CLWYD South MP Simon Baynes has praised an ‘excellent’ council initiative whereby vulnerable residents are contacted to check on their wellbeing and offer community support during the coronavirus outbreak.

Everybody receiving shielding letters from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales and living in the Denbighshire Council area will also be called by a council officer to arrange community support or food box deliveries if required.

So far, more than 2,000 residents have been contacted and support provided has included referrals to community groups or local charities for help with, for example, advice about finances, grocery shopping or dog walking.

Simon Baynes said: “We’re all worried about our vulnerable relatives and neighbours at this difficult and uncertain time.

"So I’m glad Denbighshire Council has taken the initiative to contact those who may be feeling isolated and could do with some extra help getting shopping or prescriptions delivered.

“I’d urge anyone concerned about a friend, relative or neighbour to get in touch with the council so they can arrange a call-back as soon as possible.

"As ever, if someone has an issue or concern, or if there’s anything I can do to help you, please get in touch with me on”

Any residents who believe they fall into one of the categories of extremely vulnerable people and have not received a letter from the Welsh Government can discuss their concerns with their GP or hospital clinician.

If anyone is worried about themselves or a friend, relative or neighbour they can call the council on 01824 706000 and a call-back can be arranged as soon as possible.