Community Coronavirus Testing for Key workers in Norfolk

Community coronavirus testing in Norfolk and Waveney now available to “key workers” (and/or household members with symptoms).

The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is offering local coronavirus tests to key workers* such as teachers or food industry staff, to help them remain in work and continue to support their communities. This also applies to members of their household who may have coronavirus symptoms causing the key worker to self-isolate.

Testing will take place at three locations in Norfolk and Waveney:

 The Centrum centre, close to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH)

 The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (QEHKL)

 The James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) in Gorleston.

(See below if you would rather be tested at Ipswich, Stansted or Peterborough)

 To book using the Norfolk and Waveney service:

People on the government key workers* list who need to be tested should ask their employer or line manager to register their organisation by emailing NorfolkRegistercovidtesting@nnuh.nhs.uk with their (employer) name, job title and contact number. The registration team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will then contact the employer to register their organisation so they their key workers can then book an appointment. The employer will be given a unique reference number and further instructions.

All applications will be checked to make sure people are well enough to attend a testing centre, and eligible for a test in line with Public Health England guidance.

People will receive their test results within 48 hours or less, either directly or via their employer’s occupational health service, together with initial advice about to what to do next.

Appointments at Ipswich, Stansted and Peterborough or other centres

If you wish to be tested at any of the national drive-through testing centres, such as Ipswich, Stansted, Peterborough and elsewhere, then you must use the national booking service. For self-referrals, this is via https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk.

Who are key workers?

* Key workers include many people working in education, transport, many public services, energy, power and water/sewerage workers, and those working to provide, distribute or sell food. The precise definition is available on this government web page: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#key-workers.

 

Changes to waste collections

Garden waste collections (brown bin) have been reinstated today (week commencing 6 April 2020). Renewals on the brown bin service will be extended to ensure every subscriber still gets their 25 collections. If this week is your usual collection week then it will be collected. If your usual brown bin collection week is next week it will be collected then. You can check your collection dates by visiting west-norfolk.gov.uk/yourbins.

Waste and refuse teams in west Norfolk are working to new advice on social distancing.

Due to smaller waste teams, food waste collection will be stopped. Food caddies will not be emptied until social distancing is relaxed.  Please help the crews by putting food waste directly into your general waste (black bin or waste bags).

It will not be possible to collect side waste or garden waste that has been bagged.

Please feed any excess garden waste in to your brown bin over the next couple of collections.

Should your waste or recycling bin not be emptied on the usual day, please leave it out as we will try to collect it within the following few days.

The bin crews really appreciate your support during these challenging and unprecedented times.

Social Distancing is Critical

 

Norfolk’s Chief Constable has called on communities to comply with new government measures, restricting people’s movements, to tackle coronavirus.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said there was now “no room for complacency” after the government (23 March 2020) ordered people to stay at home to stop the spread of the disease.

Public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together are prohibited and shops selling non-essential items have been ordered to close.

New legislation has been introduced giving police powers to disperse public gatherings and fine those who do not follow the rules.

Mr Bailey said: “The measures taken so far to limit social distancing have not had the necessary effect, with some people still going about their business as if the threat from coronavirus didn’t exist. We all need to work together to protect our NHS and other public services so that we can ensure we can help you. There is no room for complacency.

“The vast majority of people in this county are making real sacrifices to help save lives and I would urge everyone to now comply with these measures.

“Officers will continue to be out in their communities, speaking to people as we always do and taking the opportunity to explain the new rules and ask what people are doing and why they are out. We will continue to work within our traditional policing model, with the consent of the public.  The vast majority of the public understand why we may need to use the new powers, but we will of course negotiate and convince before resorting to the law.

“These new measures are there to save lives and protect our loves ones. We will be enforcing them, as the public would expect and want us to.

“My call to the communities of Norfolk is to following the advice, stay at home and help us help the national effort.”

People should only leave their homes for one of the following four reasons;

Shopping for basic necessities, such as food or medicine and infrequent as possible

One for form of exercise a day, for example a walk, run, or cycle, alone of with members of your household

Any medical need, or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person

Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

 

What does this mean for me?

Police will need to engage and encourage compliance and may disperse groups of more than two people who do not live with one another. Those who refuse may face a fine.

New powers came into effect on Thursday (26 March) and officers will approach groups and stress the importance of following these rules.

Non-essential shops will be closed by Trading Standards – officers will support them if necessary.

Play parks and churches are closed by local authorities.

Day-to-day policing continues

 

COVID 19 ISOLATION SUPPORT

If you need help or supplies or perhaps just someone to talk to please call one of the numbers below and we will then get one of our volunteers to call you back.

Karen Watkins 01328 730124 Mobile 07918614106

Rev. Steve Wood 01328 259316 Mobile 07704922984

Joy Burt 01328 738949 Mobile 07780574763

Covid 19 Guidance for Allotment Holders

Covid 19 Emergency Measures  GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE FOR ALLOTMENT HOLDERS – DRIVING TO THE PLOT

The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.  Although it is perfectly OK and within government guidelines to visit the plot as a household. We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation i.e. not with household members and if you can stay away for a few weeks to do so. 

It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.

Driving to the plot, we are aware that in recent days there has been conflicting statements from police forces about driving to your plot. A briefing has now been issued from the College of Policing and the National Police Chief’s Council that advises forces to :-

Use your judgement and common sense; for example, people will want to exercise locally and may need to travel to do so, we don’t want the public sanctioned for travelling a reasonable distance to exercise.  We should reserve enforcement only for individuals who have not responded to Engage, Explain, and Encourage, where public health is at risk. If you need to drive a reasonable distance to get to your plot then this guidance would suggest that it is permissible to do so. However, please walk to the plot if at all possible

Any plot-holder who is self – isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.

Plot Holders should take the following precautionary measures :

Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly

Use hand sanitiser before opening and after closing any gate locks

Wash hands when you get home

DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart 

Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres

If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.

Do not share tools

Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes

Do not wash your hands in water troughs

We recommend that all communal facilities are closed

Shops – those Associations who operate shops should close or put an on-line scheme in place. Where goods are ordered by email, payment is electronic and goods are placed out for collection.

Bonfires – Could those Associations who allow bonfires all year round ask people to consider their neighbours and not burn anything during this covid19 emergency. Many sites are surrounded by houses where vulnerable people may be getting their only bit of fresh air through an open window.

If you have livestock on the site and must visit  twice a day, take a photograph on your phone of your livestock, based on what is happening in other countries you may  eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be able to show a photograph of where you are going.

Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this time

Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible

If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least 14 days or until symptoms have passed.

 It is important that anyone attending the allotment takes care to stay the appropriate distance from others, avoid body contact and wash hands at taps, do not wash hands or use detergents in the water tanks and please pay attention to notice boards.

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified to the Parish Council.  Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women. It is important that any plot-holders over 70 years and those with underlying health issues follow the guidance and information issued by the government.

 Anyone with problems please contact the Parish Council on 07456460580. Perhaps you could consider a Buddy System that provided weeding and watering assistance on the plots of gardeners who cannot get to the plot due to long term self – isolation.

We are living through a crisis, the likes of which none of us has experienced before, not since war time has the community spirit that exists on allotment sites been more important.  We must all consider vulnerable families, friends and fellow plot-holders and give assistance where needed. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

For NHS information and advice CLICK HERE

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