Coronavirus updates from ESCC

Collated Information: Week commencing 1st June 2020

 

Carers Week, 8th-14th June 2020


This year’s Carers Week is focusing on `Making Caring Visible’. Keep an eye out on Care for the Carers website (https://www.cftc.org.uk/ ) and social media about how you can get involved. We’re encouraging carers and everyone to help raise awareness and recognise carers, especially during these difficult times. 

Throughout the week we would love to know what you are up to, so please share your experiences, ideas and activities through social media and tag us on Facebook @WealdenDAA

 

NHS Test and Trace service

(Source: Department of Work and Pensions)

The NHS Test and Trace service has been launched across England. The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. 

 Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. 

 People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 

 Find out more 

 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has teamed up with regulators and other bodies to produce a guide for pension savers.

(Source: Department of Work and Pensions)

 The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is the public body set up to protect people who have a defined benefit pension scheme with an employer who becomes insolvent. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Money and Pensions Service (MaPS), the Pensions Regulator (TPR), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Pensions Ombudsman have also worked in partnership with PPF and DWP to create a guide outlining protections in place, and directing savers to free, impartial advice.

The move comes as both the PPF and FSCS report an increase in the number of enquiries they have received from concerned pension savers seeking guidance during COVID-19. The TPR, FCA and MaPS are all actively working to raise awareness of the risk of pension scams at this time.

You can find the guide and more information on the campaign on the Pension Protect Fund website.

The Oyster Project 

The new online Oyster Project Groups will be starting specifically for people with memory problems or dementia and carers.

Please see attached flyer and link to the website for further details

http://www.oysterproject.org.uk/

 

Let’s talk face coverings! 

(source: East Sussex County Council)

The government guidance on face coverings has changed. If you are going into enclosed spaces that can be difficult to social distance, such as a supermarket or public transport, you should now wear a face covering if possible.  

The good news is that you can make a face covering from home using an old t-shirt. We’ve created an easy to follow guide here: Make you own face covering. 

Residents have been showing phenomenal amounts of community spirit in the face of some very difficult times. From handwritten offers of support through front doors to full scale production of scrubs for the NHS, find out how communities are helping to fight against Covid-19.

 

Preventing suicide in Sussex

(source: East Sussex County Council)

Suicide is a tricky subject to talk about, especially if you are concerned that someone you know is possibly thinking about taking their own life.

Whether you are concerned for someone else, or in need of support yourself, Preventing Suicide in Sussex has been launched to provide support for those in need. As well as knowing where to go for help, it is also important to know what to look out for if you are worried about a friend or a loved one.

If you are worried about someone, find out more about the warning signs and how you can help.

If you are thinking about suicide, you don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone. Please visit Preventing Suicide in Sussex website for help.

Accessing NHS services

NHS Good Sam Service

This is a support service by phone. Call them on  0808 196 3646 (open 8am to 8pm).

Observe the eligibility criteria:

  • People aged 70 years and older with underlying health conditions
  • If you are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ to COVID 19 group and have been sent a letter asking you to shield from the virus
  • People who are pregnant
  • If you are newly socially vulnerable as a result of COVID 19
  • People who are registered disabled
  • Others with high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People with serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised including because of cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity e.g. body mass index (BMI) over 40
    • Certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, dementia, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

River Lodge GP Surgery Covid19 bulletin

If you are concerned you have symptoms of Coronavirus please continue to access advice in the first instance via NHS 111 online, or by phoning 111 if you do not have computer access, or if your symptoms are becoming significantly worse.

Patients whom NHS 111 deem to require further assessment will be given a GP appointment time to attend River Lodge Surgery to see a GP who will meet them outside (the GP will be dressed in PPE equipment) in the ‘hot hub’ assessment drive-thro facility.

For most patients, they will be assessed in their car; measuring pulse, oxygen levels and breathing rate. This will allow rapid safe checking of those patients where we need to decide who needs hospital assessment, who can be reassured and advised to continue self-care at home or who needs treatment for a coexisting condition.

This unit is working by appointment only, and we are not yet able to test specifically for the virus but are making quite accurate clinical diagnosis in the vast majority of cases.

The unit will allow rapid and efficient patient assessment in as safe an environment for staff and other patients as we can achieve.

Patients not thought to be at risk of having active Covid infection but needing face to face assessment for any other conditions will be given a GP appointment time at either School Hill or Anchor Field Surgery – the ‘cold’ sites. Please be aware, we are measuring the temperature of all patients on arrival. If your temperature is above 37.8 you may be re-directed to the ‘hot hub’ site if this is felt appropriate. This is for the protection of other vulnerable patients who may be attending the ‘cold sites’, and to minimise the risk of staff infection.

We would like to thank our patients for continuing to actively engage with social distancing, self-isolation, household 14 day quarantining and shielding/supporting those that are shielding. We are also grateful for the understanding people are showing in terms of the limitations the situation is placing on usual day-to-day healthcare. Proactive management of health conditions remains a high priority. We are extremely appreciative of the support and co-operation we have had from our local community pharmacies, as well as all the other community services working alongside us.

Useful resources to help you through Covid19

We’ve collected together some resources to help you get through the Covid19 emergency. Firstly, there are some useful sources of information on obtaining help, supplies, and services locally. Secondly, there are some text and video posts to help keep you fit, well, and connected to your loved ones and community.

Local resources

LewesCoronavirusVolunteers (LCV)

We are linked in with the town-wide group Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers (find them on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/LewesCoronavirusVolunteers/). We can call on them for additional resources, including a Foodbank Lewes Foodbank and other supplies.

Local Traders

Local businesses who are still trading as of 26th March are listed here Local businesses

The fruit and veg men from the stall in town are now doing home delivery as per this link  https://lewes.co.uk/vegboxes/

The neighbourhood networking website/app Nextdoor is a great place to look for local resources – food and other suppliers have posted that they can do local deliveries and many others have posted how they can be of help to those in need.

Mount Harry Stores

People can call Bobby – manager at Premier, in Mount Harry Road on the Nevill – on 01273 473776 or 07479 500900. He can take an order over the phone, bag it and deliver between 8pm and 10pm. Preference to do this for urgent/isolation need. £10 min spend.
Payments from home: cash payment at the door – he can call the customer with the bill so they can have the cash ready/leave on doorstep.
– online bank transfer prior to delivery. Once a payment is made, the customer can take a screen shot of their online receipt / confirmation of Bacs payment and whatsapp it to him. Then he can deliver. Presumably not the easiest for many NGN clients though!
If he needs help with delivery /shopping orders he will advise the customer to call Nevill Good Neighbours. He has your flyers in the shop for people to take.( I explained that NGN will find a volunteer in their team to arrange the shopping trip / delivery needed. He advised that volunteers should be 18yrs or over due to potential of ordering alcohol.)
Newspaper deliveries:
People can call the shop to set up delivery to their house. Any paper can be ordered in. Papers are delivered between 8 and 8.30am. Sundays around 9am. Might be worth mentioning that the paper boy is using gloves on his rounds.
It seems that payment arrangements are made on an individual basis and currently most people pay weekly by coming in the shop or leaving money in an envelope to be picked up by delivery person. Bacs may also be possible here.
Costs of newspaper delivery are:
Papers delivered 1 or 2 times a week: £1 weekly + daily cost of paper
Papers delivered 3-7 times a week: £2.90 weekly + daily cost of paper
He also offered to reserve papers at the shop for free if people couldn’t afford delivery fee.

Other Services

The East Sussex Library Service are now offering an e-Library

ESCC have issued the following transport bulletin for the Lewes area:

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Other resources

Nevill Residents Association have a comprehensive new  website with a great deal of useful local information. Covd19 topics include businesses providing deliveries and takeaways, and learning at home.

The BBC have produced a simple guide to video calling BBC guide to video calling.

To keep your spirits up while we are all confined, check out our post from a Chinese citizen on how they made the most of their lockdown Light at the end of the tunnel.

Our NHS have produced and exercise video to help keep you fit NHS exercise video

Health advice about Covid19 is presented in our post Here to support you through Covid19

ESCC have produced a guide on helping vulnerable adults during the crisis Safeguarding Adults

Here to support you through Covid19

Stop Press

We are able to continue helping you during the government restrictions on movement. Our volunteers are permitted to go out for shopping, prescription collection, and other assistance for those unable to help themselves. We are not able to give lifts. Surgeries will collect patients if requested.

We are here for you

If you are a Nevill resident, we are here to help you through the Covid19 emergency. Under the latest government guidelines, we are able to help you with essential needs such as shopping, prescriptions, dealing with important correspondence, caring for pets, and simple tasks to keep your home running where feasible.

We are also aware that, if you are self-isolating, you may feel particularly vulnerable and in need of friendship. We are ramping up our efforts to be able to support you in an appropriate and safe way. Contact with you is possible provided we do not come into your home. It is possible for us to obtain and deliver items to you and leave them on your doorstep. We can visit the outside of your home. We can phone you for a chat. And for those of you who use them, we can be in touch with you by email or video call or social media. 

We have listed some other useful resources that may help you in our post Useful resources to help you through Covid19

How we are operating

Our volunteers have been told to be self-aware, and if they have symptoms that could be the virus or if they have recently been out of the country, they are not to offer to meet any requests for help (other than those they can satisfy from their own home). This is to keep you safe.

Similarly, if you have the symptoms, or believe you may have had the virus and recovered, or have recently returned home from abroad, or have been instructed to self-isolate, please tell us. This does not mean we will refuse your request, but it will enable us to meet it in a way that enables us to keep both you and us safe.

Security

This is a time when our whole community is pulling together, and we know of several groups and individuals that are offering support. We are working to link in with them, especially the town-wide group Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers (find them on Facebook: facebook.com/groups/LewesCoronavirusVolunteers/). 

All Good Neighbour volunteers are trained and DBS checked, and so that you may know they are genuine, they will be carrying a badge like this:

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If you have any concerns about whether a person is a genuine Good Neighbour volunteer, you can call the phone line, giving their name, and we will check them against our records.

We are aware, sadly, of a number of scams, mostly online, by bogus ‘health’ and other organisations, whose sole aim is to exploit the vulnerability of those in need because of Covid19. If you are in any doubt, take advice before agreeing to or paying for anything.

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You can contact Nevill Good Neighbours anytime

Call us on 07548 069063

Email us at nevillgoodneighbours@gmail.com

General Advice

The government and your GP service are issuing the advice you need. Here is a brief summary of the main things to be aware of.

Infection Precautions

Avoid physical contact with others

If you go out, wash your hands in hot soapy water for 20 seconds before leaving home, and after returning

Carry tissues

Avoid unnecessary touching of objects, surfaces, your own face

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Do I have Covid19?

If you have a new, continuous dry cough with no runny nose and a high temperature, you may have Covid19, and you should follow the government’s latest guidelines on self-isolation. 

Below is a comparison of Covid19, Cold and Flu symptoms. This may reassure if you are unwell but do not have Covid19. However, if you have the symptoms then, even if you believe it is not Covid19, you should self-isolate to avoid possibly infecting others.

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