Getting essentials


If you take a regular prescribed medication and do not have enough to last throughout your self-isolation period, you will need to consider how you are going to obtain these from your GP. If you have a trusted friend, you could ask them to help you out or you can arrange for your medications to be delivered. This useful NHS accessing medications guide explains how to arrange for your medication to be delivered.


Food and provisions

You will need enough essential items to last you throughout your isolation period. If you have a trusted friend, they may be able to assist with this. However, an easy way to do this is to arrange a food delivery from one of the main supermarkets: 

You may want to consider adding these items to your shopping list to see you through the self-isolation period:

  • Non-perishable items
    Tinned soups, beans, tinned meat or fish, pasta, rice, noodles, cereal, crackers, tea and coffee, UHT/long-life milk
  • Toiletries and other provisions
    Toilet roll, toothpaste, shower gel, sanitary products, cleaning items such as disinfectant spray or wipes.

Food from local takeaways or food delivery services may also be appropriate but consider how sustainable this will be for a 14-day isolation period, from both a financial and health perspective.

If you are struggling to organise delivery of your essential items contact for a discussion about what support is available.


Test and Trace Support Payment

If you've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and meet the specified criteria, you may be eligible for financial support. Please see the Kirklees website for full details on the criteria and how you can apply.