Coronavirus update - Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care

We are now almost three months into ‘the new normal’ due to Coronavirus. I’m sure you will agree, it’s had a huge impact (and restrictions) on our lives - what we do and how we do it. 

Being in lockdown has given many people the opportunity to reflect on their health and wellbeing, as well as proactively taking steps to boost their mental health and wellbeing through the range of support available – online and over the phone. The Kind to your Mind website – – offers a range of advice and activities that can support you with stress, anxiety or lack of sleep.

In addition, many people have used lockdown as an opportunity to get or keep active. From outdoors daily exercise that is permitted whilst adhering to social distancing guidance through to home-based activities such as joining in with ‘PE with Joe’ with the kids for his daily workout! You can keep active at home through chair based activities, doing the garden or dancing in your living room. More ideas to keep moving are available at

I understand these can be worrying times, particularly if you are in the ‘shielded group’ and advised to not leave the house. However, if you do feel unwell, please still contact your GP. They are available via phone or online to do consultations, so you don’t need to leave your house. GPs are reporting a reduction in referrals to specialist services, such a cancer teams, so if you do notice any changes to your body or you have concerns, please get them checked out (as you normally would).

This ‘new normal’ will be here for some time yet so please remember to stay safe and stay at home wherever possible.

Posted by on June 9th, 2020

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