August Recovery Briefing
Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, is warning that hundreds of thousands of children will return to school in two weeks with the threat of housing eviction hanging over their families. Her intervention comes as the Children’s Commissioner’s Office publishes a new report revealing the experiences of the thousands of children who had to live in Bed and Breakfast temporary accommodation during the covid-19 lockdown earlier this year. The report highlights the damaging effects eviction and homelessness can have for vulnerable children. Click here to read further details about this story.
Update from Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Patients at Royal Berkshire Hospital having a planned procedure will now have to follow the additional instructions highlighted below, which you can also view by clicking here
Our Chief Officer discusses Public Health England being replaced on BBC Radio Berkshire
Our Chief Officer Andrew Sharp was speaking to John Holmes on BBC Radio Berkshire on Tuesday 18th August 2020, discussing Public Health England being replaced by a new body focused on preparing for external threats. If you would like to find out what was said, you can listen to the audio clip by clicking here or clicking the image above.
Covid-19 statistics for West Berkshire 
West Berkshire Council have a page on their website with a summary of data and information related to Covid-19. The graph above shows that the number of positive tests for coronavirus in West Berkshire has remained stable over the last 3 weeks, but that there have been an increase of cases since the lows of June, and that cases have increased during the week of 19th August, compared to the week of 12th August.
If you would like to read the full details, including a breakdown of Covid-19 cases among local areas within West Berkshire,  how West Berkshire compares to other regions across Berkshire, and further information, then please click here or on either of the two images above.
West Berkshire Social care services are doing everything they can during these challenging times to keep your relatives well in care homes, but there might be things that can be improved. Your feedback helps services spot issues that are affecting the care for your loved ones in care homes. #TellUs 
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