Coronavirus: Latest news and information

Latest information and Guidance for Doncaster


National Lockdown

Everyone must stay at home as part of the national lockdown in England announced on 4/1/2021. Further detailed information on what you must do is available here


COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available in Doncaster for eligible individuals, in line with Government and latest JCVI advice. Find out more.


New Easy Read Guidance

The National Learning Disability and Autism team has shared with us some important COVID-19 Easy Read guidance that has been published this week. Please find these links below for sharing across your local health, social care and voluntary/advocacy networks:


Self-isolation period

Following symptoms or a confirmed positive Coronavirus test, you must self isolate for ten days. When you are told to self-isolate or receive a positive test, this is day 0 – you then need to self-isolate for ten days (11 in total).


Long Covid

New health and care support for people who are unwell after COVID-19

 If you’ve had COVID-19 and still don’t feel yourself 12 weeks or more after your infection you could have post-COVID-Syndrome.

As health and care professionals see an increasing number of people with the syndrome new support has been put in place.

Local healthcare systems are establishing post-COVID assessment clinics for patients experiencing long-term health effects following COVID-19 infection. Clinics will offer physical, cognitive and psychological assessments with the aim of providing consistent post-COVID syndrome services for all who need them, whether they were hospitalised or not and regardless of whether clinically diagnosed or by a test. In South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw the clinics are not one centrally located physical clinic but a range of experienced, knowledgeable healthcare professionals accessible to you via a GP referral.

The NHS has also launched Your COVID Recovery: https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/

Your COVID Recovery is an online platform with two key components:

  • An open publicly available site containing general information on all aspects of recovering from COVID-19 including physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing. The site offers general advice on recovery, returning to work and information for families and carers of patients with post-COVID syndrome (also known as Long COVID). It also signposts to other agencies such as the British Lung Foundation and the Samaritans.
  • An online, interactive rehabilitation platform specifically for patients with post-COVID syndrome, that is tailored for individuals and requires referral and face to face assessment from a healthcare professional.

The content, and clinical assurance of all content has been provided by an expert advisory group, with the support of patients who have lived experience of COVID-19, their families and carers.

Having used the public component of Your COVID Recovery, if you think you require further help/ support or referral; or if you do not have access to the internet to visit the Your COVID Recovery site, you should talk to your GP about your suspected post-COVID-Syndrome and the services/ support available to you.


Help and support: Social Isolation Alliance

The Social Isolation and Loneliness Alliance (SIA) is a collaboration of partners from the public, voluntary, community and faith sectors who are committed to reducing social isolation and loneliness in Doncaster.

Anyone who needs help or advice or has no other support can ring the SIA Helpline seven days a week Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm.

Helpline: 01302 430322


Shielding and protecting those that are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

If you are over 60 or clinically vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. You:

  • should be especially careful to follow the rules and minimise your contacts with others
  • should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace

Clinically vulnerable people are those who are/have:

  • Aged 70 or over (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (that is, anyone instructed to get a flu jab each year on medical grounds):
  • Chronic (long-term) mild to moderate 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) or cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • A weakened immune system as the result of certain conditions or medicines they are taking (such as steroid tablets)
  • Being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • Pregnant

There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions.

You are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, but are encouraged to go outside for exercise.

People that are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) should have been informed by central government about the updated guidance. Individuals who are CEV will be able to use a new online service www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support to register yourself or on behalf of someone else to:

  • Request access to a priority supermarket delivery slot (if you already have this, it will continue)
  • Tell Doncaster Council if you need support that can’t be provided by friends, families, carers, volunteers or local community groups.

If you are unable to use the website then you can contact

  • NHS Volunteer Responders call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week) or
  • Doncaster’s Helpline on 01302 430300 (8.30 am to 17.00 pm Monday to Friday with an emergency only out of hours service).

Information for people with Downs Syndrome

Downs Syndrome will be added to the extremely clinical vulnerable list, further details available here

Sheffield Mencap and Gateway has pointed us in the direction of the (national ) Down’s Syndrome Association, and they have issued a news article on this here – this includes the advice “Adults who have Down’s syndrome and their families are encouraged to seek advice if they do not hear from their GPs in the next few weeks”

There is also an easy read document: ‘Coronavirus: Why we have added people with Down’s syndrome
to the high risk list’ available here

For general easy read guidance on the November lockdown please click here.


Local Health and Care services

Doncaster local practices are open and have been open throughout the pandemic.

Many practices have adapted their consultation process to keep staff and patients safe from the spread of coronavirus by offering telephone and video appointments. However, if you need to be seen by a health professional for a clinical need, you will be offered a face to face appointment if necessary.

During the winter, local practices can be very busy and you may have to wait on hold longer than usual to speak with a care navigator. We’re asking all callers to please be patient and understand that the triaging process takes a little longer as practices adapt to the pandemic.

Don’t forget, you may be able to book appointments online so make sure you are registered for online services with your practice and it may help you save time.

If you can’t get an appointment to suit with your local practice, there are many health services across Doncaster to help you with health advice or treatment. For more information on what services are available please visit www.BeWinterWell.co.uk.

 

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