Thousands of letters are being sent out to vulnerable people who are registered with a Wolverhampton GP to provide them with essential advice and guidance to help them stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

The City of Wolverhampton Council and Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning group is writing to everyone aged 70 and over in the city, and to under 70s who are living with a long term condition.

Thousands of letters are being posted and will be landing on doormats over the coming week.

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: "Supporting the most vulnerable in our city is an absolute priority for the council and health services. That’s why we are writing to those who are most at risk of coronavirus to compliment the work taking place nationally to raise awareness of what we all need to be doing at this time.”

Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health John Denley said: "We are writing to tens of thousands of people who we believe are at a higher risk of getting very ill, and therefore needing hospital care, if they get coronavirus – either because of their age and because of underlying health conditions.

"The letters provide a wide range of information, including the latest Government guidance around social distancing, as well as advice about keeping happy, healthy and connected while people are staying at home.

"Importantly, there is also information about what vulnerable people should do if carers or family members who usually support them are unable to do so, including about the support available from local voluntary services to get essential food, shopping and medication, run urgent medication or to maintain social contact with others.”

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that many vulnerable people are very worried about what the next few weeks will bring, and how they are going to cope when they have to stay at home for a prolonged period.

“We hope these letters will provide reassurance, and complement any national guidance or information which may be provided in the coming weeks.”

There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus at NHS - Coronavirus (COVID-19). For further information and guidance, please also visit the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information.

The council has also launched a new Stay Safe, Be Kind social campaign offering clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind.