The current NHS advice is that, if you believe you have symptoms associated with Covid, you should to take a lateral flow test and isolate at home for five days if you test positive to avoid passing it on to others, although, this is not a legal requirement. 

You should keep away from anyone likely to be particularly vulnerable because of their age or a pre-existing condition for 10 days and, if you do have to go out in public when you are unwell, you are encouraged to wear a mask, avoid crowded indoor spaces and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.

If you are concerned about your symptoms or believe they are getting worse, you are advised to visit, call 111 or call your local GP surgery.

You will find additional useful resources and further information by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

Here are a few reminders:

Prevent COVID - 19

Main Symptoms

  1. Do you have a new and continuous cough?
  2. You you have a fever?
  3. Is there a change in your sense of smell or taste?


If you answer yes to any of these questions call NHS helpline on 111


If you are unwell and don’t know what to do call the NHS 111 helpline – do not go to your surgery unless instructed to do so.


Mobile Covid-19 testing centre for Hereford is located at the Merton Meadow car park.  The unit offers tests from 10.30am until 3.30pm each day. Book your test by ringing NHS 119 or online at


The community’s support for neighbours and friends in vulnerable groups has worked well. However, as restrictions relaxed over the summer those connections may benefit need revisiting for the coming winter season. Support for basic services will need to continue for some time to come, especially if movement restrictions are enhanced during the coming months.  Please be particularly aware of the spectre of loneliness among those who continue to self isolate. Dorstone’s Corona-Buddy system has worked well to help, assisting with:Checking vulnerable neighbours have sufficient food and, where necessary, delivering supplies to your front door.

  • Calling by phone for a regular chat and at the end of the phone if needed.
  • Encourage physical exercise in the garden, walking the dog, etc where appropriate.
  • Arranging to pick up prescriptions.
  • Helping contact NHS 111 if the need arises


Here are a few recommendations to help you stay well prepared for the months ahead.

  • Keep your fitness up through sensible nutrition and regular exercise. 
  • Take advantage of the clement weather days to get outside for walks before the winter sets in.
  • Remember to take advantage of the winter flu jab.
  • During this time of increased Test and Trace, be ready to self-isolate for 14 days should the call come to you. This may happen out of the blue so get ready now whilst you can.


  • DFR remains closed. However the porch offers a handy pickup point.  
  • The Pandy Inn remains open for take-out and limited booked indoor meals. Call 01981 550273 for details. Neighbours with internet access will have menu details.
  • Groceries Some members of the village have volunteered to picking up groceries for those who are self isolating and have no access to online ordering. If you need help call Lisa at The Pandy, 01981 550273.
  • Prescription Collection There is a rota of volunteers collecting prescriptions from Hay, Staunton and Peterchurch Surgeries. For information please call Lisa at The Pandy, 01981 550273.

Community Resources

Dorstone Parish Council Facebook Page is publishing uptodate information on the response to the Coronovirus Emergency.

Dorstone Forum Facebook Page also is also publishing useful information regarding how parishioners can work together during this period

DFR is publishing a regular CovidCast newsletter on the well known DFR Blast distribution list. To ensure you are included in the distibution send an email request to