Coronavirus News

Posted July 8, 2020

COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.


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Your local NHS needs your help. Share your experiences about Health and Social Care services in West Berkshire during the Coronavirus lockdown with us. Your feedback can help services understand how to improve care for you and your loved ones.

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08/07/2020

World Health Organization rethinking how Covid-19 spreads in air

The World Health Organization has acknowledged there is emerging evidence that the coronavirus can be spread by tiny particles suspended in the air.

The airborne transmission could not be ruled out in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings, an official said.

If the evidence is confirmed, it may affect guidelines for indoor spaces.

An open letter from more than 200 scientists had accused the WHO of underestimating the possibility of airborne transmission.

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07/07/2020

Imedla Redmond (National Director of Healthwatch England) on BBC Radio 4

Imelda Redmond was on BBC Radio 4 World at One and BBC News on Tuesday 7th July talking about the impact of Covid on Social Care and the need for long talked about reform.

Listen to the audio clip from BBC Radio 4 below. 


RBH Re-introducing Services

Steve McManus, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“it’s great that now we’re almost Covid free we can resume many of our services on site, and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding when we had to pause a lot of this work to concentrate on Covid.

“It’s very important as we resume services that people attend for their treatments. I can assure them we have done everything possible to make the hospital a safe and welcoming place. Of course, this will mean extra footfall on the site and more need for the car parking facility.

We just want to make people aware that from 13 July the barrier will be back in place.”

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03/07/2020

Care home staff and residents to get regular tests

Staff will be tested for coronavirus weekly, while residents will receive a test every 28 days to prevent the spread of coronavirus in social care.

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Updated advice on sheilding

The Government have announced that the advice for people who are shielding because of COVID-19 will be relaxed in two phases.

  • From 6 July those shielding will be able to spend time outdoors in a group of up to 6 people including those outside of their household, while maintaining social distancing.Those who are shielding and live alone or are single parents with children will also be able to create a ‘support bubble’ with one other household of any size, following the same rules that are already in place for the wider population.
  • From 1 August, the shielding advice will relax further, allowing those shielding to do even more, such as visit shops and places of worship, and return to work provided they take particular care to maintain social distancing and minimise contact with others outside their household.

Support available:

The food and medicine boxes facilitated by the National Shielding Service will stop as of 1 August, with everyone now being advised that they can visit shops and pharmacies.

Other forms of support – such as priority supermarket delivery slots and the NHS Volunteers Scheme – will continue.


29/06/2020

People who were seriously ill in hospital with coronavirus need to be urgently screened for post-traumatic stress disorder, leading doctors say

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25/06/2020

Royal Berkshire Hospital : it’s safe to attend for appointments and vital to keep the dates set for any planned surgery.

Steve McManus, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said today:

“We are now almost a Covid free hospital with just seven positive patients being treated here at the moment. We’ve implemented major safety procedures to make sure our patients and staff are as protected as possible and we are very anxious that people who do need to come here for treatment do so.”

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24/06/2020

Heatwave Alert Level 2

“The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harmmany people who are at higher risk of ill health due to heat are also at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19).”

“We still have much to learn about how coronavirus (COVID-19) affects the body but both heat and COVID-19 infections put a strain on the heart and lungs, the kidneys and are linked with inflammation in the body.”

Click here or on the image above to read the Heatwave guidance from public Health Engalnd.


22/06/2020

New Measures to introduce face masks and coverings at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Hospital

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20/06/2020

Coronavirus: Result of 2m social distancing review to come next week

Ministers will announce in the coming week whether the 2m social distancing rule in England will be relaxed, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said.

The government has been reviewing the advice, amid warnings many businesses will not survive under current rules.

Mr Sunak said the outcome of the review will “make an enormous difference” to businesses “keen to see a change”.

Read the details by clicking here or on the image above.


Patients and visitors asked to wear face coverings at BHFT and HHFT hospitals.

To protect staff, patients and visitors from the spread of covid-19, members of the public must wear a face mask or covering in hospitals at all times, in line with national guidance.

See the images from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) below, highlighting this information.


19/06/2020

Covid19 Alert level will move from level 4 to level 3

The virus is still in general circulation, and localised outbreaks are likely to occur. You must continue to wash your hands and keep 2m distance.

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Our Chief officer Andrew Sharp was on Kennet Radio on Friday 19/06/2020, discussing the Coronavirus, Care homes, the BAME community and our survey.


16/06/2020

Hospital Visiting Recommendations

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Following the Secretary of State for Health’s announcement on 5 June 2020, by 15 June 2020:

  • hospitals should ensure that measures are in place so that all settings are, where practicable, COVID-secure, using social distancing, optimal hand hygiene, frequent surface decontamination, ventilation and other measures where appropriate
  • in all settings that are unable to be delivered as COVID-19 secure, all hospital staff (both in clinical and non-clinical roles), when not otherwise required to use personal protective equipment, should wear a facemask; worn to prevent the spread of infection from the wearer*
  • visitors and outpatients to hospital settings should wear a form of face covering for the same reason, to prevent the spread of infection from the wearer

Click here or the image above to read the full guidance.


Cancer Research UK have produced the following video, encouraging people to visit their GP Practices in light of the current COVID-19 situation.


15/06/2020

Face coverings compulsory on public transport in England

More than 3,000 extra staff including police officers are being deployed at stations to make sure people comply.

Passengers without a covering will be asked to wear one, or will face being refused onboard or fined £100.

People with certain health conditions, disabled people and children under the age of 11 will be exempt from the rule.

In the coming days, hundreds of thousands of free coverings will be handed out at railway stations. The government says masks can be homemade, such as a scarf or bandana.

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14/06/2020

Coronavris Cases in West Berkshire

Coronavirus cases in west berkshire 14th june

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12/06/2020

Hospital teams are delivering special ‘end of life’ parcels to bereaved families who were unable to visit their loved ones before they died because of the visiting restrictions around Coronavirus

The parcel contains forget-me-not seeds which it’s hoped the families will plant and create memories for the future along with special poems, small hearts and a candle.

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust’s bereavement team, Patient Liaison staff (PALs) and volunteers have worked together to create the boxes which will also include personal items such as watches and jewellery which belonged to the patient.

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11/06/2020

Healthwatch West Berkshire in Newbury Weekly News

The impact of coronavirus on Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) groups in West Berkshire should not be lost in protests.

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What your dental service is doing to help keep you safe

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Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust have updated the visitor guidance for staff and their patient’s family and friends

“PLEASE DO NOT VISIT if you have any symptoms of the virus (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss of taste and smell).

All visitors must wear a face covering/mask inside the hospital buildings – please bring your own if you have one. Do not bring any other unnecessary belongings with you.

We understand that this is difficult for lots of people, but it’s very important that we follow the guidelines.

Please follow social distancing rules and wash your hands before entering and leaving the building, and use the alcohol hand gel frequently inside the building.”

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10/06/2020

Dental Update

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09/06/2020

Reading & West Berkshire Carers Hub activities during covid-19 outbreak

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08/06/2020

Nearly 10,000 more died of coronavirus than previously reported

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Plan dropped for all primary pupils back in school 

The plan for all primary school years in England to go back to school before the end of term is to be dropped by the government.

There had been an aim for all primary pupils to spend four weeks in school before the summer break.

But it is no longer thought to be feasible and instead schools will be given “flexibility” over whether or not to admit more pupils.

“The real problem seems to be the social distancing guidelines and these ‘bubbles’ of 15 pupils. So instead of having a class of 30 you could have a maximum of 15, and one teacher for every 15 pupils, and that is very difficult for schools.”

“They now need to double the number of classes, they need to stagger arrivals, breaks and lunch times, and that seemingly is too difficult with just the six weeks left to the term.”

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Carers Week 2020 research report

Carers Week carried out polling with YouGov to revisit how many people are caring in the UK today, the challenges they face and what the public’s worries would be if they became an unpaid carer. They also looked at public awareness of unpaid caring, whether the public thought unpaid carers were valued and whether the Government had provided sufficient support.

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Coronavirus: Care home residents face steep hike in fees

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A plan of action to improve mental health crisis pathways in Berkshire West, making them more readily available and easier to access, has been drawn up following input from service users and key stakeholders

Click here or on the image above to read the press release.


06/06/2020

Sending all children back to school – and freeing parents to go back to work – could trigger a second wave of coronavirus, warn researchers.

UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine team said testing and tracing contacts of those with the virus might help prevent this.

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NHS trusts were not consulted before the government announced changes to the use of face coverings and visitor policy in English hospitals, the chief executive of NHS Providers has said.”

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05/06/2020

The number of people infected with coronavirus in homes in England has fallen to 5,600 a day, from 8,000 last week, statisticians suggest

The estimate is based on swab tests of 19,000 people in 9,000 households by the Office For National Statistics

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04/06/2020

We are on page 6 in this weeks Newbury Weekly News discussing the local response to Covid-19

Page 6 of this weeks Newbury Weekly News highlights events that transpired at the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board in relation to Covid-19.

Our Chief Officer praised the community response and efforts of council staff, key workers and the voluntary sector, but also highlighted some of the difficulties the board is facing saying “One of the things we can’t get away from is we have some tough questions to ask and some tough questions that the board have got to think about”

“The Covid death rate in West Berkshire is higher than in Australia”

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Downward trend in confirmed Covid-19 cases in West Berkshire

We continue to see a downward trend in the number of lab confirmed cases across West Berkshire. Important that we keep these numbers low by maintaining social distancing and regularly washing hands. The virus has not gone away!


Update from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust via Twitter

For the safety of our staff, patients and wider community, visiting restrictions remain in place across our hospitals. Contact information for all our wards can be found at hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/our-services/a… Thank you for your support in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus”

03/06/2020

Coronavirus: UK authorises anti-viral drug remdesivir

A drug treatment called remdesivir that appears to shorten recovery time for people with coronavirus is being made available on the NHS.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was probably the biggest step forward in the treatment of coronavirus since the crisis began.

Remdesivir is an anti-viral medicine that has been used against Ebola.

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What to do if you have coronavirus Symptoms

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02/06/2020

CQC publishes data on deaths of people with a learning disability

chart showing the number of deaths of people with a learning disability, comparing deaths in 2019 with deaths in 2020, dividing the 2020 deaths between those not related to COVID-19 and suspected and confirmed COVID-19 cases

“This analysis looked at all deaths notified to CQC between 10 April and 15 May from providers registered with CQC who provide care to people with a learning disability and/or autism (including providers of adult social care, independent hospitals and in the community), and where the person who died was indicated to have a learning disability on the death notification form.

“This data shows that between 10 April and 15 May this year, 386 people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, died who were receiving care from services which provide support for people with a learning disability and/or autism. For the same period last year 165 people with a learning disability, some of whom may also be autistic, died who were receiving care from services which provide support for people with a learning disability and/or autism. This is a 134% increase in the number of death notifications this year. This new data should be considered when decisions are being made about the prioritisation of testing at a national and local level.

Of the 386 people who have died this year, 206 were as a result of suspected and/or confirmed COVID-19 as notified by the provider and 180 were not related to COVID-19.

184 people were receiving care from community based adult social care services and 195 from residential social care settings. In other settings* where we were notified of deaths the number in each setting was less than five people and cannot be reported for confidentiality reasons”

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01/06/2020

Coronavirus: Ethnic minority risk report is published.

Public Health England has released its report looking at why people from ethnic minority backgrounds are “disproportionately” dying with coronavirus.

It shows age remains the biggest risk factor. Being male is another.

But if you strip out age and sex, people of Bangladeshi ethnicity have twice the risk of death than people of white British ethnicity.

The risk is higher for other Asian, Caribbean and black ethnicities too.

But it remains unclear why.

The analysis on ethnicity and risk did not consider a person’s occupation or obesity, even though both are known risk factors for getting seriously ill with coronavirus.

It acknowledges that more work is needed to understand and advise people about the risk.

Click the image above or here to read further details. Or click here to read the report.


Although most of us welcome the summer sun, high temperatures can be harmful to your health. The heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Many of those who are at risk of harm from heat are also at greater risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 and may need to spend more time at home than they would usually. Others may need to stay at home because they are self-isolating or recovering from the infection.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, its especially important that you know what actions to take to keep yourself and others safe from high temperatures.

Click here or on the image above to read how you can stay safe and keep your home cool during hot weather.


28/05/2020

Government pledges to make 6,000 homes available for rough sleepers

The announcement is the latest reveal of the government’s plan to stop people returning to the streets following the Covid-19 crisis.

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Coronavirus: Dental practices to reopen from 8 June

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You can also click here or the image below to read the letter from Sara Hurley (Chief Dental Officer) and Matt Neligan (Director of Primary Care and System Transformation) where they ask all dental practices to commence opening from Monday 8 June for all face to face care.


Maternity support during COVID-19

Read about how coronavirus could affect you, your baby and your pregnancy care by clicking here or on the image below.

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Testing Now Available

Click the links below to book a test.

People can apply for drive-through and home testing here if they are an essential worker.
For people that aren’t essential workers, they can apply for a test here, with further details found here.
Details about care home coronavirus testing can be found here.


How to use the at home coronvirus testing kits:

Dr Amir Khan shows you how to self-administer a swab test for coronavirus. It’s a simple nasal and throat swab (this is different to the nasopharyngeal swab test). This is for the self-test kits in the UK – exact models may vary. Please always follow the written instructions provided with your kit. If you’re at home, please register your kit online per the instructions in your kit – otherwise you will not get your results. The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre can be contacted on 0300 303 2713 between the hours of 0700 – 2300. This service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 0300 303 2713.

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UK suffers highest death rate from coronavirus:

The UK has suffered the highest rate of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic among countries that produce comparable data, according to excess mortality figures.

The UK has registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending March 20, indicating that the virus has directly or indirectly killed 891 people per million.

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27/05/2020

Parents: Reducing stress, neglect and non-accidental injuries during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic:

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26/05/2020

Coronavirus deaths over 10,000 higher than Government figures

Yesterday, the Department of Health (DoH) put the UK’s coronavirus death toll at 36,914, with 261,184 confirmed cases. But according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has actually passed 47,000.

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coronavirus cases in west berkshire

Coronavirus: Crisis a chance to ‘end rough sleeping’


21/05/2020

Covid-19 statistics in West Berkshire Being highlighted at West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board

Deaths, new confirmed cases and number and proportion of care homes reporting an outbreak in WestBerks being compared to other regions.

As of April 17th “Hungerford has recorded the highest number of deaths” in West Berkshire, Compton and Chieveley hadn’t recorded any.


Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp speaking at the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting, highlighting some of the challenges and actions the Board need to take in relation to covid-19 while also going over some of the positive messages.

We also submitted 4 questions to the board in relation to covid-19 and care homes

What level of scrutiny/ transparency is happening in relation to Care Homes and Covid infection in West Berkshire, their levels of PPE, and numbers of staff trained to use PPE adequately?”

“How many care homes are on the ‘place with caution’ list currently due to Covid?”

How many care homes currently have a death or multiple deaths from Covid?”

Are Covid positive patients being discharged from Hospital to care homes in West Berkshire?”

Find out what the response was in the video below.


West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting

The West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting was livestreamed on West Berkshire Councils Youtube channel at 9:30am on Thursday 21st May.

You can watch the full meeting below.

20/05/2020

NEW West Berkshire Youth Hub Launched

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Coping with COVID-19 in Pregnancy Webinar

This webinar is open to all pregnant women who are receiving / plan to receive their maternity care under the SHIP (Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth) NHS Trusts.

Click here or the image below to access all the information.


What you can and cant do

Here’s a useful summary of some of the government changes that came in from last Wednesday.


19/05/2020

More than 44,000 coronavirus-related deaths in UK

The figures put out by the ONS are around one-third higher than those announced by the government.

This is because the ONS figures include all mentions of Covid-19 on a death certificate, including suspected coronavirus, and are based on the date that deaths occurred.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health figures are based on when deaths were reported, and are for deaths where a person has tested positive for Covid-19.

As of 5pm on Sunday, 34,796 people in the UK had died after testing positive for Covid-19, according to the Department of Health.

Of the 44,000 coronavirus-related deaths across the UK, ONS figures show that 39,071 occurred in England and Wales up to May 8.

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Mental Health Awareness Week Message during coronavirus lockdown from Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and Kate were joined by England captain Harry Kane, singer-songwriter Dua Lipa, actor David Tennant and two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, to delver a joint message broadcast across all radio stations in the UK at 10:59am on Monday 18th May  encouraging Britons to reach out to their friends.

Watch the video below.


Coronavirus symptoms: UK adds loss of smell and taste to list

“Do not go to a pharmacy, ask someone to go for you if you can.” and “stay at home if you have a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it could be coronavirus.” –   This is the new information added to www.nhs.uk following the news that loss of smell or taste is a coronavirus symptom.

You can click here or the image below to read the details, or click here to go to the NHS website and see updated guidance related to loss of smell and taste.


15/05/2020

Coronavirus involved in quarter of care home residents’ deaths in England and Wales

Data from the Office for National Statistics reveals that in the period from 2 March to 1 May 2020, there were 45,899 registered deaths of care home residents , 12,526 (27.3%) of which involved the virus.

The research found there had been a sharp increase in both deaths involving Covid-19 among care home residents and deaths not involving it. Between 28 December and 1 May, there were 73,180 care home deaths, 23,136 more than the same period last year.

The figures support the findings of a study from the London School of Economics published earlier this week which said the number of deaths among care home residents caused directly and indirectly by the pandemic was around 22,000, much higher than previously thought. The ONS said it was “looking into” the excess of non-Covid-19 deaths in care homes and would report its findings soon.

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14/05/2020

Healthwatch England Chair Sir Robert Francis on BBC Newsnight

Chair of Healthwatch Engalnd Sir Robert Francis on BBC Newsnight saying that intimidating treatment some NHS staff have experienced after speaking up about PPE supplies is “a disgrace” – “It doesn’t need many to be treated in that way for many more people to be deterred from speaking up.


BBC Radio 4 – The Inquiry – Why are so many ethnic minorities dying in the UK and US?

“In news reports and newspapers, pictures of British healthcare workers who have lost their lives to Covid-19 sit side by side. if you look at those faces one thing stands out clearly. Of the 119 cases of NHS deaths more than two thirds are black or an ethnic minority – yet they only make up 20% of the workforce. Figures from the National Health Service in England show a disproportionate number of Covid-19 deaths are among these group.”

So what’s going on? Listen to the audio below if you would like to find out.


A&E admissions fall to record low in England amid coronavirus fears

A&E attendances in England have fallen to their lowest figure on record as people stay away from hospitals in the face of coronavirus, new figures suggest.

NHS England data shows 0.9 million attendances were recorded in April 2020, down 57 per cent from 2.1 million in April 2019.

It is the lowest for any calendar month since records began in August 2010.

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Community pharmacies accept unwanted/out-of-date medicines for disposal from patients, as this is an NHS contractual requirement.

It is important to note that this service has not been suspended during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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13/05/2020

Anyone who has been advised to shield by the NHS or their GP should continue to do this until at least the end of June.

Click here or the image below to read the do’s and don’ts from NHS England.


12/05/2020

Healthwatch West Berkshire help change ONS COVID-19 Reporting for Learning Disabilities & Autism Deaths.

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Click here to access the latest ONS Figures.


For the first time, people in England are being advised to wear face coverings in some enclosed spaces.

The government for England says people should “aim to wear a face-covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and they come into contact with others that they do not normally meet”. That would include, for example, on public transport and in some shops.

They do not need to be worn outdoors, while exercising, in schools, in workplaces such as offices, and retail, or by those who may find them difficult to wear, such as children under two or primary aged children who cannot use them without assistance, or those who may have problems breathing whilst wearing a face covering.

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10/05/2020

Coronavirus: What are the new travel quarantine rules?

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BBC News – Call for public inquiry into BAME death risk

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07/05/2020

Black Britons almost twice as likely to die from coronavirus than white counterparts.

Black men and women are almost twice as likely to die from coronavirus when compared to white people, a new analysis by the Office for National Statistics has found.

The study, published today, shows that after accounting for age, wealth and factors such as disability, the risk of death for black men and women who contract Covid-19 was 1.9 times more likely than white men and women.

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06/05/2020


‘The UK has had more deaths from coronavirus than any other country in Europe’


03/05/2020

Coronavirus: UK hospital trials new treatment drug

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The Duchess of Cambridge in conversation with midwives, parents and leading sector experts

Duchess of Cambridge speaking with health professionals during Maternal Mental Health Matters Week about the impact COVID19 is having on new & expectant mothers


01/05/2020

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

“When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has introduced three new measures.

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing certain businesses and venues
  3. Stopping gatherings of more than two people in public

“Following these measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives. Key parts of the measures are underpinned by law, which sets out clearly what you must and must not do – every person in the country must comply with this. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.”

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Black African deaths three times higher than White Britons

Coronavirus patients from black African backgrounds in England and Wales are dying at more than triple the rate of white Britons, a study suggests.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said a higher proportion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds live in areas hit harder by Covid-19.

However, they tend to be younger on average, so should be less vulnerable.

But the report found various black, Asian and minority ethnic groups were experiencing higher per capita deaths.

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Statement by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

“On Friday 24th April the ‘Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’ came into force, and are not due to expire until 25th September. These regulations make significant temporary changes to the protections given in law to some of the most vulnerable children in the country – those living in care.

“I do not believe that the changes made in these regulations are necessary– except perhaps for some clarifications (in guidance) about contact with children taking place remotely during the lockdown. Children in care are already vulnerable, and this crisis is placing additional strain on them – as most are not in school, less able to have direct  contact with family and other trusted professionals, and facing the challenges of lockdown and anxiety about illness – all on top of the trauma they have already experienced. If anything, I would expect to see increased protections to ensure their needs are met during this period.”

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30/04/2020

NHS England issues plan to restart urgent non-covid care.

NHS England has set out a six-week action plan and priority areas for the health service as it seeks to restart a raft of non-coronavirus services. Click here or the image below to read the letter in full.


Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has agreed to manufacture and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford.

The company’s chief executive, Pascal Soriot, said that “the need for a vaccine to defeat the virus is urgent”.

The first human trial in Europe of a vaccine began in Oxford last week.

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29/04/2020

Doctors leaders in Berkshire West have stepped up a campaign to remind non coronavirus patients that surgeries are still open and need to see people who have any serious health concerns.

Dr Abid Irfan, Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Clinical Lead, said: “There’s been a lot of publicity advising people about coronavirus symptoms and the need to contact NHS 111 and self isolate.

 “Our concern is that in the midst of all this, people who don’t have coronavirus symptoms, but are obviously very unwell, are not getting in touch with their GPs.

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Coronavirus West Berkshire: Latest number of deaths involving Covid-19


28/04/2020

Coronavirus: Care home deaths up as hospital cases fall

A third of all coronavirus deaths in England and Wales are now happening in care homes, figures show. Office for National Statistics data showed there were 2,000 coronavirus care home deaths in the week ending 17 April – double the previous week. Projections for the following week – up to last Friday – suggested the numbers have since continued to rise. It comes as coronavirus hospital deaths have started falling after peaking on 8 April.

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Royal Berkshire Hospital launches pioneering COVID-19 Scheme


26/04/2020

Sir Simon Stevens urging the public to use the NHS

Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens has launched a major new drive to urge the public to seek care and treatment when they need it, saying ‘We are here for non-coronavirus patients too.

Find out more about how the NHS is encouraging people to use vital services by clicking HERE.


Daily Coronavirus updates from Sign Health

SignHealth regularly post daily coronavirus updates on their Youtube channel. Their video posted on Sunday 26th April can be found below. If you are interested in this content, then be sure to take a look at the SignHealth website.  


west berkshire coronavirus cases

24/04/2020

Covid19 update via Great Western Hospital Stakeholder breifing.

Read the details by clicking here or the image below.


Tell the NHS about your current experience of coronavirus

By answering some quick questions, you can help the NHS plan its response to coronavirus.

This survey will help the NHS understand more about how and where coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting people now.

The NHS especially wants to hear from you if you have symptoms, no matter how mild. But it also helps if you let us know if you’re feeling OK.

You can fill in this survey for yourself or for someone else, like a child or an elderly relative. If the person is aged 13 and over, check that they are happy for you to complete the survey for them.

Click HERE or on the image below to participate in the survey.


Up to 10 million key workers and their households can now book a coronavirus test online or through their employer, however as of 1:00pm on Friday 24th April “the online website for key workers to book coronavirus tests has temporarily closed following ‘significant demand’ the Department of Health has said

Click here or below to learn more, and to keep updated with the latest details.


23/04/2020

Coronavirus Guidance during Ramadan

As Muslims begin to prepare for the month of Ramadan, the NHS has issued a reminder to those who observe the Islamic holy month to avoid social gatherings because of the risk of coronavirus. Click here or the image below to read this advice from NHS England.

The Muslim Council of Britain have also put together guidance for keeping safe during Ramadan 2020. Click here or on the image below to read the guidance.


Hospital joins major Covid study

The Royal Berkshire Hospital has joined the world’s largest clinical trial of drug therapy for patients with Covid-19 – the RECOVERY Study.

Patients with suspected or proven Covid-19 who are admitted to the hospital will be offered the chance to participate in the research, which is taking place at hospitals across the UK and currently has 6,000 patients recruited from 169 different sites. Click here or the image below to read the full press release.


21/04/2020

New updates to occupational advice for employers and expectant mums from The Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Faculty of Occupational Medicine

Click here or the image below to read the full advice.


Royal Berkshire Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) is still a safe option for medical care

Steve McManus, Chief Executive of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, said today: “We’re keen to reassure people that our ‘cold’ ED is open for businesses and should be the first port of call for anyone who becomes very ill with things like stroke, heart or serious breathing problems.

Please don’t worry about catching coronavirus or being a burden on our staff.  We are all still here for people who need our help. The same goes for parents and carers who are worried about a child who is very unwell and needs quick medical assessment,” he said.

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West Berkshire council have put a leaflet together to give advice to people who are seeking extra support.

Please click here to read the full advice or the image below.


Urgent Dental Care in the South East stakeholder briefing


ONS weekly death data statistics

Office for National Statistics (ONS) weekly deaths data show that – of all deaths in England and Wales that occurred up to 10 April (registered up to 18 April), 13,121 involved COVID-19 – Comparatively Department for Health and Social Care figures show that 9,288 deaths occurred by 10 April.


20/04/2020

A new guide offering support to families struggling during the covid 19 lockdown has been produced by a group of leading local health and social care organisations.

Please click here or the image below to read more.


Lasting Power of Attorney Update

A lasting power of attorney is a document that protects you when you can’t speak for yourself.  Guidance on what you can and can’t do when making one during the COVID-19 outbreak has been created.

Please click the image below to read the full guidance .


17/04/2020

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust have made changes to some of the services that they offer due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here or the images below to take a look.


Emergency Dental Update from Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


15/04/2020

Sir Robert Francis BBC Radio 4

Sir Robert Francis, chair of Healthwatch England was on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday 15th April discussing the NHS, Coronavirus and the social care sector. Listen to the audio clip below.


Sir Simon Stevens on patients with urgent needs accessing NHS

Sir Simon Stevens on Sky news, saying that there is capacity to look after patients without Coronavirus. Patients with urgent or emergency needs should use the NHS.




Coronavirus cases in West Berkshire

Confirmed number of Coronavirus cases in West Berkshire have increased by 32 over the past day and are at 180.

Coronavirus cases west berkshire 1th april

Meals on wheels team are trained and ready to support you

We are delighted to have helped Fairclose make this happen, they and the partners have done an amazing job. Anyone who thinks they know someone who would benefit from the hot food/ sandwich pack delivery service should get in touch on 01635 40488. Click image below to read the full article.


West Berkshire Council leaflet

West Berkshire Councils leaflet, which gives information to help keep you safe during the coronavirus pandemic and tells you about help available from West Berkshire Council, is now available in Hindi, Urdu and Portuguese.


14/04/2020

BHFT Mental Health Update

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) have provided an update for people suffering with mental health. Click on the image below or click here to read the full guidance.


ONS death figures

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) have published figures for deaths registered in the week ending 3 April 2020 (week 14). The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 3 April 2020 was 16,387. Click on the image below for more information.


Update from Autism Berkshire during COVID-19 Outbreak 

Please click here or the image below for an update on support that Autism Berkshire is providing at the moment, including some new online autism advice workshops and support groups, plus an online Teen Life course for parents and carers of autistic young people in West Berkshire.


13/04/2020

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09/04/2020

Racecourse gallops in to help meals on wheels

We were delighted to have helped Fairclose make this happen, they and the partners have done an amazing job. Anyone who thinks they know someone who would benefit from the hot food/ sandwich pack delivery service should get in touch


Easter Openings for GP Surgeries from the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group

Click here or below to learn more info.


What is the difference between Social Distancing ,Self Isolation & Shielding?

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08/04/2020

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Chris Boulton and David Dean discuss Pharmacies

Chris Boulton (Lead Greenham Trust) talking to David Dean (Pharmacy Thames Valley) about the work members in the pharmacies in West Berkshire are doing, supporting the community during Coronavirus.

Listen to the audio clip from Kennet Radio below.


An important message about safeguarding

Liz Steadman, Head of Safeguarding Children NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group has shared an important message surrounding safeguarding. Click the image to watch the video:


An appeal from Steve McManus CEO of Royal Berkshire Hospital:

Picture of Steve McManus Chief Executive of Royal Berkshire Hospital outside main entrance of the hospital

07/04/2020

Coronavirus Update from Sign Health


Updated Coronavirus Guidelines now translated into 43 different languages

The complete list: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Estonian, Farsi, French, German. Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Kiswahili, Krio, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Oromo, Malayalam, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tamil, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Wolof, Yiddish.

Please click on the image below for more information



06/04/2020


Two Primary Care Hubs being set up in Berkshire West

The new Hubs are being organised by health officials from the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with local GPs. They will ease the burden on other healthcare facilities and free up hospital doctors to deal with more urgent coronavirus cases.


Downland Pharmacy Opening Hours Update


Coronavirus: How do you care for someone at home?


05/04/2020

Queens speech on Coronavirus


04/04/2020

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Changes to haematology and oncology services




03/04/2020


02/04/2020

Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp appeared in the Newbury Weekly news, urging people to follow self isolation advice while talking about the NHS, the Coronavirus, and the support that is available to help.

See/click the image below to have a read.


Coronavirus domestic abuse West Berkshire Support and Guidance

West Berkshire Council have created some support and guidance for those that are experiencing domestic abuse during the pandemic.

For a full version of this guidance including links to support services, please click the image below.


Click HERE for older Coronavirus News in March/February 2020