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Sonia Kundu
3 months ago

IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD NEEDS TO USE THE CONTACT TRACE SERVICE, TO AVOID BEING SCAMMED, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:    If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone. All texts or emails will ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website.   If NHS test and trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number: 0300 013 5000. All information you provide to the NHS test and trace service is held in strict confidence and will only be kept and used in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. Contact tracers will: ·        call you from 0300 013 5000 ·        send you text messages from ‘NHS’ ·        ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website ·        ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating ·        ask about the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing ·        ask you to provide the name, telephone number… Read more »

Sonia Kundu
4 months ago

If anyone has an emergency, especially if it is possibly life threatening, you MUST call an ambulance. Please be reassured that EVERY hospital has a protocol in place for looking after non Covid patients who will be kept separate if hospitalisation is necessary. However, in many cases, ambulance crews are more than capable of triaging most medical emergencies on the spot. Furthermore, GPs everywhere are also still taking appointments – mostly by phone, but if necessary they WILL see you in person. Do NOT let a medical/health problem develop into something worse as this will only create more problems in the long run.

5 months ago

There is considerable confusion about when it is permissible to leave home if you are not self-isolating, largely due to Government guidance implying that members of the public could only leave their home if ‘essential’ to do so.

However, that is not what the relevant legal Regulation actually says. It specifies that no person may leave the place where they live without a reasonable excuse. The Crown Prosecution Service has produced a practical guide as to what might and might not constitute a ‘reasonable excuse’.

This has been adopted by the National Police Chiefs Council and College of Policing to provide guidance to police officers in exercising their powers to enforce the law.

It goes without saying that everyone’s primary responsibility is to remain in self-isolation if they have symptoms, and to observe social distancing if they do not.

The guidance issued to police officers is available here.

John Sykes
5 months ago

Please read this article in the NY Times relating to viral load and how to use common sense!

5 months ago

Somerset County Council have created a website which pulls together information on how all services across the county are impacted by the Covid-19 emergency and how they are being supported.
It’s updated several time a day, so it’s a really useful source of the latest information to assist communities in Somerset, and worth bookmarking.

5 months ago

Bruton Town Council, Wincanton Town Council and Castle Cary Chamber of Commerce have compiled lists of businesses which are providing home deliveries or takeaway meals. They will be updating their information regularly.



Castle Cary:

Oliver Dowding
5 months ago
Reply to  Admin

That’s very helpful. Most of the businesses listed are dealing with hugely increased volumes of sales, incoming calls etc, and delivering, so we all need to be patient with them.
As c.25% of food (nationally) is normally “eaten out” it’s now being eaten in or delivered by pubs and restaurants. That’s massivly incresed demand in all food shops.

5 months ago

Sonia has suggested a couple of links which might be of interest.
The first is a symptom tracker app developed by scientists and doctors at Kings College London, in partnership with Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and a leading health science company. The app will be used to gather data from individual self reporting to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.
The second is the national volunteer database being created to support the NHS, for those able and willing to support the wider community.

John Sykes
6 months ago

Hello, and welcome to the new Covid-19 forum! We’re hoping to use this forum to distribute information and both requests for & offers of help etc, We’ve put together a flyer which will be delivered around the village in the next few days: it’s primarily aimed at people not currently subscribed to this website, and it encourages everyone who is able & willing to join up. If you are subscribed already, chances are you won’t receive a hard copy but you can download it here. Please distribute to anyone in need who might have been missed in the initial mail-drop. For anyone with no web access we’ll keep in contact by phone or semaphore. I’d like to thank the many people who have already volunteered to help: we do already have families in the village who are self-isolating and who are pretty convinced that they are affected, so the precautions which are being widely disseminated are vital, even out here in a rural setting. Sonia Kundo has kindly compiled a Hygiene guide which will also… Read more »