Tilshead Parish Council Meeting Minutes, 12th May 2020
Access to Healthcare during COVID-19
Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus
People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.
They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.
The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.
Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.
In Swindon, the average number of patients being sent by their GP to the Great Western Hospital for further investigations into symptoms that suggest cancer each week has dropped by more than 200 to 80.
Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”
“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.
“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.
“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”
Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.
The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.
Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.
Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting www.bswccg.nhs.uk
Further information on how to stay well throughout the coronavirus outbreak can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19.
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NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group
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Parish Council Meeting (via Zoom), 28th April 2020
Message from the Parish Clerk, Gill Tatum
Please find details of the first virtual Parish Council Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2020 starting at 7pm.
As you can imagine the Parish Council are trying to carry on with our usual business under unusual circumstances. The virtual meeting has the facility for parishioners to join us via zoom and as normal there will be the slot for 3 minutes each for questions from you.
If anyone wants to take part please contact me before 12 noon on the 28th April. You will need access to a computer, ipad or smart phone (but there is no cost or software needed) or email or ring me with any questions and I can raise them on your behalf.
Thanks and stay safe
Gillian Tatum , Parish Clerk
Tel: 07979 866387
COVID-19 Community Groups Newsletter
17 April 2020
This newsletter is for community groups that are coordinating efforts to support those in self isolation and people in need, with tailored information, advice, hints and tips.
Wiltshire Council support
The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub
We have set up a dedicated hub to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help.
People can get in touch with the hub via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0300 003 4576. It’s available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Community Group Directory and Volunteer Group Information Pack
We have created a communities group directory and an information pack for volunteer groups to help them support their communities during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The information pack includes top tips on setting up a volunteer group, advice on supporting those in self-isolation, a range of template forms and useful signposting to other resources. Both are available on the Wiltshire Council website.
Please email Covid-19CommunityDirectory@wiltshire.gov.uk with any amendments, deletions or additions to the community directory.
Online active communities resources
With people stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we’ve compiled a list of resources across a wide range of subjects to try and provide something of interest for everyone.The resources have been broken down into categories: Keep active; Mental Health; Read and rhyme!; Creativity, culture and heritage; Digital learning; Home schooling. View the online resources.
Safeguarding, DBS, and Data Protection advice
We have produced a guide for community groups in Wiltshire who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, regarding safeguarding, DBS checks and data protection.
This is to support groups in their work to protect vulnerable people from potentially unscrupulous people and to support volunteers to feel confident the work they are doing is safe and appropriate for all.View the Safeguarding guidance for volunteer groups
Grass Cutting and Grounds Maintenance
Wiltshire Council have confirmed that non essential grass cutting and maintenance works are suspended due to COVID-19.Important visibility splays for road junctions etc. plus maintenance along footpaths will continue, the latter so that our community can take its hour long exercise.
The Parish Council will therefore, in the interim, seek to undertake some of the grass cutting where appropriate such as outside the village hall to keep our environment looking good (maintaining social distancing and the correct procedures in place). Also we would like to say a big “Thank You” to those of you who are safely cutting their verges in front of their houses.
Thank you for your patience and understanding with this.
Tilshead Parish Council
Clerk to Tilshead Parish Council