Getting essentials


The pharmacy that you normally use might offer a delivery service so please contact them directly if you are unable to collect your medication due to self-isolation. Alternatively, during periods of self-isolation, when you are unable to leave the house you may want to ask a trusted friends to collect your medication on your behalf. Whatever option you choose it is important to ensure that you take any regular prescribed medications consistently and don't miss these during periods where you are required to self-isolate.


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 shopping for you during this time. However, an easy way to do this is to arrange a food delivery from one of the main supermarkets: 

You may want to be prepared and have some essential items stored away in case you have to self-isolate. See our suggestions below for ideas of what you might want to have in stock:

  • 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 period of isolation, from both a financial and health perspective.