CORONAVIRUS

IF YOU ARE NOT A KEY WORKER:-
GO HOME – STAY HOME

We are hugely grateful to the (now) 38 members of the community who have so far offered their help. In the light of the Prime Minister’s announcements this evening (Monday) we are waiting for clarification as to what they may be able to do but IF YOU NEED HELP, PLEASE CONTACT US ON THIS EMAIL ADDRESS or phone 0744 403 2311 and we will try our best to help you. We are working with the Quantock Medical Centre and other agencies.

(As at 23 March 10.30pm)
The Government’s latest advice is available from the link above. There are now very strict rules on movement and congregation and YOU MUST FOLLOW THEM. PLEASE READ THEM HERE. They have not changed since 23 March.
Links to other key sites are above.

Please don’t hassle the Medical Centre. They are doing everything they can in a very, very difficult situation. They are as uncertain, worried as the rest of us and no doubt very tired after working flat out for so many days. Yelling at them or reducing them to tears will not make anything better.

Please read the NHS’s information for most up-to-date and reliable information here: NHS website. Only phone the 111 service if you cannot get help you need online.
Please stay away from the Medical Centre unless you absolutely need to be there – do not go there if you have a new cough or temperature to protect other patients and staff.

If you need (non-medical) help click here.
If you are able to help in the community please click here.

Previously…
What we can all do:
The single most important thing we can all do in order to slow down transmission of the virus is to promote good infection control. These are simple things we can all do to reduce the risk of respiratory and other infections such as seasonal colds and flu:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
IF YOU NEED HELP

We will try to help in practical ways where we can, such as collecting prescriptions from the Medical Centre etc. Please call the office on 733779.

You may get offers of help from neighbours who you don’t know. Mostly they will be genuine offers from concerned people in the community, but please be aware that there are already criminals taking advantage of the situation. Be very careful of giving your bank card or bank details to people you do not know and trust.

Home Care (as at Fri 13 March): Somerset County Council say they have well-rehearsed plans in place and continue to work closely to ensure their services continue and that their most vulnerable residents are supported during the outbreak. Further information will be made available when we get it.

VIRAL KINDNESS!

Please remember your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or vulnerable. Please check they are OK. Can you help them with shopping, collecting prescriptions etc? If you don’t know how to approach this – put this note through the door.
Can you help in the community – if you can spare some time, please contact the Parish Office on 733779 or email: clerk@netherstowey-pc.gov.uk. We are working with the Medical Centre on this: please contact us to avoid overloading their phone.