CORONAVIRUS - Update from West Sussex County Council
From West Sussex County Council - Friday 17 April 2020
As we enter a further stage of lockdown we wanted to give a reminder of where you can find the latest information and updates regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.
It is so important that we all continue to stay at home wherever possible and do not meet others, even friends or family.
Remember you can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
We should all make sure we:
• Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
• Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
• Wash our hands as soon as we get home
With the majority of us spending prolonged periods of time at home, taking care of your mind as well as your body has never been more important.
The Every Mind Matters website from the NHS has guidance, tips and advice on looking after your mental health and wellbeing at this challenging time.
If you are unsure about the advice then take a look at the government website for guidance on what you can and cannot do.
There is also a really helpful blog from Public Health England which is regularly updated to answer many frequently asked questions.
There are steps we can all take to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Please follow the NHS advice and:
• wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
• always wash your hands when you get home or into work
• use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Please also visit our dedicated webpage where you can find updates on our services and how they are being impacted in light of the current situation, as well as lots of other links to useful sources of information for residents and businesses.
Thank you to the care workers
People working in care are doing an amazing job at this particularly difficult time and we want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to each and every person caring for our vulnerable and elderly residents.
Now more than ever the care sector needs more people to work in care, so if you feel you have the skills and values to take on this challenging but enormously rewarding role please search for local jobs or contact our Proud to Care team here.
People from all sorts of backgrounds can be perfect for a job in care - read about Brendan who worked in Hotel Management for 25 years until he changed careers to work in care and hasn’t looked back.
Support and local advice
Could you benefit from emotional support, guidance and a listening ear?
If so, Carers Support West Sussex are on hand to help during these uncertain times.
They are available via email, phone or online where they can offer you a friendly and informal chat.
You do not need to be in a caring role to benefit from this service.
Phone: 0300 028 8888
Website and online chat: www.carerssupport.org.uk
Response line opening times: Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri 9am - 5pm, Wed 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-12pm.
Urgent appeal for specialist equipment
People in West Sussex who are no longer using key items of specialist community equipment are being asked to return them as soon as possible to help the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.
Items urgently needed include; specialist hospital-style beds, mattresses, hoists, commodes.
Any unused equipment currently on loan can be returned if no longer needed.
To arrange a collection please phone NRS Healthcare on 0345 127 2931 or email email@example.com
NRS Healthcare runs the county’s specialist rehab equipment service on behalf of the council and the local NHS.
All collection drivers will follow strict social distancing measures.
Need some extra help?
Vulnerable residents can get support with our community hub. You can also volunteer to help. Find out more.
The West Sussex Record Office is asking residents to document their experience during the coronavirus. Learn more.
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