Coronavirus

IMPORTANT LINKS FOR INFORMATION:

Link to Government information on Coronavirus: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Link to NHS information on Coronavirus: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

Coronavirus is the most serious public health emergency that we have faced for a generation.

The actions of Public Health England and the NHS have already been exemplary.  During the initial phase the tracing of individuals in contact with those who have been infected has been highly effective.

These actions have slowed the spread of the virus in the UK.  They are one of the reasons why the UK is currently behind the rates of infection elsewhere in Europe.  This has bought us more time (at a point when the NHS traditionally faces high demand) to increase resilience.

We conducted our approach to tracing on the basis of the best available medical advice.  We will continue to act on that same advice.  At every stage the Government will take proportionate action.  Our objective is to protect and keep safe our citizens.

We will be asking people to take difficult steps to protect themselves and help others.  We are doing so because these steps are necessary to safeguard the health of vulnerable people and to reduce the spread of the virus.

Advice will be updated regularly as this evolves.  The link to Government information is above.  It contains detailed information and I would encourage everyone with concerns to read through what it contains.

I set out key points in the nearby tabs but PLEASE refer to the Government website above, the information it contains is more detailed and will be regularly updated as medical advice evolves to meet the threat.

Useful Links:

Link to West Sussex County Council Updates: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19/#1

Link to Horsham District Council Updates: https://www.horsham.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus

Link to Mid Sussex District Council Website: https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/about-us/coronavirus-covid-19/

News

Dental Care and Coronavirus

The Government took the decision to suspend all routine face-to-face dental care appointments to allow more people to stay at home and away from others. However, urgent dental care for the minority of cases that require it will be available.

Domestic Abuse

On Saturday the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, set out the actions the Government is taking to support domestic abuse victims as well as increasing awareness of where people can access help during this difficult time.

West Sussex County Times Article

There was widespread relief around the country at the Prime Minister leaving hospital.  The pressure he was under before his admission was immense, it was clearly a dangerous situation and he was brilliantly looked after by the NHS.  His thanks for his care team struck a chord.  It was touching t

Scam Phising Emails during Coronavirus

I am aware there are a number of scam phishing emails being sent out during this crisis.

One such example is a scam phishing email targeting Small Business Grant claimants. 

Do not reply to emails from "rating@ipsn,gov,uk". 

£750m Coronavirus Funding for Charities

Yesterday, the Chancellor set out a new £750 million package for charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.

West Sussex County Times Article

On Sunday night the Queen addressed the nation. I hope her message of calm at a time of real fear and concern will have brought encouragement, reassurance and comfort to many during this difficult time of isolation.

Bringing British Nationals Home

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge in protecting and assisting British Nationals overseas.

Coronavirus Update- West Sussex County Times Article

At school I remember reading a poem which harked back over how each generation had risen to the challenges facing Britain over the centuries and plaintively asked “Can England still muster such champions to guard her?”  The poem, written in 1912, questioned, as it turned out absurdly,  the commit

Blood Donations and COVID-19

I have been contacted by NHS Blood and Transplant. They need people who are fit and healthy to keep donating as normal. They have received a lot of calls asking if sessions are still going ahead.