WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY?
During lockdown most services or local groups are still working but this may be online or through video calls.
Contact NHS 111 or your GP if you or someone you live with is unwell.
Most GP’s are now offering telephone and video appointments. Do not visit your GP surgery unless you have been told to do so. A&E is still open for urgent health needs and have procedures in place to help protect staff and patients, it is important to get any serious health needs treated (such as asthma attacks, broken bones, heart attacks etc) to avoid further illness or long term health conditions.
For the latest government advice about Covid 19 (also known as coronavirus) click here or visit the dedicated NHS 111 website here
The current Government guidance is to Stay Alert. This means:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary.
- Adults should work from home if they can.
- Limit contact with other people.
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 meters apart wherever possible).
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Always cough into your elbow or a tissue and then dispose of the tissue immediately.
- However, do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
What can I do now that I couldn't do before?
- Spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing.
- Meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines.
- Exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines.
- Use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart.
- Go to a garden centre.
At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:
- Visit friends and family in their homes.
- Exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool.
- Use an outdoor gym or playground.
- Visit a private or ticketed attraction.
- Gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations).
You may find these contacts useful both now or when things are a little more normal
Wakefield Council – helpline
Wakefield Council have a helpline if you are self-isolating or living with someone who is at risk (shielding) and cannot go out tel; 0345 8 506 506 chose option 3 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). The helpline can put you in touch with the appropriate service or organisation, this may be the local foodbank or community hubs who have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collect medication for you or someone you are worried about (maybe a sick or older family member or neighbour). They can even arrange for someone to telephone the person just to check they are ok and have a friendly chat.
You can contact us during our ‘drop in and chat’ service on here if you’re feeling a bit down or have something good to share (please check when we are online).
The Community Hubs are offering different services but all of them have volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food parcels or collecting medication for you or someone you are worried about. A few hubs are also providing cooked meals once a week for someone who is older or shielding and living on their own.
Visit this website for a list of the community hubs. You can ring them if you need support but they may be busy so keep ringing or email them.
Wakefield Cares Volunteering
The Community hubs welcome volunteers, so if you are over 18 years old and want to help with shopping, walking the dog, making food parcels or having a chat with someone on the phone visit volunteerwakefield.org
If you are under 18 perhaps ask a neighbour if they need any help (keeping 2 metres away of course) or you could writing a letter, make a card or be creative and make hearts or knit them so they can be put in the food parcels to cheer someone up who is self- isolating or donate to a local residential home.
Wakefield Cares - Electric and Heating Worries
On a pre-payment meter or are you unable to leave the home to add credit for gas or electric or you have no money for food or fuel? Speak to your supplier to discuss their options to keep you supplied or contact Wakefield Council 0345 8 506 506.