Practices will be working hard to source protective equipment and put measures in place to maintain social distancing measures. In England, many will not be able to offer all treatments from 8 June, but practices will need to prioritise their patients based upon their needs.
 
  • If you call to make an appointment, you will be asked some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again at your appointment
  • You will probably be asked to use hand sanitiser or to wash your hands when you arrive (and again before you leave)
  • You will also find that waiting rooms might look a little different with two metre markers in place
  • You will also notice that the dental team may be wearing different protective equipment to what you are used to seeing
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Click here or the image above to see more information from Oral Health Foundation.
Despite the warm weather, it is crucial that we all continue to follow social distancing measures Sun with rays 

To help reduce the spread of #coronavirus, make sure to:
  • Limit contact with people 
  • Stay 2 metres apart in public 
  • Wash your hands regularly
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Face Masks 

If you can, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops. You should be prepared to remove your face covering if asked to do so by police officers and staff for the purposes of identification.

Evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you. However, if you are infected but have not yet developed symptoms, it may provide some protection for others you come into close contact with.


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Once I knew my rights, things got so much better". Our advocates are here to ensure that your rights are upheld and feedback like this shows the positive difference #advocacy makes to the lives of vulnerable people. We are here to help.

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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.


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West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries

(See below an excerpt from a new mother )
 
'' When I had my son on the 14th February 2020 in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, I wasn't allowed more than one visitor because of Norovirus, Covid-19 wasn't major news at this point and I naively thought that it wouldn't really touch the UK.

I was lucky enough to have my usual midwife checks at home and in the West Berkshire Community Hospital as well as meeting with my Health Visitor who was offering me a bit of extra mental health support due to the 'baby blues'.

In early March however I remember hearing that sad news that a patient had passed away in the RBH and from that moment, things started to change.''



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Be sure to check back for new diaries from the West Berkshire Community. If you are interested in writing a blog for Healthwatch West Berkshire about your experiences please email us: contact@healthwatchwestberks.org.uk 
 
 
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