Answering your questions on Coronavirus as restrictions on Lockdown are eased

 

Easing the restrictions of Lockdown is likely to be a gradual process and people want to understand how changes will affect them and their daily lives. We have compiled a list of information sources which address some of these issues.  

 

Guidance from the UK Government on changes to Lockdown

Current position on visiting at King's Mill Hospital

Will there be any changes in visiting my GP Surgery?

Issue 3 of the Covid 19 Bulletin from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG

Guidance from the BBC on changes to Lockdown

 

Guidance from the UK Government on changes to Lockdown

 

The UK Government has issued guidance on the easing of Lockdown and their website  answers a wide-range of Frequently Asked Questions on:  

 

  • Public spaces / outdoor activities / exercise.
  • Vulnerable groups, shielding, 70 year olds and over, and care homes.
  • Going to work / Safer spaces.
  • Workers’ rights.
  • Public Transport.
  • Schools and Childcare.
  • Borders / international visitors.
  • Enforcement.

 

Click HERE to go to their website. 

 

Current position on visiting at King's Mill Hospital 

 

Although the UK Government has taken some steps to ease the level of lockdown, the current position on visitors at our local hospitals including King's Mill is unchanged. Sherwood Forest Hospital Trust has made the following statement:

 

Please note that we are doing everything that we can to protect patients, staff and the community against Coronavirus.

 

NO VISITORS ARE BEING ALLOWED IN ANY OF OUR HOSPITALS

 

However:

 

  • One parent may accompany children.
  • One birthing partner may attend the Maternity Department.
  • One carer is permitted in the Emergency Department but must remain with the patient at all times.
  • Exceptions can be discussed with Ward Staff if your relative is in end of life care.

 

If you visit our Emergency Department, Emergency Assessment Unit or if you come in for an Outpatient appointment, please only bring one person to accompany you. Children under the age of 16 will not be allowed in these areas.

 

Will there be any changes in visiting my GP Surgery?

 

At the moment, GP Surgeries are trying to reduce the risk of Coronavirus spreading by having telephone consultations with patients wherever possible. This will mean that your GP or other healthcare professional will probably talk to you over the phone (or videocall) rather than see you face-to-face. They may decide that they need to see you, or you may have to attend the Surgery for a blood test, for example, but they are trying to cut down the number of patients visiting the Surgery wherever possible. If you do have to go into the Surgery every precaution is taken to reduce risk to you and to surgery staff. Hand sanitizers are available and PPE is worn as necessary. Ring your Surgery or check out their website if you have any questions.

 

Issue 3 of the Covid 19 Bulletin from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG

 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the part of the NHS which plans and pays for services. They have been issuing regular bulletins to patients and the public to update them. This bumper edition includes a wealth of features:

 

  • The importance of routine vaccines.
  • #TogetherWeAreNotts - encouraging local residents to stay at home.
  • A new grief helpline.
  • A message about International Nurses Day.
  • Staying Home resources for kids from Nottingham City Council.
  • Information on support for shielded patients.
  • Online mental health resilience workshops for young people.
  • Services through your library.
  • The new NHS app which enables you to access your personal health and care record.
  • A detailed update on Covid-19 in our community.
  • Links to voluntary sector organisations providing information local to your area. 

 

Click HERE  or on the picture to download this edition of the newsletter.

 

Guidance from the BBC on changes to Lockdown

 

Further to the announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on Sunday the BBC has produced guidance on their website aiming to provide additional information on what the easing of lockdown will mean for you and your family. The guidance addresses the following questions:

 

  • Can more people go back to work?
  • When will schools and universities return?
  • Can you meet friends and relatives?
  • Will people be able to exercise more?
  • How will the virus threat be publicised?
  • When can I go shopping again?
  • What about pubs, cafes, restaurants, theatres and cinemas?
  • Will taking flights get easier?

 

Answers to each of these questions may be found HERE.

 

 

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