New Covid Test Centre in Oxford A walk-in coronavirus test facility has opened at Oxford Brookes University, as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities. The test facility will be in the Fuller Building Restaurant in Oxford Brookes. The free swab test takes less than a minute and is available to anyone with coronavirus symptoms, however mild. Testing is available for everyone, with additional support for vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.
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.
The Government-backed Place 2 Be programme offers one to one and group counselling with children and young people as well as training to school staff to develop mentally healthy schools. www.place2be.org.uk
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/
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/
Important update on testing in Oxfordshire Only book a test if you’re displaying symptoms
You can book a test by calling 119 or by registering online via gov.uk/getting-tested-for-coronavirus.
There is a worrying trend of people turning up at hospitals in Oxfordshire, asking to be tested for Covid-19. This is possibly as a result of the national issue with testing capacity, where people have struggled to book a test online. It is important that people with symptoms must NOT go to a hospital. Testing does not take place in hospital settings and by turning up people are putting extra strain on resources by having to turn people away and also potentially putting vulnerable people at risk.
If you’re struggling to book a test online the advice is to keep trying as it’s only possible to book a slot when one becomes available. Slots become available throughout the day so it may take a few attempts at different times of the day.
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/
Local support offers for schools and parents:
Oxfordshire County Council has information about COVID-19 for schools and parents at:
For details of the NHS Test and Trace scheme please see the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youve-been-in-contact-with-a-person-who-has-coronavirus/ and the Government website www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works#the-nhs-coronavirus-app
Oxfordshire’s local outbreak control plan is designed to help return life to as normal as possible for as many people as possible in a way that is safe, protects our health and care systems, and supports our local economy.
It has been developed by Oxfordshire County Council’s Public Health team, working with colleagues from the city and district councils, Oxfordshire Health, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Public Health England and Thames Valley Police.
The link to the plan is here - www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/coronavirus-covid-19
Changes to shielding
The government’s shielding has now been “paused” and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Domestic abuse - press release with full details of how and where to get support
New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19: www.ouh.nhs.uk/news/article.aspx?id=1225
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/
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or you can call and leave a message on 01844 873690 (please ensure you leave your name and contact details).