Woodmancote Parish Council are very aware of the increased need to support vulnerable people in our community and ensuring the most vulnerable are kept safe and well during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We have therefore activated our emergency plan and would appreciate help and support from the community in the following ways:
If you know of a vulnerable resident in our community, please do make the emergency coordinators aware of them. People at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (i.e. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds): Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); emphysema or bronchitis; Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure; Chronic kidney disease; Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis; Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy; Diabetes; Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed; A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy; being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above); those who are pregnant
- If you would like to volunteer to support the community during this time, please contact one of emergency co-coordinators. Please state how you would be willing to help, for example: Picking up shopping, picking up medication or even something as simple as making a friendly phone call can make a huge difference. Please also let us know if you have a relevant skill such as a medical background or social care.
Your Woodmancote Parish Council emergency coordinators are:
Link to COVID-19 information on Government website
For information on if you have COVID-19 symptoms and how to get tested go to https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19-testing/
Link to NHS website
Link to NHS 111 website
There are a number of local shops in Henfield that are offering free local delivery, click to view the list.
• No volunteer should ask for the exchange of money or bank card details
• Nobody should enter your property
• All items should be left at the doorstep
• If you have concerns with callers at your doorstep, please call Horsham District Council on 01403 215230 or 999 if it is an emergency and you feel at risk
West Sussex Covid-19 Community Hub: Website: WSCC Community Hub
Number: 033 022 27980 (8.00am - 8.00pm, 7 days a week)
Eligibility for support:
· Somebody has been formally asked to shield or self-isolate
· Somebody is going to run out of food or medicine within the next three days
NHS Volunteer Responder Service: Website: NHS Responders
You can refer somebody through the GoodSam app or call the helpline on 0808 196 3382 (available 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week)
People can self-refer on: 0808 196 3646(although patient transport to medical appointments must be requested via a healthcare professional)
· Shopping for food and essential items
· Collect & delivery prescriptions
Eligibility for support:
· Has at some point been advised to shield by a health professional
· Are vulnerable for another reason, (disability, pregnancy, aged over 70, long-term condition such as Parkinson's or epilepsy, or are vulnerable due to a mental health condition).
· Have caring responsibilities
· Are self-isolating because you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms, or you’ve been in contact with someone who has.
· Have been instructed to self-isolate by the ‘Test and Trace’ service, because you’ve been near someone infected.
· Are self-isolating ahead of planned hospital care.
· Have been instructed to self-isolate following entry into the country.