Covid 19 - Local news, Help and Support offered

Stay Alert, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

Note on 24th March 2020 -  Sadly, at the request of the Archbishops and bishops of the Diocese, we have had to close our church buildings, to try to help fighting the spread of the virus. That does not mean that the Church has shut up shop (further details). Our local churches are working together with others to give help and support to those who need it.

If you are a vulnerable person, call Norfolk County Council's dedicated helpline on 0344 8008020, Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

If you are in need of support or cannot access essential items, please fill in Broadland District Council's online form for non-urgent support. If you need to speak to someone immediately, call 01508 533933, Monday to Friday 08:15 - 17:00 and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00.

If you are a Broadland resident and need financial support please call 01508 533933, Monday to Friday 08:15 - 17:00.

Age UK's advice for anyone feeling anxious.

See below for Acle Medical Partnership

Information for individual villages

Reedham

For those self-isolating we have a group of local volunteers who want to help.

Please call or text Tina on 07976275032; Diana on 07799506809; Lesley on 07843248865; or email reedhamcovid19helpers@outlook.com if you need help with any of the following (free of charge)

Picking up shopping or other supplies such as prescriptions
Posting mail
Walking a dog
Regular phone calls to keep you company
or let us know what else you need and we will do what we can to help

If you would like to volunteer to help out, please email: reedhamcovid19helpers@outlook.com and add Helper in the subject bar.

Reedham St John the Baptist -  

Although the church is closed we will still be praying. If there are any particular prayer requests, please email on kncowen@tiscali.co.uk

Reedham Post Office is now open Mondays and Wednesdays 10am - 12 noon.

Freethorpe / Halvergate / Wickhampton

Freethorpe General Stores are delivering groceries.
Tessa (07810 541652) has offered help with shopping for the self-isolated.

Cantley / Limpenhoe / Southwood

Cantley Parish Council are organising a group of local volunteers to offer support similar to the Reedham Group.  Please contact 07443 42 77 88 or email Cantleyhelp@gmail.com

Pub Take-away

We understand that The Cock Tavern at Cantley is offering a take away menu (possibly with delivery) for those who need their Pub Meal fix - please contact 

01493 700895 for further details.

Beighton / Moulton St. Mary

Please see https://www.facebook.com/BeightonParishCouncil/  

Acle

The Community Resilience team is active: over half the streets in the village now have community volunteers. Those on Facebook can see www.facebook.com/AcleResilience1/ or message Acle Emergency Planning - Resilience.

 

Brundall Hardware are offering a delivery service of things like Pet food, DIY, cleaning things etc. 01603 714341 or visit their website.

Blofield Farm Shop has an Elderly and High Risk telephone delivery service and a Drive Through and Collect service. They are based at Norwich Camping and Leisure at 58 Yarmouth Road, Blofield, NR13 4LQ. 01603 715232

(We wouldn't normally advertise, but thought in the circumstances, the information might be really useful.)

Acle and Reedham Surgeries Update
'Acle Medical Partnership will remain open and available to serve our patients during the current crisis. We have had to change the way we work to adjust to staff being away and the need to protect our patients and staff as best we can. These changes are likely to outlast the current lockdown, as vulnerable patients will remain at risk for many months. We are taking the extraordinary measures outlined in this message in order to maintain the highest standard of infection prevention and control and to manage the demands on our workforce.
For this reason we will be making more changes from Monday 6th April 2020.
For the foreseeable future there will be no patient face-to-face appointments at our Reedham surgery. The surgery will be open for the collection of medications only, using a new outside dispensary hatch, being installed this weekend.
At Acle surgery we are also installing an outside hatch for the collection of medication. A new path has been laid around the front of the surgery which will be marked to allow for the 2 metre distancing for each patient.
If you cannot collect your medication because you are isolating at home or unable to get to the surgery please do not worry, we can deliver for you. We have increased our deliveries so that we can deliver to you. Olly and Tim are working every day.
From now onwards, our preferred means of patient contact will be by telephone or, for those of you with a smartphone or suitable computer, by video consultation. If this is offered, you will receive a text from the doctor with clear instructions on what to do. Acle will remain open for face-to-face appointments but all appointment requests will be reviewed by a doctor or nurse first and kept to a minimum for your safety.
Home visits will be provided when absolutely necessary, by a team of two, to allow the correct use of protective equipment.
From Monday April 6th the front door of Acle Surgery will be open by doorbell request only and no appointments will be made or enquiries permitted from callers who have no booked arrangement, or are not simply making a drop-off, for example a urine sample. If you need an appointment, please visit our website or telephone. Do not come to the surgery to make an appointment or an enquiry as unless you have an immediately life-threatening emergency (for which you should call 999), you will be asked to go home and phone. Everyone entering the building, staff included, will continue to be temperature and symptom checked before being allowed into the building.
We are taking these precautions because in other epidemics, medical staff have become an important source of infection for patients and we are resolved not to allow that to be the case for us.
If you need to contact our team please use our website: www.aclemedicalcentre.co.uk or telephone 01493 717796.
All staff on the ground floor of the building are now wearing protective work wear. If you are seen in an appointment, our clinical team will be wearing protective clothing – a mask, apron and gloves as a minimum. This measure is in place to protect us all, and you in particular.
We are here to help you. We will start making calls to our vulnerable patients to check you are keeping well. We are working closely with our social services and voluntary sector colleagues to try and assist you with your needs.
If you are worried about medication or food supplies please let us know.'