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Shielding and support for you

We're here for you if you want to talk?

0808 2080 888

[email protected]

Coping with shielding

It can feel like you have no control during this time, but there are things you can do to help you cope.

Why are we shielding?

Last updated: 17 April 2020

Shielding is the safest thing to do to protect you from complications of coronavirus. It may seem severe, but it's a necessary measure to keep everyone as safe as possible, and to help the NHS cope with the cases that do happen. If you’re not sure about following this guidance, speak to your healthcare team – they are best placed to advise you.

You might find our web pages on living well with or after blood cancer helpful – there are tips and videos on exercises and relaxation you can do at home.

Practical things

Last updated: 17 April 2020

  • Keep following the advice to regularly wash your hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds) with soap and water, or use a hand sanitiser.
  • Continue to avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
  • Look into local charities or local groups in your community that are offering help to people staying at home.
  • Tell your neighbours about your situation – they may be able to help with getting food or supplies to you.
  • If you do need a family member or friend to visit, get them to wash or sanitise their hands when they arrive, and keep 2 meters away from you at all times. People should not visit if they have a cough or any other symptoms.
  • If you are worried about getting supplies for home and don't have anyone nearby that can help, read our information on getting food, medication and government support.

Looking after your mental health

Last updated: 17 April 2020

Keeping a diary

Keeping a diary at this time may help. You can record your goals, things you've achieved, things that have helped you, and how you're feeling. Order your diary and see if it helps.

Tell us about your experience

You can help improve support for people with blood cancer by completing our impact of coronavirus survey. The results will help us understand the impact on people with blood cancer and help us support clinicians and the NHS.

Keep updated about coronavirus and blood cancer

Join our mailing list for key updates about coronavirus for people with blood cancer, what we're doing to help, and ways you can help, including campaigns you may be interested in.

Support for you

Call our free and confidential helpline on 0808 2080 888 from Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm, and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 1pm.

We are currently receiving a very high volume of calls related to coronavirus, so if you're not able to get through straight away, please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

You can also email us if you prefer to get in contact that way. We'll usually get back to you within two working days, but due to the current rate of calls and emails we are currently receiving it may take us longer.

Talk to other people with blood cancer on our Online Community Forum – there is a group for coronavirus questions and support.

The following companies have provided funding for our coronavirus support, but have had no further input: AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Celgene, Gilead, Incyte, Kyowa Kirin, Novartis, Pfizer, Sanofi, Takeda.