Coronavirus - A Message from Dr Dan Poulter

Whether you are struggling with your health, finances or adjusting to this new way of life, I know that it is difficult.  It is during times like these that we start to truly appreciate all the services and industries that make our great country work.

Our doctors and nurses are on the frontline battling against this invisible enemy.  It is obvious how important all our services are in this fight against Coronavirus – our Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Crew and all those serving in our Armed Forces.  This list goes on and we are all so grateful.

In this important battle, I too have been given leave by the Government to return to the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic as an NHS doctor, but I want you to know that I am still here to help you as your local MP.

We also need to remember to thank the unsung heroes in this fight – our refuse and rubbish collectors, cleaners, shop staff, council workers, school workers and teachers and all those caring in the community.  These are the people who are increasingly taking extra risks to keep us safe and we should never underestimate the work they do or the sacrifices that they make.

Here in Suffolk we have a great track record of coming together to help those in need and to support each other.  In recent weeks, our local councils and community groups have come together with Suffolk County Council to launch “Home, but not alone” – a new service connecting local volunteers with those in need of help.  Volunteers can sign up via a free app – Tribe Volunteer, and the telephone number for those in genuine need of help is 0800 876 6926.  Lines are staffed from 9am to 5pm  days a week.

It is important to remember that we will all get through this.  Our Government, local authorities and the NHS are there for us 24/7.  They are our safety net when things go wrong and it is right that they are there.  Yet we must all play our part to make sure that they do not become overwhelmed. 

So please, follow the Government’s advice – Stay At Home, Protect our NHS and Save Lives.

Remember that we are all in this together and looking out for one another, we will all get through this together.