolate, please do. We have come across some people that don’t. If you don’t, you are putting people’s lives at risk, including your own family and friends.

You can be asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, a nursery, school, college, university, workplace or by any health professional. Even if you have no symptoms, you must follow these rules:

Do not:

Visit family or friends

Go to any shops or supermarkets: instead, order food online or ask for help

Go outside to exercise or walk your dog

Go to work, university, college or school: instead, work or study from home if you can

Use public transport, taxis or share a car

Attend parties or other events, even if these are outside.

Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. All tests must be booked in advance. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.

Stay Home, stay safe, look after each other – and thank you for Stepping Up Shropshire.

Coronavirus: Shropshire COVID-19 update (30 October – 5 November 2020)

This is taken directly from the Shropshire Council website:

During the 7-day period from  30 October –  5 November 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 677 new cases reported
  • This was an increase of 157 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 209.5 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 304.1 per 100,000
  • For England it was 240.5 per 100,000
  • 108 cases relate to 20-29-year olds
  • 87 of cases relate to people aged 70+
  • We have seen an increase in outbreaks linked to schools and workplaces
  • During the last week 42% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 24% were in North Shropshire
  • 34% in South Shropshire
  • There are positive cases in every ward across Shropshire

The testing rate in Shropshire is still lower than many places across the country. People with symptoms of coronavirus – no matter how mild – are being encouraged to book a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.

Local testing sites can be found at:

  • Beatrice Street Car park,, Oswestry, SY11 1QW
  • Whitchurch Rugby Club, 21 Edgeley Road, Whitchurch SY13 1EU
  • London Road Car Park, Shrewsbury, SY2 6NS

Testing is available for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19, such as a high temperature, a new cough, or a change in sense of taste or smell, or thinks they may have the virus.

Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.

Shropshire Covid-19 update (23-30 October 2020)

The following is taken directly from the Shropshire Council website:

During the 7-day period from 23 October to 30 October 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 576 new cases were reported
  • This was an increase of 244 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 178.3 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population
  • For the West Midlands it was 204.6 per 100,000
  • Infection rates in the over 60s have increased significantly in the last 7 days
  • 76% of cases were not related to outbreaks or clusters (i.e. one or two cases)
  • 6% were linked to care homes
  • Over the past 7 days, we saw positive cases in all but one of Shropshire’s electoral divisions

We are now in a four-week national lockdown, so it is important that people follow the guidance to help stop the spread of the virus .

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in private gardens with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.
  • Individuals can meet one other person from another household outside in a public place.
  • Children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

You can also help to stop the spread by:

  • Washing your hands
  • Wearing face coverings when required
  • Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms

Stay safe, look after each other – and thank you for stepping up Shropshire.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (16-22 October 2020)

The following is taken directly from Shropshire Council:

During the 7-day period from 16 October to 22 October 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 332 new cases of coronavirus were reported
  • This was an increase of 73 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven day infection rate for Shropshire was 102.7 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 204.6 per 100,000
  • For England it was 207.2 per 100,000
  • 77 cases related to people aged between 20-29
  • The average age for positive cases was 42
  • 36 cases were reported in work settings
  • During the last week 34% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 32% were in North Shropshire
  • 29% in South Shropshire
oronavirus cases in Shropshire between 16th October -22nd October

We have also seen a rise in the number of cases in the over 70s.

Shropshire remains in Tier One (Medium risk), under which the Rule of Six and a 10pm curfew for hospitality venues is in place.

But tougher coronavirus restrictions are now a step closer to being implemented in Shropshire due to the huge surge in the number of positive cases.

We are asking people to consider limiting the number of people you come into contact with – the fewer people you see, the less chance you have of catching and spreading the virus.

Coronavirus: Further restrictions ‘a step closer’ as Shropshire’s coronavirus cases continue to rise

Tougher coronavirus restrictions are now a step closer to being implemented in Shropshire following a huge rise in the number of positive cases.

The number of cases in Shropshire has surged again this week, at one point reaching a rate of 128.74 per 100,000 over 7 days.

Step Up and help us stop the spread of coronavirus:

  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance from people not in your household bubble (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Stick to a maximum group of 6 people when meeting socially – indoors or outdoors
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will meet people you do not normally meet.
  • Anyone who has any symptoms should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days. Those living in households should self-isolate for 14 days if they or any members of the household receive a positive test.
  • You can book a test by calling 119 or click here

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Visiting to all wards suspended at Shropshire’s acute hospitals

Visiting has been suspended to all wards at Shropshire’s two acute hospitals to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, said the decision to suspend visiting had not been made lightly and aims to reduce the number of people coming into the hospitals, to protect patients.

The changes are now in effect across all wards and will remain in place until further notice.

There are some exceptions to the restrictions which are:

  • Children’s Ward
  • Maternity
  • Neonatal unit
  • End of life care patients

Full details concerning the restrictions are available on www.sath.nhs.uk

Coronavirus: The ‘Swiss cheese’ approach to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19

This maybe sounds a little bizarre, but it is a different way of thinking about the precautions we choose to take.

A stack of Swiss cheese can help protect you from coronavirus / COVID-19. Well, physically, it cannot. But the idea can.

Think of all the measures designed to keep us safe

  • Social distancing
  • Hand hygiene
  • Face coverings
  • Surface cleaning
  • Self-isolating
  • Testing

We should all be doing these things or be ready to do them, but none of them are 100% effective on their own.

Each measure is a bit of like a slice of Swiss cheese. There are holes in it, and so the virus can get through in certain ways. But if we follow all these measures and stack them together, it’s less likely the holes in every slice of cheese will align to make as clear a path through the entire stack.

So basically, if we follow all the measures designed to keep us safe, the chances of us either having or spreading the virus are vastly reduced.