Covid Symptom Study from Wychwood Surgery

Logging your health daily is more important than ever With lockdown measures easing, there are plenty of new opportunities for ‘R’ to increase. As the weather improves and children and teachers head back to school, more people will come into contact with one another. The risk of new COVID hotspots emerging is also likely to increase without adequate monitoring. Our app is a crucial early detection tool to understand if there is a risk of a second wave of the virus. It’s is more important than ever that you keep logging daily using our app to help us to detect new COVID hotspots earlier. Protect your community as lockdown lifts by reporting for yourself and behalf of your children to stop the spread of new infections quicker. We would also like to encourage you to share the app with schools, parent’s associations, and other organisations within your community. The more of us there are using the app daily, the more accurately and quickly we will be able to identify potential hotspots. How might I keep my kids safe as they return to school?

As children return to school, we know that parents may be wondering how they can protect their children from COVID. We’ve made sure to cover this topic in one of our latest blog posts. Read our six tips for keeping your children safe as they go back to school. We encourage all parents to take just 1 minute each day to keep using our app to log on behalf of their children. This data will help us better understand how the virus might affect kids and identify potential COVID hotspots as schools reopen. New incidence data: are the numbers falling? Last week we published insights into the number of daily new COVID cases are occurring in England. We have now added daily case estimates for Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, which you can find on our website. Stay well,

Professor Tim Spector
On behalf of ZOE

Dix Pit to re-open next Monday

Dix Pit to re-open next Monday
The Dix Pit household waste recycling centre will reopen on Monday 18 May but residents are being urged to hold their visit unless it is absolutely essential.
Long tailbacks are expected at the site run by Oxfordshire County Council. These are set to be exacerbated by reduced opening hours and the number of vehicles accessing the site being reduced by 50 per cent to allow for social distancing.

Government guidance says that trips to a recycling centre should only be made if ‘essential’ – that is if the waste cannot be stored safely without harm to health.  It adds: “It would be reasonable for residents to undertake a journey to a HWRC if the waste or recycling could not be stored safely at home or disposed of through other legitimate routes such as a dedicated collection.
“By this we mean that the waste/recycling could not be stored on their property without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household or harm to public health and amenity.” Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council, said: “We know there has been considerable frustration with the site being closed but hopefully this decision will help ease the situation and help prevent fly-tipping. “I would urge residents not to react too hastily though as we don’t want to see the site overwhelmed. If you can delay for a while longer, this would help everyone concerned.”

Residents are also reminded that the full bulky waste service will be available again from Thursday 14 May. For more information, see: https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/getting-rid-of-large-items/

Things to remember when visiting the reopened centres:
  You should only visit the site if you cannot safely store your waste at home.
Revised opening hours: All sites will open at 8am and close at 4pm to allow them to be cleaned for the following day.
The summer evening opening hours are suspended.
Vehicle numbers and parking bays will be reduced on site, and once the maximum is reached the site will operate on a one-out one-in basis.

PLEASE NOTE the potential for long delays and queues. Please follow any instructions given by traffic marshals to ensure queues are managed safely
Charges for non-household waste brought to sites will continue and this will be by contactless card payment only.
Residents are expected to self-police and abide by social distancing of two metres from site teams and other residents at all times.
For an initial period, no hire vans or trailers will be permitted onto sites. Site teams will be there for guidance only and will not be able to assist residents in unloading their waste.
Only one resident will be permitted out of the vehicle, unless it is to unload a heavy load which would otherwise be unsafe to remove.
Visits are best made by just one person per vehicle.
In line with Public Health England guidance, residents who are vulnerable, or who are showing symptoms which may indicate coronavirus, should not visit household recycling centres.
Residents are requested to ensure all waste is pre-sorted before arriving at site to ensure minimum time on site.
Please refer to the Oxfordshire County Council website before leaving home to familiarise yourself with these and to avoid frustration and delay:
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/wastereopenquestions

Scam advice for residents (charity worker scams)

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.

Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):

How to check if they are genuine:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at gov.uk/checkcharity. Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronaviru

Oxfordshire residents warned against coronavirus scams

Residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

In Oxfordshire, County Council’s Trading Standards has received reports of scams targeting people via emails, text messages, and on the doorstep.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

https://news.oxfordshire.gov.uk/oxfordshire-residents-warned-against-coronavirus-scams/

Withdrawal of 210 bus service

Statement from West Oxfordshire Community Transport:

‘ It is with great sadness that we have to advise you that following the

> Prime Minister’s announcement, we have decided to

> withdraw all our bus services with immediate effect’.

An Urgent Message from The Management team at Wychwood Surgery

To all Patients,

In light of the new Coronavirus guidelines, in order to reduce spread & protect vulnerable patients, from Monday, 16th March until further notice, we are suspending walk-in GP appointments.

All appointments to see a GP will be triaged by a telephone consult with a GP. If the GP thinks that you need to be seen face to face, you will be given a specified appointment. For some health concerns or medication reviews, we may well be able to help you over the telephone.

Therefore, if you think you need to speak to a GP, please ring the surgery between the hours of 8.15 am & 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, and a receptionist will give you further instructions. Please note these are not our opening hours but times between which a GP will be able to phone you back.

If you are concerned that you may have symptoms of coronavirus, please read this NHS guidance first: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ Please do not present to the surgery.

Providing that you do not meet the criteria for self-isolation:

  • Wychwood Pharmacy will continue to remain open for medication collection.  If you are self-isolating please ask a relative, friend or neighbour if they can collect you medication.
  • Routine and necessary nurse surgeries and clinics will continue as usual.

This is a temporary measure to protect patients and staff. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Temporary Road Closure – Trots Lane

Temporary Traffic Regulation Notice – S14 Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984

Temporary Road Closure at – Shipton-under-Wychwood, Trots Lane, OX7 6DJ

A request has been received from ‘MKJ Group Ltd’ for a temporary road closure to apply to the whole length of ‘Trots Lane’ whilst ‘Installation of fibre optic cable, backfill & reinstate works’ are carried out.

A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closures and will operate from the 24/02/2020 (at 00:00hrs) to and including the 28/02/2020 (at 23:59hrs).

Full closure 24hrs each day of this 5 days closure.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. 

Garden Waste Collection

From Friday 7 February, residents will be able to sign up for this year’s garden waste collection service. The service will run from 1 April to 31 March 2021. The price remains at £30 per bin per year.

Existing customers can expect to receive an email reminding them to sign up, and all other households will be sent a letter.

READY STEADY MOW

Register now. Fortnightly garden waste recycling collections for £30 per bin per year.*
For more details:
westoxon.gov.uk/garden
01993 861025
*Service begins 1 April 2020

Floodwatch

Local Flooding

With the incessant rain and the flooding in the local area, residents are asked to unblock any drains filled with mud and leaves outside their property with a shovel, fork etc. This has been successful in Station Road.

You can sign up to the District Flood Warning service here to receive email  alerts:

https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/residents/environment/flooding/

This page also gives you contact details in case of:

  • Burst water main
  • Roads, blocked gullies, gratings and drains
  • Main rivers
  • Other watercourses such as streams or ditches