Coronavirus News

Posted April 22, 2022

Government sets out next steps for living with COVID

Free Covid Tests will be available for certain groups

New guidance outlines free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups now the free testing for the general public ended on 1 April.

Free COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups including eligible patients and NHS and care staff once the universal testing offer ends on 1 April and next steps for adult social care set out.

For more information, and to read the Government guidelines click the link HERE


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


21/04/2020

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

206 coronavirus cases in west berkshire april 20th

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

Coronavirus west berkshire 13th April 2020

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

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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