In this newsletter:
- Community Testing
- Vaccination updates
- COVID-19 Guidance Update
- Other news
- Support available
Rapid Community Testing comes to Kimberley
Community testing for people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms is now available in Kimberley.
The unit will be open between 10:00am and 5:30pm every Tuesday and Friday from 19th March at Newdigate Street Car Park, Kimberley for local residents to get an asymptomatic COVID-19 test.
The new mobile sites give anyone the opportunity to get tested. This will be particularly helpful to working aged-residents, with no symptoms, who have to travel to work. No appointments are necessary at the testing site, when you arrive you’ll be asked to register to get your results.
The test only takes a few seconds and within 40 minutes the result is delivered directly to your smartphone if you have one. The test is designed to identify anyone who may have the virus and who may be, unwittingly, putting their colleagues, households or support bubbles at risk.
An asymptomatic testing site is also available at Stapleford Library on Tuesdays – Saturdays.
Testing for households with school age children
Whole families and households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, are now able to test themselves twice every week from home.
Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:
Appointments now open to over 50s
If you are over 50, you can now make an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine.
If you are in one of the following ‘cohort 6’ groups, you are also eligible for the covid vaccine. It is important to take up the opportunity to be vaccinated, as it is the best possible protection against the virus. If you are in one of these groups and you are pregnant, you can still have the covid vaccination. You can discuss the benefits of the vaccine with a health professional.
You are eligible if you:
- are ‘clinically vulnerable’ (between the ages of 16 to 65 with underlying health conditions which put you at a higher risk of serious disease or mortality)
- are eligible for a carer’s allowance
- are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person, whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
- have a learning disability
- have autism
- have dementia.
Book your appointment online or call 0115 883 4640 (between 8am – 8pm Mon – Fri or 9am – 5pm Sat – Sun).
Find out the latest information about the vaccine programme at https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-in-nottingham-and-nottinghamshire/
COVID-19 guidance update
The roadmap will be driven by data not dates
The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown will be decided based on data such as the vaccine programme and reducing infection rates. If we want to give ourselves the best chance of having restrictions lifted on the dates set out then it’s really important we all continue to follow the rules to keep each other safe.
One minutes silence to mark the one year anniversary of the first lockdown
There will be a national one minutes silence at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 23rd March to mark the one year anniversary of the UK entering the first lockdown.
The silence is an opportunity to remember those who have sadly died and pay thanks to those who have sacrificed and worked to keep others safe.
Residents are also invited to light a candle at 8.00pm to remember those we have lost.
Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick said: “Today we are joining in a one-minutes silence to mark the one year anniversary of the first lockdown. This silence is an incredibly important moment for us to remember all those who have sadly died and keep those who have lost someone in our thoughts. It’s also a chance for us to reflect on the hard work of people up and down the country to keep people safe, particularly our NHS and Key Workers, as well as the sacrifices each and every one of us has made over the last 12 months. Taking this time to reflect is an important part of the process to help us move forward and look ahead to the future.”
£198,000 boost for Eastwood thanks to new industrial units
Brand new light industrial units are being constructed at the Council owned Mushroom Farm Court Site, on Meadow Bank Way to match the already seven existing units on site.
Broxtowe Borough Council have co-funded the project with the expectancy of over £1million of gross value to be added over ten years.
The main aim is for the new units to support local businesses, create new jobs and bring in additional income for the Council to support other projects in the local area.
Stapleford hoping for boost to its fortunes with “double-whammy” of projects
The expansion of the HS2 rail network could help transform the town of Stapleford – making it an attractive proposition to investors and bringing huge benefit for residents.
In the upcoming months a final decision will be announced in regards to the project when the Government publishes its Integrated Rail Plan.
Broxtowe MP Darren Henry said: “HS2 would be truly transformational for Stapleford, sparking regeneration across the area. We will see new apprenticeships, skills, jobs, new homes and investment on a scale never seen before in the town. “
May elections coming up
The next elections taking place in Broxtowe Borough are the Nottinghamshire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections. The Police and Crime Commissioner elections were postponed from Thursday 7th May 2020 and will now be taking place on Thursday 6th May 2021.
You need to be registered to vote which can be done online in 5 minutes.
Reminder that the Census survey 2021 is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021. The purpose is to give a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.
The Census should be completed by every household on Sunday 21 March 2021 or as soon as possible after.
Live Well Together – Keeping active and healthy
Advice and support on keeping active, no matter your ability, as well as tips on healthy eating losing weight.
There are nearly 50 parks and recreation grounds to choose from in Broxtowe. Find yourself getting back to nature with our 15 designated Local Nature Reserves.
Your health is important as well as being able to find that perfect balance. It’s all about making changes to fit your life and make you feel good. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking better health is available with lots of tools and tips to help you.
If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have a positive test result but do not have symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate as soon as you receive the results. Your household needs to isolate too.
A new illustration by Public Health England explaining the self-isolation guidance is available to view and download: Stay at home illustration [PDF]
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.
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Find the latest guidance from the Government website.