In this newsletter:
- Stay at home
- Face coverings
- Vaccination letters
- Using our parks safely
- Domestic abuse codeword scheme
- Other news
- Support available
Stay at Home
Thank you to all our residents for sticking to the rules, we must all play our part to help stop the spread of coronavirus within our community.
As we head in to the second weekend of the national lockdown, it’s vital that we all continue to stay at home as much as possible and only leave home for the below reasons:
- To shop for basic necessities
- To go to work if you cannot work from home
- To escape risk of harm
Any single unnecessary contact you have with someone is a potential link in a chain of transmission that will lead to a vulnerable person.
The vaccine programme has started to roll out, let’s keep working together to keep each other safe, so we can all once again be reunited safely with our loved one.
If you need to leave home, please remember not to leave without your face covering.
Face coverings help to not just protect you, but others around you.
This week supermarkets have announced tighter enforcement on customers wearing face coverings to be able to shop, unless exempt.
Don’t get caught out and help stop the spread to others.
Yesterday a fifth Local Vaccination Service opened in Nottingham, making a total of eight sites now offering vaccinations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The NHS is vaccinating over 80s, care home residents and health care staff at the highest risk in line with JCVI guidance and are inviting people to attend these appointments by letter.
Thank you to those who have waited patiently for their letter before making an appointment, this has meant that the NHS have been able to prioritise the most vulnerable such as the very eldest and those at higher risk.
If you are over 80 and have not yet received your letter it will be arriving imminently, with all letters being received by Tuesday (January 19).
There are enough vaccines for all over 80s and they are on track to have everyone in this top priority cohort vaccinated by the end of the month. This is the biggest vaccination programme the NHS has ever undertaken.
Teams are working exceptionally hard to coordinate and administer the vaccine to those in our communities as quickly as possible.
Broxtowe residents will be able to visit one of the other Nottinghamshire and Nottingham sites when you receive your letter and book in your vaccination.
Using Our Parks Safely
Our open spaces play a crucial role in supporting our local community’s physical and mental health – now more so than ever. Lockdowns are without doubt stressful for everyone.
Spending time outdoors can lead to a dramatic improvement in both health and wellbeing at this time, but please remember to act responsibly when visiting our parks and using our play areas. We are strongly urging our residents to respect the sites, please follow all COVID -19 restrictions, maintain your distance and look to use the areas at times when they are likely to be less busy.
Let’s keep working together to keep Broxtowe safe for everyone.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- By yourself
- With the people you live with
- With your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- In a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- Or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
Domestic Abuse Codeword Scheme
Victims of domestic abuse will now be able to access much needed support from thousands of pharmacies across the UK, backed by the Government.
The Ask for ANI scheme allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and to access support. By asking for ANI, a trained pharmacy worker will offer a private space where they can understand if the victim needs to speak to the police, or would like help to access support services such as national or local domestic abuse helplines.
During winter, it is important to know and understand what we can all do to keep well.
Normally, many of us would take time to visit our older relatives,
friends and neighbours as winter approaches to ensure they are
safe and well.
However, under the current COVID-19 restrictions we now have to do things a little differently.
Even though we may not always be able to pop round for a cuppa at the moment, it is really important that we still check
in with vulnerable people by phone, text or online chat.
We’ve created a winter wellness booklet, to help keep you and your family safe this winter.
In partnership with the Environment Agency’s Flood Action Campaign, we are encouraging residents to know what to do in a flood and the actions needed to take, to keep you and others safe.
Support to get essential supplies
If you are vulnerable and need help to get food, medicine or community support, please get in touch with the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityhub or call 0300 500 80 80
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Broxtowe Borough Council. Find out more about this scheme and other financial support at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/testandtracepayment or call 0115 917 7777
The impact of the pandemic on you and your loved ones and not being able to enjoy all of the activities you would normally be involved in can all have an impact on your health. It is important to remember to look after yourself. Useful resources to support you, your family and friends can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wellbeing or call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline between 9.00am and 1.00pm, seven days a week on 0300 555 0730.
Accessing NHS services
If you have symptoms or a health concern you are worried about, please contact your GP practice. GP practices are still open and here for you. When you call your practice, you may be offered a consultation online or over the phone. If they feel they need to see you in person, they will invite you in for a face to face appointment. Read more for guidance at https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/gp-appointment-guidance/
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date is by checking our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.
They contain useful information on:
We also share daily updates on our social media accounts and will be sending you this email bulletin every Friday.
Please share the information in this email bulletin with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help us pass on these important messages, particularly if they’re not online.
Please also encourage anyone who isn’t already subscribed to this Email Me Service to sign up at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme so they can receive these updates.
Find the latest guidance from the Government website.