COVID-19 – National and Local Case rate data
The government updates its COVID-19 case rate data daily. You can view this information and check COVID-19 case rates in your local postcode area here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
COVID-19 data for Wiltshire schools, hospitals and care homes, is available here: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus
Up-to-date information about the latest number of COVID-related deaths in the Wiltshire Council area can be found here: GOV.UK
The following graphic shows Wiltshire’s latest seven-day COVID-19 case rate (as of 23rd November).
Launch of new local COVID-19 contact tracing service
The council has launched its local COVID-19 contact tracing partnership, with the aim of contacting positive cases quickly and slowing the spread of the virus.
The council’s local service will support the NHS Test and Trace service and it will step in should the national team be unable to reach a person in Wiltshire who has tested positive for COVID-19.
If people are contacted by 0300 456 0100 they are urged to pick up as this will be Wiltshire’s contact tracers looking to pass on information and advice as well as establish any close contacts of the positive cases to ensure they too also self-isolate. People are asked to save the phone number in their phone’s contact list so that they know immediately who is trying to reach them. The council’s local tracing team is made up of members of its public health service.
Please find the latest advice about COVID-19 requirements here; https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance
National restrictions from 5 November
Applies to: England
COVID-19 case numbers are rising rapidly across the whole of the UK and in other countries. We must act now to control the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. That is why, from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, you must:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Close certain businesses and venues.
These new measures will reduce the growth rate of the virus, which will:
- prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed
- ensure schools, colleges and universities can stay open
- ensure that as many people as possible can continue to work
On Thursday 5 November these national restrictions replaced the Local Covid Alert Level measures.
The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to and including Wednesday 2 December. At the end of that period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
These measures will be underpinned by law. Police and other authorities will have powers to give fines and break up gatherings.
You can help to protect your friends and family by downloading the NHS COVID-19 App to keep updated on the latest guidance from Thursday 5 November
News about FLU VACINATIONS
We can confirm that Morrison’s pharmacy in Devizes would be willing to process small groups of around 6 or so people over 65 years of age with flu jabs. Times need to be pre-booked and paperwork completed on arrival. The space is sanitised between each and masks are required.
Individuals can also book their own appointment for a vaccine with Morrisons who currently have capacity.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): NORTH NEWNTON PARISH COUNCIL
Coronavirus Community Support
Hello all, hoping you are coping in these difficult times? We just want to say PLEASE DO NOT hesitate to contact one of us (details below) for ANY HELP you might need; NOTHING is too big or too small so please ASK.
Do you need help with essential shopping, collecting medicines or errands, lift to doctors appointment? Please contact any of us for help (details below please scroll down) – We will try and organise support from our Villages.
Bottlesford Area – please contact Kate Boulter 01672 852286 or 07771 63584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilcott Area – Please contact Gill Tatum 07979 866387 or email email@example.com
North Newnton Area – please contact Marcus Stoneham 07467 535622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any General Enquires please contact Gill Tatum 07979 866387 or email email@example.com
BE SAFE, BE ISOLATED BUT DON’T BE ALONE, PLEASE CALL US FOR HELP AND SUPPORT
The most up to date advice can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Thanks all for your support,
North Newnton Parish Council & Volunteers
For those villagers reliant on Pewsey Boots for their prescriptions, please note the following update as of 01/04/2020.
Boots in Pewsey have now adopted a pre -existing national Prescription Delivery Service, which operates on Tuesday and Thursday
Prescription Enquiry Line: 01672 563488
New opening hours are currently Mon-Fri 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
Sat 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4.30pm.
If you need a prescription from Upavon or elsewere please contact the 3 contacts above; Kate, Gill or Marcus.
Information on Local Shopping Deliveries
Hello all, we understand that food delivery ordering may be new to you. Several of our pubs and local shops are now providing deliveries or order by telephone and collect. So in addition to the larger supermarkets please find a list of local businesses that might help you. Please Scroll down for information
|Wiltshire Fruit & Veg||www.wiltshirefruitandveg.co.uk||01380 502498||Fruit & Veg boxes, eggs milk & cheese||Local Fridays Deliveries|
|Planks Farm Shopfirstname.lastname@example.org||01380 848691||Milk, plus lots more on contact||Devizes/local area|
|Walter Rose Butchers||01380 722335||Meat products||Orders over the phone|
|Seven Stars Bottlesford||www.thesevenstarsinn.co.uk||01672 851325||Delivery Menu; Pizzas, burgers, chicken wings, pie of the day.
Also shop for bread, flour, yeast vegs
|Will deliver within a 4 mile radius or you can collect through the ‘Corona Window’ at the front of the pub.|
|Red Lion , East Chisenbury||www.redlionfreehouse.com||01980 671124||Ready meals (heat and eat options) .also delivery £20 minimum order||East chisenbury – local 5 miles radius delivery|
|Woodborough Garden Centreemail@example.com
|Usual food basics / Deli style||Shop on line or call to order|
|Upavon Village Shop||01980
|Orders over the phone||Volunteer can collect for you|
|Woodborough Inn||Facebook page Woodbridge Inn Pewsey||01980
|Burgers and meals||Set days only at present offering meals can deliver|
Information for Families Supporting families at a distance V2
Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus
People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.
The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.
In Swindon, the average number of patients being sent by their GP to the Great Western Hospital for further investigations into symptoms that suggest cancer each week has dropped by more than 200 to 80.
Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”
“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.
“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.
“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”
Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.
The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.
Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.
- Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting www.bswccg.nhs.uk
- For information about local hospital services visit https://www.ruh.nhs.uk/, www.gwh.nhs.uk or www.salisbury.nhs.uk
- Further information on how to stay well throughout the coronavirus outbreak can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
Mental Health Support
Please check out this guide https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-coronavirus
A discussion about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
INFORMATION FROM THE JOB CENTRE
Please go to https://www.jobcentrenearme.com/
to help find your nearest Job Centre more easily.
INFORMATION ON TRAINING AND LEARNING
I’m Mary, I work as a partnership manager at Learnyay. Learnyay helps adults find free education courses and training. By connecting them with ESFA and local authority funded colleges, schools and training providers in their area. With many people furloughed and self-isolating, we feel it’s more important than ever to raise awareness about free education courses and training. Please LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING resources page – It’s https://www.learnyay.co.uk
Home learning will help people make the most of their time and cope better with self-isolation. It will also improve their employment prospects at a time when many jobs are a risk.
Information from The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust
During the current lockdown we would like to notify you of the services still available through The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to those over 60 or 18+ with a registered disability.
Our team of Home Security Operators are still securing the homes of victims of house crime and domestic abuse. Our office team are on hand to give telephone support and advice on a range of home security issues. Please call 01380 861155 and leave a message, your call will be returned within a few hours during working hours. Our operators are also delivering Personal Protective Equipment for Wiltshire Police across the County.
Our team of Stay Safe Online volunteers are available to offer telephone advice on a range of issues from improving cyber security awareness, to cyber and scam prevention advice and signposting to future advice and resources. Please call and leave a message on 01380 861191 and someone will get back you shortly.
WILTSHIRE CHARITY IS HELPING BEREAVED CHILDREN DEAL WITH THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
Wiltshire Treehouse, a children’s bereavement charity that works across Swindon and Wiltshire, is seeking to raise awareness about the effect coronavirus could have on children and young people, and the help that it can offer. As well as bringing back difficult feelings for children who have already experienced the death of someone special, deaths caused by coronavirus will lead to more children losing a loved one.
“It’s really important for young people to get help with their grief if they are struggling, particularly because being in lockdown allows your mind to run away with itself.” says Chloe Robinson, a peer supporter with Wiltshire Treehouse who received help from the charity after her Grandad died. “It is normal to think about the people we have already lost, and to worry about losing more loved ones, but it is really scary to be thinking about these things and have no-one to talk to.”
Wiltshire Treehouse are using phone and online support to help those in need, at a time when face to face help is not possible. Kath Brownlee, Bereavement Service Lead says “We anticipate that deaths from the coronavirus will present some unique challenges for families and their children. Social distancing means that saying goodbye to loved ones can be difficult, and some deaths will be sudden and unexpected. We can provide young people with an outlet for their feelings, whilst assisting parents to better understand how to help their grieving child.”
Details on how families can get help from Wiltshire Treehouse can be found at www.wiltshiretreehouse.org.uk
or contact Katherine Brownlee Bereavement Service Lead
01793 987105 / 0749 350 9750
New Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme opens for applications
Wiltshire Council has launched the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme after receiving over £7 million of Government funding to support local businesses.
This new scheme is aimed at those businesses required to close due to the national restrictions which started on 5 November 2020.
One-off grants will be awarded to eligible businesses to support them during the four-week closure and help them with the ongoing challenges presented by coronavirus. Eligible businesses that have:
- properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334
- properties with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000
- properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000
For support and advice, please contact:
Bonfires and COVID – 19
During the COVID -19 crisis we are asking residents to be sensitive to those living nearby and avoid having bonfires wherever possible. You can stockpile green waste, or use it to start composting to rot down material for use as a soil improver, or sign up for a garden green waste collection from Wiltshire Council or take it to the house hold recycling centre.
Never burn garden waste that is still green or recently cut, and never burn any other household waste.
Allotment committees and users, as well as householders have a particularly important role in ensuring responsible behaviour by their members.
To report an incident of a problem bonfire please Wiltshire Council through this link contact us. or visit http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/env-health-smoke-nuisance