LATEST NEWS Aynho Parish Council met virtually on the 6th April and, in addition to the usual agenda items, discussed the village response to the Covid-19 situation. Key decisions were as follows:
We will be closing the tennis court on the playing field – this is a following a directive from NALC (National Association of Local Councils) that supports a government directive to take this action across the Country
We will keep the playing field open to enable exercise but will instigate a one way system around the track to avoid social distance clashes. Please, in the meantime, give way to the more elderly or frail users and runners should pass others by going off the track.
As the field is going to remain open, we believe it is difficult to close completely the outdoor gym equipment. The use of this equipment, like any other surface, does constitute a risk of virus particles being transferred so PLEASE ENSURE ANYONE WHO HAS USED THE EQUIPMENT WASHES THEIR HANDS THOROUGHLY ON RETURNING HOME. Users of the equipment do so at their own risk.
The Government guidelines of the use of open spaces is:
stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
if walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others.
Any comments/suggestions/concerns please email us at:
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There are other volunteer schemes being announced such as South Northamptonshire and NHS). We do not plan to register for these as a Council at this stage but feel free to do so as individuals if you want to offer help to a wider geography or ways that require formal checks such as DBS certificates.
For those helping local residents the Government guidance on How to Help Safely can be seenHERE
NHS111 CORONAVIRUS SERVICE This service asks a few questions to determine the likelihood of any symptoms you may have being caused by Coronavirus. A key questions is about the type of cough and defines a new cough as: New: means a cough that you’ve not had before, or if you usually have a cough, it’s got worse. Continuous: means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
ISOLATION NOTES To reduce the burden on GP practices a new online system, created by the NHS and the Department for Work and Pensions, is now live for patients to be emailed a digital isolation note. Isolation notes provide patients with evidence for their employers that they have been advised to self-isolate due to coronavirus, either because they have symptoms or they live with someone who has symptoms, and so cannot work. As isolation notes can be obtained without contacting a doctor, this will reduce the pressure on GP surgeries and prevent people needing to leave their homes. The notes can be accessed through the NHS website and NHS 111 online. After answering a few questions, an isolation note will be emailed to the user. If they don’t have an email address, they can have the note sent to a trusted family member or friend, or directly to their employer. The service can also be used to generate an isolation note on behalf of someone else.”
POLICE and 111 As concerns over Covid-19 increase, members of the public are reminded of the need to only use the 999 or 101 service where it is absolutely necessary, and to otherwise use the online reporting systems in place.While the Force continues to deal with Covid-19 and understand the detail of the Prime Ministers announcement, the force is urging people to head online to report non-emergency incidents and crimes. If the 101 call isn’t urgent, people should use the online forms available at www.northants.police.uk. The public can help reduce wait times by going digital, and thereby free up 999 and 101 for people who really need to speak to the police.
MEDICATION COLLECTIONS We can confirm that if you have a repeat prescription from Deddington Health Centre that is usually delivered then this service will continue.
We are making regular trips to local surgeries and many of our volunteers are offering to pick up medicines. Please contact Andy Anderson, our Aynho Connect Coordinator, who will be putting volunteers in touch with anyone who needs medication collected. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT PHARMACIES NEED A WEEKS NOTICE TO PROVIDE MEDICATION NOT ON FORMAL REPEAT PRESCRIPTION.
NEED SOMETHING CREATIVE TO DO? Catherine Stokes (Aynho resident) has donated 100 copies of a colouring book (worth £9.99) from her publishing company for use by any villager FREE. Colour your own cards and envelopes with these beautiful designs inspired by nature! Calm, creative entertainment, fun for all ages. And you will have cards to send to your friends and family to keep in touch too.
PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER Bin collections are continuing by South Northants, not Cherwell Council as stated incorrectly. We have some comments about the advice provided on reducing the risks or symptoms of viral illness including Covid 19. One study published in 2008 concluded “..the results support the folklore that a hot tasty drink is a beneficial treatment for relief of most symptoms of common cold and flu.” The information we provided was not extensively validated but did come from an NHS source. To be clear on two points:
Holding your breath for 10 seconds without coughing does not mean you are clear of the virus. If, however, you have any breathing difficulties such as being unable to do this as described you should obtain medical advice urgently.
Drinking water every 15 minutes does not physically wash away the virus from inside cells but continued hydration is important to support the immune system and does no harm.