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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Updates

LETTER FROM THE ESNEFT CHAPLAINCY TEAM REGARIND SUPPORTING NHS STAFF

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LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP & DIOCESE BISHOPS OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND

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CLOSURE OF CHURCH BUILDINGS

 

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to say that all Church buildings be closes, not only for Public Worship, but also for Private Prayer.

 

This decision has been taken following medical advice to the Church and in response to the Government’s announcement about further measures to slow the spread of Coronavirus on 23rd March 2020.  We are very sorry to report and to comply with this, but please find more information here: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/coronavirus-faqs

 

At present, building work will continue at All Saints’, unless Government guidelines change. 

KEEPING YOU UPDATED - 25TH MARCH 2020

Due to Governement Guidance, we are currently sending out weekly Notice Sheets and Church updates regarding COVID-19 updates by email.

 

If you would like to receive a copy, please email our United Benefice Administrator, 

Fleur Harris, by clicking this link:  EMail

KELVEDON & FEERNG VILLAGES CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT - 24TH MARCH 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM BISHOP STEPHEN REGARDING CHURCH CLOSURES

- 22ND MARCH 2020

 

Dear Simon,

 

Because of a very large rise in  the number of people contracting Covid19 in London over the past 24 hours, from 6.00pm today all churches in London are being asked to close their doors. I am attaching a letter that I have signed along with the bishops of London, Southwark and Rochester.

 

In solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Barking Episcopal Area and in anticipation of the fact that we may all have to do this shortly, I am asking every church in the Chelmsford diocese to now close its doors to those coming for private prayer. The offering of worship must still go on each day and clergy and appropriately authorised or licensed lay ministers can still lead services in church. But we can no longer open our doors to those who may wish to come and pray in our buildings. This is not so much because the praying in the buildings unsafe, but we need to do all that we can to encourage people to stay indoors wherever possible, and our churches advertised as being open is giving a mixed message.

 

We make this decision with huge sadness, but believe it is the right thing to do. In the meantime, the diocese will continue to work hard to provide resources for people to pray and worship at home.

 

With the assurance of my prayers and with thanks for all you are doing,

 

+Stephen

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND - 17TH MARCH 2020 

In light of the Government Guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

 

St Mary's Church will still be open daily during daylight hours for quiet time with your thoughts and prayers but with no public worship services taking place. Prayers can be said by clergy or ministers on behalf of everyone and more information regarding this will follow.

 

The Church is aware that this is a very difficult time and will prompt a number of further questions. We hope to provide answers as soon as possible.

 

Further information can be found on the Church of England website:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na

 

And from the UK Government website:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

 

Thank you for your assistance with following these recommendations.

 

MESSAGES FROM KELVEDON & FEERING HEALTH CENTRE AND DICKENS PLACE

SURGERY:

 

- 20TH MARCH - MEDICAL CERTIFCATES & CORNAVIRUS 

 

Until further guidance is issued, please download the letter (link below) if needed by patients who are asked to provide a medical certificate by employers when self-isolating from the coronavirus crisis.

The Practice will not provide medical certificates.

Medical certificate information regarding Coronavirus

 

- 20TH MARCH 2020 - COMPUTER SYSTEM IS NOW RUNNING

The computer system is now running again.

 

- 20TH MARCH 2020 - COMPUTER SYSTEM IS DOWN

 

Just to inform you that as of 8.00am this morning the computer system has gone down. 

Patients will still be called and if needed to come in, will still be asked to do so. This is no fault of the surgery and we are currently working with our IT engineers to get the system up and running as quickly as possible.

 

- 19TH MARCH 2020 - LATEST UPDATES & INFORMATION RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS

 

1) An ask from Kelvedon and Feering Health Centre 

Please can we ask patients NOT TO put bodily fluid samples in the post box with the post and prescription requests – this is very unhygienic and runs the risk of prescriptions not being able to be processed.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

 

2) Advice and guidance on coronavirus - From Public Health England (19 March 2020)

Up-to-date advice from Public Health England. Anyone who is unwell should go to NHS111 online first for advice, rather than approaching their GP practice. 

We ask all practices to stop any private work they are doing to help free up capacity. These include Medicals, Insurance claims etc

 

Patients will be clearly advised to visit http://nhs.uk/coronavirus in the first instance and not to visit their practice, if they have relevant symptoms. The key principle is that we free up practice capacity to prioritise workload to both prepare for and manage the COVID-19 outbreak.

Patient Participation Groups (PPG) to stop any similar local activity that might involve gatherings of potentially vulnerable patients.

Patients should be strongly encouraged to use online services for repeat prescription ordering.

 

19/3/2020 - We have had patients turn up at the surgery rather than wait for the clinician to ring them. This way of working has been put in place to protect the patient and more importantly the staff who are carrying out essential work. If you know that you are in the “at risk” category PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY.

 

The surgery over time may have to work in a totally different way to what we are all used to and the help and patience from our communities until the pandemic is under control will be very much appreciated. 

 

3) Covid-19 and Requests for Doctor’s Notes (the MED3 ‘Fit Note’)

 

i. Personally affected so isolating for seven days 

Patients can and should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if they are unfit to work. 

They do not need to contact their GP. 

 

ii. Personally affected and remaining unwell for over seven days 

If they remain unwell and unfit to work after seven days the current advice is to visit www.111.nhs.uk where there is an online self-assessment tool; the patient may be invited to call 111 and given further advice and a MED3 certificate emailed to them. 

They do not need to contact their GP. 

 

iii. Household contact affected so isolating for fourteen days as per government advice 

 

iv. At risk group so following government advice 

GPs cannot and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies. 

They do not need to contact their GP. 

 

v. Those in full time education. 

There is no NHS requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’. 

They do not need to contact their GP.

 

As per the current www.gov.uk S13 Guidance for Employers it should be noted that: 

“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. This does not need to be a fit note (MED3) issued by a GP or any other doctor”. 

“Your employee will be advised to isolate themselves and not to work in contact with other people by NHS 111 or Public Health England if they are a carrier of, or have been in contact with, an infectious or contagious disease, such as Covid- 19”. 

“We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home due to suspected Covid-19, in accordance with the public health advice being issued by the government”.

 

- 18th MARCH 2020 -  WE HAVE ADDED A MOBILE NUMBER FOR THE KFHC SURGERY 

To cope with the extra demand of the telephone system we have added a mobile number 07591 378 705. The phone will be manned between 08.00 - 16.00.

For up to date information on the Coronavirus, click on the NHS website link here

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

- 16TH MARCH 2020 - IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ACCESSING THE KFHC

SURGERY

The Surgery Door will be closed as of tomorrow (17 March 2020). 

 

Patients will be screened by a member of the team at the front door to access Covid-19

screening. We will be providing mobile numbers for patients to have better access to the

surgery. These will be put on the website and shared with the various channels noted below. 

 

Please note that we are receiving regular updates and guidance on Coronavirus from

NHS England and will continue to share these as we receive them. 

 

 16 MARCH 2020 - UPDATED INFORMATION FROM NHS ENGLAND

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new

infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients

and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. 

 

The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of

the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.

 

The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them

you're staying at home.

 

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Stay At Home advice can be found here 

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
  • Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

More information can be found on the NHS website here

 

- 13TH MARCH 2020 - UPDATED CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

We have been asked to share this message from NHS England with practice staff and

patients:

 

We are concerned that patients seeking information on coronavirus are being directed to call

111 rather than use NHS 111 online.  NHS 111 is experiencing very high call volumes.

 

If you require general information on coronavirus, please use this url:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
  
If you think you may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has,

the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell you what to do based on

your particular circumstances. These can be accessed at: 

https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

 

A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE FOR CHURCH WARDENS AND CLERGY FROM
CHELMSFORD DIOCESE 

Many of our communications are about our important contribution to the national effort to protect

people from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

As Christians and as a church we also have a distinctive role to play; a role which goes beyond

public health. We  want to share with you some guidelines that Rev Caroline Beckett has written for

her own church in Brightlingsea and which we’d encourage you to share with yours:

 

1) Check on your vulnerable friends and neighbours. Would you know if they were self-isolating?

Do you have each other's phone numbers? A good time (and good excuse) to swap contact details

with your neighbours. 

 

2) Don't stockpile, or people with medical conditions who need extra toilet roll, painkillers, face masks

or hand gel all the time will suffer if they can't get them or the prices become ridiculous. Also, face

masks only stop an affected person passing on the virus if *they* wear one, most of them will not stop

you from getting it if *you* wear one. As for hand sanitiser, your chances of avoiding the virus are

increased if everyone else can keep their hands clean as well so sharing is better than hoarding. 

 

3) If you have these resources, consider who you could share them with. 

 

4) Some people who are self-employed or have no sickness cover in their contract will suffer financial

hardship if they have to self-isolate. Consider giving to charities like Foodbank that will support them. 

 

5) Stay calm and help keep others calm. 

 

6) Challenge racism: it is ugly and unnecessary. This virus does not target and is not caused by a

particular race, just because someone has a different accent does not mean they have just come

from abroad and it is hurtful to minorities if they are unfairly treated with suspicion. 

 

7) Make a plan for if you have to self-isolate. Think about the support you might need. Help

vulnerable people you know to do the same.

 

WHAT'S ON

 

Calendar & Events

 

TEDDY BEAR CLUB every Wednesday 9:30am (St Mary's) - find out more click here(Term time only).

 

See the Services page for information of upcoming services.

 

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