Although Litton Cheney has not experienced the coronavirus yet it may only be a matter of time before we do so. If you find out that someone in the Village has been forced to self-isolate please consider helping them with essential needs using the above form, copies of which can be downloadedHERE
We are contacting all our patients to let you know the arrangements we are making to deal with the Coronavirus situation. The situation is changing daily and we expect further changes to be announced by the government in the next few days so our best advice is:•If you have access to the internet, check our website (www.porteshamsurgery.co.uk) for updates about arrangements at the Surgery (see also below);•Check reputable sites such as NHS England's coronavirus page. Search for "NHS England coronavirus" or type into the address bar: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/•If you don't have access to the internet, keep listening to reputable news broadcasts on television and radio. •If you have symptoms of a new cough or fever, you should check these with NHS 111. If it is hard to get through on the phone, there is a very easy symptom checker online athttps://111.nhs.uk/covid-19This takes you through the same questions as you would be asked by NHS 111 on the phone. •If your symptoms suggest Coronavirus, NHS 111 will advise you to stay at home and self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days. Check the NHS England website for advice on how to self-isolate. If you feel seriously unwell at home or your condition worsens, call NHS 111 or speak to us for advice if you can't get through. Do not come to the surgery!Arrangements at Portesham Surgery:•We are moving all doctors' appointments to telephone consultations wherever possible. If you have an appointment booked please contact us to confirm if we can telephone you at the appointed time to save you coming to the surgery.•We are moving all face to face appointments (doctors and nurse/HCA) to the mornings.•If patients have respiratory symptoms, we will ask you to check those symptoms on the NHS 111 online site given above. We can do this with you on the phone if you don't have internet access. •If your symptoms do not suggest Coronavirus, call us for advice or an appointment. We will see all respiratory patients in special afternoon clinics. In this way we can protect vulnerable patients who still need to be seen by a GP or nurse. •For the same reason we ask you to collect your prescriptions from the dispensary in the mornings before 1pm.•Nurse and blood-clinics continue as normal at the moment, but in the mornings, again to protect you.•If you prefer to cancel a non-urgent appointment, please remember to rebook it in due course. Contacting Portesham Surgery:•At this very busy time, please try to telephone us only with urgent medical queries. We only have 4 phone lines and if we are doing telephone consultations it will be harder to get through to us on the phone.•We are now live on eConsult. You can start an "e-consultation" with one of our GPs by clicking on the link our website www.porteshamsurgery.co.ukand completing a simple questionnaire online. This is emailed to us and you will get a response within 48 hours from your GP or our medical secretaries, depending on your query. This will be especially useful for non-urgent medical or administrative queries if it is hard to get through to us on the phone.•We are texting and emailing our patients with any urgent updates about arrangements at the Surgery. Please make sure we have your up to date details if we can contact you in this way.
Letter from the Parish Council
Dear Litton Cheney Resident, Parishioner & Neighbour,At this time of uncertainty, we want you to know that you are not alone and that there are people in the village to support you. If you are concerned about leaving your house at the moment, there are a team of villagers who are able to help. So, if you need anything, please do give one of us a ring. This might be for nipping to the shop for some groceries, collecting prescriptions, a chat on the phone, looking on the internet for information. We will find someone to help.Everyone in the village has been very quick in offering their assistance including those on the Litton Cheney Observer Facebook Page, The Premier Crew, and various individuals who phoned or emailed to say they were available to help where necessary, More information has been made available on the Litton Cheney Website and there are notices on boards in Litton and other villages in the Bride Valley. This is the time when we all need to pull together, and that seems to be happening without any prompting - Thank You!If you know of someone who needs help or keeping an eye on, and you perhaps are not always available to offer that support, again please let us know. This is a fast changing situation. Already many local events in and around the village have been postponed or cancelled, including church services - many more will follow. There are going to be times of hardship for many, young and old, and imposed loneliness for some so if it is possible to hear a cheery greeting, or a "Hope you're alright?" it might just help. The Litton Cheney Trust have asked us to mention that if anyone is suffering severe financial hardship to contact Trustee Richard Jones on 482602.Once this is hopefully all over perhaps we can organise a gigantic village celebration where we can congratulate and thank our community as a whole for being hugely supportive to all in the face of adversity. We shall overcome!Good Health & Stay Well, and do please find time to check on a neighbour.Very best wishes,Bill Orchard (Chairman) - 482669, Kathryn Brooks (Deputy Chairman) - 482548, John Firrell - 482313, Andy King - 482594, Andrew Price - 482828, Bella Spurrier - 482367 and Clerk Maggie Walsh - 281561
What to do if You get the Virus - A Nurse’s Advice
There are a lot of recommendations regarding how to avoid getting coronavirus in the first place - good hand washing, personal hygiene, social distancing etc. - but not a lot of advice what to do if you actually get it, which many of us will. So as your friendly Neighbourhood Nurse let me make some suggestions:You basically just want to prepare as though you know you’re going to get a nasty respiratory bug, like bronchitis or pneumonia. You just have the foresight to know it might come your way! Things you should actually buy ahead of time: (not sure what the obsession with toilet paper is). Kleenex, Paracetamol, your generic choice of a mucus-thinning cough medicine - check the label and make sure you are not doubling-up on Paracetamol. (honey and lemon can work just as well)! Vick vapour rub for your chest is also a great suggestion.If you don’t have a humidifier that would be a good thing to buy and use in your room overnight. (you can also just turn the shower on hot and sit in the bathroom breathing in the steam).If you have a history of asthma and you have a prescription inhaler, make sure the one you have isn’t expired and refill it/get a new one if necessary.This is also a good time to meal prep. Make a big batch of your favourite soup to freeze and have on hand.Stock up on whatever your favourite clear fluids are to drink – though tap water is fine you may appreciate some variety!Hydrate (drink!) hydrate, hydrate! Rest Lots. You should not be leaving your house! Even if you are feeling better you may still be infectious for 14 days and older people and those with existing health conditions should be avoided!Ask friends and family to leave supplies outside to avoid contact.You DO NOT NEED TO GO TO HOSPITALunless you are having trouble breathing or your fever is very high (over 39 degrees) and unmanaged with medication. 90% of healthy adult cases thus far have been managed at home with basic rest, hydration and over-the-counter medicines.If you are worried or in distress or feel your symptoms are getting worse ring 111 and they will advise if you need to go to hospital. The hospital beds will be used for people who actively need oxygen/breathing treatments/IV fluids.If you have a pre-existing lung condition (COPD, emphysema, lung cancer) or are on immunosupressants, now is a great time to talk to your doctor or specialist about what they would like you to do if you get sick.One major relief to you parents is that children cope very well with coronavirus – they usually bounce back in a few days (but they will still be infectious), just use paediatric dosing.Be calm and prepare rationally and everything will be fine. Share this as its great advice!’
Revised Train Timetables
SWR will reduce the number of services it will be running from Monday 23 March, following the Government’s announcement urging people to avoid all but essential travel in order to help limit the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus.The spread of the COVID-19 means like at most other organisations, more of our staff are having to follow advice to stay at home unwell and self-isolate for up to 14 days. By reducing the number of trains running, we can focus on ensuring a reliable timetable for passengers who still have to travel, especially healthcare professionals, police and fire service workers. We are asking all passengers to follow the Government’s advice to avoid all but essential travel. But those passengers who do have to use our services should check before they travel.Our colleagues on the front line are working very hard to ensure that those who need to travel get to where they need to be, when they need to be there, and the rest of the business is focusing on supporting them. For more information please visit:www.southwesternrailway.com/coronavirus