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DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT ALL SCHEDULED PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS WILL NEED TO TAKE PLACE VIA VIDEO CONFERENCING. IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUES YOU NEED TO RAISE WITH THE COUNCIL PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think NHS 111 First NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E.
If you have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, make sure you contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E.
As well as this, NHS 111 is also able to direct to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, access to Out of Hours GP Services, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.
Contacting 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way.
If you or your loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should always use 999 and if you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111 you will still receive medical care, with emergency treatments prioritised.
Just think 111 first. When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online at https://111.nhs.uk/
Further information about NHS 111 First is available at www.northamptonshireccg.
The Government has announced that Northamptonshire will remain in Tier 2 of the three tier COVID-19 alert system. The decision is based on the latest available coronavirus data and is in line with the measures set out in the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan. This means that Northamptonshire continues to be officially on ‘high alert’ in terms of risk of exposure and transmission of the virus.
With each tier of the three tier alert system comes tighter local restrictions and guidance which must be followed. Under the Tier 2 local restrictions:
You cannot mix with another household indoors
You can meet with up to five people from other households outdoors
Overnight stays are permitted only with your household or support bubble
Walk and cycle wherever possible and avoid travelling to Tier 3 areas
You must work from home if you can
Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
Lucy Wightman, Director of Public Health Northamptonshire said: "Our position across the county remains extremely precarious and we must all remember that just because we can do something doesn't mean we should. We must not be COVID-complacent and it is paramount that we continue to take measures to ensure that ourselves and our loved ones are protected from the virus. Christmas is on its way and I urge you to think very carefully about meeting your loved ones indoors.
“We are living on a knife edge in terms of being placed into Tier 3. We may not have been placed in Tier 3 today but we must brace ourselves for this happening after Christmas if cases do not drastically reduce.”
The rules, as it stands, are that on December 23, all restrictions will be relaxed in all tiers until December 27 to allow three households to celebrate together indoors, outdoors or in a place of worship however under the circumstances, Northamptonshire residents are being urged to reconsider plans to mix due to the increasing case rate locally.
The next review point for the current tier allocations are due to take place on 30 December 2020.
Decisions on tiers are made by ministers based on public health recommendations informed by the following factors:
case detection rate (in all age groups and, in particular, among the over 60s)
how quickly case rates are rising or falling
positivity in the general population
pressure on the NHS – including current and projected (3 to 4 weeks out) NHS capacity – including admissions, general/acute/ICU bed occupancy, staff absences local context and exceptional circumstances such as a local but contained outbreak
If these indicators are not improving, an area may be moved up a tier and if the trajectory improves, the area may move to a lower tier. A 'watch list' will be published every Thursday detailing the latest data at a regional level, providing the rationale and data behind these decisions.
AVIAN FLU CONCERNS
In response to concerns raised by a resident about avian flu BWPC has been assured that current guidance is being followed.
Letter from Lucy Wightman Director of Public Health, Northamptonshire County Council
I am writing to you directly, as we enter the winter period, to inform you of the current situation relating to COVID-19 in Northamptonshire and specifically the areas in which you live. I’m also going to share some key tips to help you and your families stay safe during the winter period and how to access support if you need to self-isolate, if you become unwell, or if you require help with shopping, medication or loneliness.
We are currently seeing the largest rise in cases in Northamptonshire since the first national lockdown. Positive cases range across all age groups, but significantly are largest in the age groups from 10-59. We know that these age groups are amongst the most sociable, go to school, university or work, and may be involved in the care of others, children and/or older people.
Worryingly, we are also seeing a rise in cases amongst those aged over 60. This age group is the group that are most likely to become severely unwell should they get COVID-19, they may need to stay in hospital and sadly, as we are starting to see once again, more of this age group are likely to die from the virus.
Transmission can easily spread within families, especially where children and parents mix with grandparents and particularly in indoor settings. Whilst we recognise the importance of social interaction, we would recommend that if you have to work with or care for someone who is older or more vulnerable, or if you ordinarily mix with grandparents, that you consider reducing your social contacts elsewhere, or move your interactions with those older, more vulnerable contacts to an online format where possible during the winter period.
The introduction of recent national lockdown guidance will help us to reduce community transmission of the virus. Community transmission is where the virus spreads in households with people mixing in indoor spaces, in particular. We would recommend that where anyone enters your home, or you theirs, for example for childcare purposes, that everyone wears a face covering, maintains a two metre social distance, and keeps interactions as short as possible. Continue to wash your hands regularly and clean any surfaces or contact points such as door handles, cupboard handles and taps.
If you have any concerns about whether you may have COVID-19, need to get a test, need more support for someone who is vulnerable or need to check the current guidance and what you can and cannot do, visit Northamptonshire County Council website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk
We all need to work hard to ensure that case numbers reduce in our local area, to ensure that we keep the people we love safe, and so that we can return to a more normal way of living as soon as possible when the national measures come to an end. We are all in this together and all of our actions contribute to the outcomes we face. Let’s continue to work together, to wash our hands regularly, to wear our face coverings and to keep two metres from others.
Cllr G Shacklock representing Barnwell Parish Council on Remembrance Day 2020 in the absence of the Chair, Cllr H Hanlon.
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