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Updates from Oxfordshire County Council: 
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Health and well-being services affected during the coronavirus
Local information about services affected during the Coronavirus: Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and children’s social care: ttps://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-from-the-government/

The ‘Donate Your Cough’ initiative is building a group of volunteers in the Oxford area, to help with community outreach of this project - and achieve the target of 1,000,000 cough recordings by the end of July. They are developing a free, scalable and remote screening test for COVID-19, based on the unique cough patterns caused by the virus.  For full details of the campaign please look at the website www.novoic.com/covid-19

Domestic abuse - press release with full details of how and where to get support

Message from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Oxfordshire’s Patient Care during Coronavirus programme is asking experienced practice nurses to join the teams in our dedicated COVID-19 clinics across the county.
If you are not currently working in one of our Oxfordshire practices but are interested in helping care for patients during the pandemic, please complete this quick availability survey and we will contact you. Thank you and please share this link with your networks 

Changes to Governmental guidance on the lockdown can be found on www.static1.squarespace.com.  Both the initial lockdown guidelines and the new lockdown regulations are detailed on the UK Government’s website. You may also wish to consult this BBC page for guidance on what has changed - all you need to know about new measures.  Be aware that while the initial measures applied to everyone, including children, the newest regulations only apply to the general public who are fit and well. People who are clinically vulnerable should continue to take particular care.

NHS guidance on mental wellbeing during the current crisis is available at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/  

MIND – advice, information and support for your wellbeing  You might be worried about coronavirus and how it could affect your life. This may include being asked to stay at home or avoid other people.  This might feel difficult or stressful. But there are lots of things you can try that could help your wellbeing.  For advice, information and support, visit: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

SODC waste collections -  for full details please go to www.southoxon.gov.uk/services-and-advice/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/

You may find it helpful to sign up for a prescription delivery service.  There are many available, such as Echo (for Lloyds Pharmacy), Pharmacy2U and Well

SSE have details of theirservice provision during the coronavirus outbreak and their priority service register

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For information about local NHS healthcare news please see www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news-events/

Cornerstone and The Beacon are here for you #AtHome  The District Councils’ Arts Development team has pulled together a host of free, entertaining and exciting online content to keep boredom at bay - see www.southoxon.gov.uk/news/2020/2020-04/cornerstone-and-beacon-are-here-you-athome for full details.

​​ Age UK Oxfordshire advice, information and supportAge UK Oxfordshire has launched a new, free of charge telephone support service offering advice and assistance to older people concerned during this time. For more information visit  www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/

The National Shelf Service has been launched, a daily YouTube broadcast featuring book recommendations from professional librarians. The National Shelf Service will feature one librarian and one book recommendation each day, and is broadcast at 11am.  This is reaching 
out to children, young people and families and help them find great things to download and read, and raising awareness of the e-book services of libraries.

Leisure centres are preparing to re-open - see www.better.org.uk for details of Thame Leisure Centre

Thame Rewards Club have details on their website of local businesses, such as food shops, that are either open or doing deliveries: www.thamerewardsclub.com

Cancer consultations available via telephone and video Doctors in Oxfordshire are urging people to get medical advice if they are worried about symptoms of cancer.  NHS staff have worked hard to make sure people can get cancer checks and treatment safely, so there is no need to delay.  If you are worried about any new symptoms, then please get in touch with your surgery.   They will be able to reassure you or if necessary get you to see a specialist quickly and safely. Please see  https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cancer-consultations-available-via-telephone-and-video/  for more details.

Chinnorparish have put together a list of essential services and delivery services currently available in Chinnor that you may find helpful

New coronavirus clinics to help patients across Oxfordshire, including Thame: ://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/new-coronavirus-clinics-to-help-patients-across-Oxfordshire

COVID-19 scams - Thames Valley Police is urging people to be vigilant against criminals attempting to use the publicity around COVID-19 as a chance to target them with fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages or door to door services - please see this advice on Covid-19 related scams, together with advice from the trading Standards team at https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Healthwatch Oxfordshire can help you find the latest local and national advice and support on what to do to protect yourself and your loved ones. See www.healthwatchoxfordshire.co.uk/coronavirus/ and their news updates page.

There is also a 24/7 Mental Health Helpline for Oxfordshire - see www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/news
Adults can call 01865 904997 and children and young people can call 01865 904998.

Please look out for your neighbours and anyone locally that you know to be vulnerable - the elderly, infirm and those who are unwell or without transport.  Check to see how they are doing and offer help with, for example, shopping. 

For an overview of this illness and guidance on symptoms, how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, stay at home advice and details of the NHS 111 Coronavirus service please see www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

​For the latest  Government guidance please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus  This website has information on how to protect yourself and others, employment and financial support, businesses and other organisations, healthcare workers and carers, and travel. 


Changes to shielding 
The government’s shielding has now been “paused” a
nd the guidelines for those shielding has now changed
The SODC Community Hub service is however still available for residents if they need urgent help. The hours have changed due to a reduction in demand to now reflect their standard office hours - Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm and Fridays 8.30am-4.30pm. 
The community hub contact details are 01235 422600 and communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk.  

If you, your family, or neighbours need any assistance during this time, please do contact the Parish Council, who is coordinating the local village support efforts. You can email the Parish Clerk on parishcouncil@sydenhamvillage.co.uk or you can call and leave a message on 01844 873690 (please ensure you leave your name and contact details).  

​​​SODC have page dedicated to Coronavirus Community Support with full details of help for individuals, support for businesses, information for volunteers, how Council services are affected and information and advice for landlords and tenants. The Community Support Team have pulled together a list of support services available.