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Get NHS advice about COVID-19, including symptoms, testing, vaccination and staying at home.
Changes to testing
Find out about the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you or your child has them.
Find out if you should get a test for COVID-19, who can get free NHS tests, how to get tested, and what your test result means
Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
NHS COVID Pass
Find out how to get your COVID Pass for travelling abroad and for certain venues and events in England.
What to do if you have or might have COVID-19
Find out what to do if you've tested positive or have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Self-care and treatments
Advice about how to look after yourself at home if you have COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19, and read about treatments for COVID-19.
People at higher risk
Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including people with health conditions and pregnant women.
How to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19
Advice about what you can do to reduce your risk of catching and spreading COVID-19.
Long-term effects (long COVID)
Find out about the long-term effects COVID-19 can sometimes have and what help is available.
Using the NHS and other health services
Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.
Take part in research
Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app
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COVID 19 - Shielding patients
Specific Information and advice in:
Test. Trace. Protect.
To keep Wales safe.
The following advice will help to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep you, your friends, family, and community safe.
If you get symptoms of Coronavirus:
You can apply for a test online: www.gov.wales/applycoronavirus-test
Or call 119 for free between 7am and 11pm.
People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001 119
Tests take place at drive through testing centres or can be posted to your home.
If you choose a home testing kit, a video to show you how to take the test can be found here: gov.wales/using-coronavirus-home-testing-kit
Contact tracers do not monitor where you’ve been or what you’ve been doing. You will not be reported when giving information about your contacts and your movements. We only use the information to stop the spread of the virus.
Further information about testing and contact tracing can be found here: gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus
Be Aware of Scammers
Contact from the NHS Wales Trace, Test, Protect service will only be from these official channels:
If in any doubt, hang up or do not respond.
Protect yourself and others
Testing and contact tracing are only one way of preventing the spread of the virus. It is vital that we all continue to:
The most effective way to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus is to follow these steps.
Anyone who has coronavirus symptoms should not go out, even if they are wearing a face covering.
***IMPORTANT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION***
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY REGARDING SICK NOTES FOR SELF ISOLATION. PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW.
The government is legislating for SSP to be paid from day 1, rather than day 4, of your absence from workif you are absent from work due to sickness or need to self-isolate caused by COVID-19. Once the legislation has been passed, this will apply retrospectively from 13 March. You should talk to your employer if you are eligible for SSP and need to claim.
From Friday 20 March onwards, those who have COVID-19 or are advised to self-isolate will be able to obtain an “isolation note” by visiting NHS 111 online and completing an online form, rather than visiting a doctor. For COVID-19 cases this replaces the usual need to provide a “fit note” after seven days of sickness absence. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.
Newport Minds ‘Branch Out’ project are looking for young people aged 15-25 who want to be; more active outdoors and in nature, meeting other young people with similar interests, learning new coping skills. To find out more and register your interest, visit the following link;
https://georgiahoward.typeform.com/to/OJd4VIMH To speak to someone for more information, please contact email@example.com or call: 01633 258741
Video chat technology connects those affected by a brain tumour diagnosis.
Brain Tumour Support's unique network of regional support groups for brain tumour patients and their loved ones, provide a lifeline for many facing the trauma of a brain tumour diagnosis. At the start of the corona virus pandemic, these group meetings had to be put on hold, but the need to bring people together and lift spirits at this difficult time, is greater than ever. To respond to this need, Brain Tumour Support is organising video chat groups instead.
“We’ve kept our chats very informal,” says James Bartlett, Brain Tumour Support Worker for South East Wales. “Many have never tried video chats before and have had to step out of their comfort zone in order to join it. Many commented on how lovely it was to see people’s faces, sharing smiles and laughter. For some, who had been in extended lockdown because they are immuno-compromised due to chemotherapy, this was welcome relief..
Many of the people that the charity supports have had to surrender their driving licences and, especially if living remotely, that makes it very difficult to attend a normal Support Group.
Dates for up coming Video Chats via zoom are –
National Survey for Wales (monthly survey): June 2020
The survey has just been published for June 2020 and is based on telephone interviews with people across Wales and includes questions on the impact of COVID-19. The National Survey for Wales involves around 12,000 people each year and covers a wide range of topics. It runs all year round, across the whole of Wales. The results are used by the Welsh Government to help make Wales a better place to live. Results from each month's fieldwork will be published the following month To view the latest summary please go to the link below;
Seeking unpaid carers involvement-Carers Wales
Free Online event: 12 august 14.00pm-15.00pm
An invitation to engage with organisations and carers about the work of Carers Wales and the ways organisations could work together. Carers Wales works to make life better for carers across Wales, by:
To find out more and to register for the online event on please access the link below;
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carers-wales-what-we-do-and-our-future-work-tickets-113601436956 Once you have registered you will be able to access the Zoom meeting link.
Rough Sleeping in Wales – Everyone’s Problem; No One’s Responsibility
Report of the Auditor General for Wales-July 2020
The Wales Audit Office we have examined how public bodies are responding to and addressing wicked issues using people sleeping rough as a tracer. Rough sleeping is not simply a homelessness problem. To end rough sleeping, solutions need to address both accommodation and support needs and requires many public bodies – for example, councils, the Police, health bodies, housing associations, the National Probation Service and others – to change how they work and what they do to tackle rough sleeping. As statutory multi-agency boards, Public Service Boards are well placed to coordinate and drive these changes through their well-being assessments and plans. To access the report please use the link below;
Charter for volunteering and workplace relationships
The Charter is about clarifying and strengthening relations between paid workers and volunteers. Harmonious relations between paid workers and volunteers are essential to the smooth and safe delivery of public services, with each understanding and complementing the other’s role. This charter has been developed by Wales Trade Union Congress (Wales TUC) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), setting out key principles for successful volunteering and positive workplace relationships.
Webinar: Responding to LGBTQ+ inequalities during COVID-19 and beyond Last week a webinar was held with NHS Employers to explore the inequalities experienced by LGBTQ+ people and, in particular, those experiences of LGBTQ+ healthcare staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 300 people attended the live webinar. For people who were unable to join due to other commitments, can view the recording and the slides, you can access them here;
https://www.nhsconfed.org/resources/2020/07/responding-to-lgbtq-inequalities-during-covid-19-and-beyond If you have any questions or comments, please tweet or email: LGBTQnetwork@nhsconfed.org
Bevan commission –distance aware
The Bevan Commission are supporting this national initiative which provides a way for individuals and organisations to politely prompt ongoing distancing and respect of individual social space. There are a variety of templates to download or you can create your own. Please visit the Bevan Commission website to find out how at; https://www.bevancommission.org/distance-aware
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