Elderly people living in a Norfolk housing-with-care scheme are
being cheered up by colourful ribbons and paintings that have been tied to
The tenants of Redmayne View, in Sprowston – which is run by NorseCare – are unable to leave their homes during lockdown and were feeling a bit down and missing their families. Unable to receive visitors they sent a letter to their neighbours, asking if they could help cheer them up.
“We cannot open our doors to talk to you, but we have had an
idea,” the letter said. “If you would like to tie a coloured ribbon, a coloured
rainbow or other decoration to our railings it would help brighten our day and
make us smile.”
It went on to say that they were missing their children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren and, in some cases, their great-great grandchildren,
adding: “A million thank-yous for helping us brighten a sad and worrying situation.”
And, of course, the community rallied round, with lots of families and children leaving ribbons and rainbows and paintings on the fence.
One resident said: “It’s wonderful. People wave at me and
smile, so I still feel connected to the outside world.”
Another added: “It’s lovely and colourful and I feel that people
really care but I hope everyone stays safe.”
The NHS is reminding people that healthcare services, including GP practices, minor injuries units and walk-in centres, will continue to support patients who are NOT showing symptoms of coronavirus this Easter.
want advice from their GP or an appointment this Good Friday or Bank Holiday
Monday are asked to inquire online or to call first. Do not attend your GP
practice without checking. Some surgeries are working together and subsequently
if asked to attend a surgery it may not be at your usual location. Please
contact your registered practice who will advise the best consultation process.
For non-urgent queries please access www.111.nhs.uk first.
injuries and illnesses, people are being advised to treat themselves at home
using a well-stocked first aid kit containing antiseptic cream, plasters and
A wide range of
healthcare advice on minor illnesses, infections, headaches, emergency
contraception and coughs and colds, is also available from pharmacies, many of
which are open over the weekend. A full list of pharmacies open can be found on
the CCG website.
If it is urgent
but not an emergency, you can access NHS 111 online. Available 24 hours a day,
365 days a year, the freephone number is manned by trained advisors who can
offer advice or arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse if appropriate.
The NHS Walk-In
Centre at Rouen House on Rouen Road, Norwich, is open between 7am and
9pm every day. The Nurse-led centre can help with a range of minor illness and
injuries, including minor cuts and wounds, strains and sprains, skin complaints
etc. You will be triaged at the front door and signposted elsewhere or treated
The Minor Injuries
Unit based at Mill Road in Cromer is also open seven days a week, from
8am to 7.45pm. Patients can receive treatment for minor injuries such as minor
wounds, burns or simple fractures. The unit are able to advise over the phone
if your injury is suitable for the MIU, please can 01603 646230.
Dr Anoop Dhesi,
chairman of NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG said: “The coronavirus is presenting an
unprecedented challenge to the health service, but local NHS services will
remain available if you need them over the Easter weekend. We do,
however, urge people to use their common sense at this time, particularly if
they or a member of their household has experienced coronavirus symptoms recently.
Most GP practices currently require you contact them by telephone or online
initially, and they need to limit face to face contact to those patients for
whom it is absolutely essential. We must not forget about regular medication
too and ask that you request and collect any repeat prescriptions ahead of the
The NHS says it is important to stress that if you, or any member of your household displays any coronavirus symptoms please do not visit any of the above facilities.
with coronavirus do not need to see a doctor. They should follow NHS advice to
self-isolate and treat symptoms with rest and sleep, drinking plenty of water
and taking paracetamol to lower your temperature.
Do not leave your home if you havea high temperature or a
new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour,
or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours – and use the 111 online
coronavirus service to find out what to do or if symptoms worsen.
Pupils at Cecil Gowing Infant School are being kept up to
date with what is going on at their school – even down to checking up on the
tadpoles in the pond.
To enable families to stay connected, staff are offering
activities to do at home as well as updates on what is going on at the
Sprowston school while the children are away.
Headteacher Isabel Stubbs said: “We use a system called
Tapestry, which enables teachers and parents to send comments to each other and
share the home learning. This
communication has enabled a real feeling of connectivity and we hope this will
help transition back to school whenever this might be.
“We appreciate that parents’ key goal each day is to keep
their families happy and calm, so we do not want families to feel pressured by
the activities, but look on them as a support to introduce some sort of routine
into daily lives that are so different from any we previously enjoyed.”
She said the school was still open to a small number of
children whose parents were keyworkers and could not stay safely at home,
adding: “we salute their bravery and commitment.”
Photos such as the ones in our gallery have also been shared
so everyone can feel connected to their school. “While most of our children are
at home, the flowers are blooming, the tadpoles in the pond are growing into
frogs and the trees are in blossom,” said Isabel.
“We miss all our children and families and so look forward to seeing them all safe and well.”
There’s nothing the Sheringham Shantymen like more than a good old singsong together – and social distancing has not stopped them.
With many of
their events cancelled over the next few months, they have “got together” online,
performing a track for everyone to enjoy on YouTube.
Dick Grieve said: “One of our guys, Jon Payne (accordion), has got all the
necessary gear and suggested that we should do it. The musicians did the first
bit, then we all sang to the backing track individually, and Jon pulled the
whole thing together.”
The track – a
jaunty song called Favela Girls – is getting lots of views on YouTube and Dick
and the others thought it might be a bit of fun to cheer others up. And Jon
said this could be the beginning of something bigger.
lots of bands and singing groups around the country doing this at the moment,
and we’re just the latest,” he said.
pleased with how it’s turned out, and we’ll be doing more of these in the
coming weeks. We’re also planning to throw this open to the whole Sheringham
community in a couple of weeks’ time, inviting them to send in their recordings
of them singing along with us, to create a massive ‘Sheringham Sings’ video!”
You can watch
the video here – https://youtu.be/2ZCUn2-KLBA –
and keep an eye on this page for more news about how you can get involved with Sheringham
Two groups in North Walsham have joined together to make
sure local people are getting the support they need right now.
Although the North Walsham Community Shop is closed for the
duration, and the Phoenix Group’s longer term plans are on hold, the trustees and
members of both groups – both champions of the community – put their heads
together and are showing just what can be achieved when people work together.
They realised that there would be delay in individuals and
families receiving government support, and that the loss of school meals for
children would add to the stress on family budgets, and with this in mind they
created the Emergency Grant Fund.
This will be used to issue small grants to people who find
themselves in need of financial support – by providing vouchers for shopping,
or by providing North Walsham Good Neighbours Scheme with funds to cover
supplies for those who are in isolation or have other needs.
The Community Shop kick-started the fund with £1,000 and
Sainsbury’s of North Walsham donated £100 in vouchers. The Fund’s JustGiving
page is being used by North Walsham people to donate and already helping ease
the troubles of their worst affected neighbours.
The fund has already made grants to several local residents,
with complete confidentiality at all stages.
A popular Broads environmental studies centre has closed its
courses, car parks and gardens to the public because of the coronavirus
How Hill, at Ludham, would normally be entering its busiest
time of the year – a vital time for generating income for the charity which
runs the venue.
The crisis has halted all school bookings, and means the tea
room – also a vital source of income for the How Hill Trust – cannot open for
the busy summer season.
How Hill, a residential study centre for the Broads, has
hosted school and adult residential and day courses since 1968, and has been
run by a charitable trust since 1984.
But it has closed until the end of the lockdown, furloughing
most staff – while others take a pay cut – to help the long-running venue,
which has taught generations of children the joys of nature, survive into the
Director Simon Partridge said: “We do not expect any schools
until the beginning of the autumn term in September.
“This is the main period of income, and our tea room is
certainly not going to open until July at the earliest. Trustees have made the
difficult but sensible decision to put most of the staff on compulsory leave to
ensure the financial integrity of the trust, with those remaining taking a
voluntary pay cut.
“It also means our public car park and gardens are closed,
so we would urge everyone to heed government advice and stay at home and to
explore and enjoy the nature on their doorsteps this Easter. But rest assured
when the ‘all clear’ is sounded we will welcome schools and the public back
with open arms. In the meantime we are seeking support from local and national
government to help us through this unprecedented event.”
Any schools concerned about scheduled visits should contact the director by email at email@example.com. Visit the How Hill Trust website, www.howhilltrust.org.uk, and monitor its Facebook page for updates and events information as they happen.
A second Emergency Department has opened at the
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) in response to the covid-19
As a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak,
the Arthur South Day Procedure Unit has been turned into an extra ED to treat
patients with confirmed or suspected covid-19.
This has resulted in some
changes to the out-patients side of the hospital with the rerouting of buses
and access to public vehicles will be restricted to allow emergency ambulances
to park outside and to bring patients through the DPU entrance.
The existing Emergency Department area will be for non-covid-19 related illnesses and injuries and patients will be directed to the appropriate area for their condition at the DPU entrance.
The hospital is being split
into yellow zoned areas for patients with positive and suspected covis-19
symptoms and green zoned areas are parts of the hospital are treating patients
without the virus.
Chris Cobb, NNUH chief operating
officer, said: “As we move towards the peak of this outbreak, we have created yellow
and green zoned Emergency Departments to establish clear and separate areas of
the hospital for patients who potentially need hospital admission for coronavirus
symptoms. Thanks to the hard work of the ED and surgical division teams this
expansion of our emergency care capacity will be in place prior to the peak of
Further changes to the hospital site have begun
with the start of work on a 10-bed isolation unit. It is anticipated that the
new construction will open to its first patients this summer, which will be
located where the Level 1 East Atrium drop-off area is.
Therefore, the drop-off area outside of the East Atrium, Level 1 (Car Park L) will be permanently closed to all vehicular access, although a pedestrian entrance will be maintained.
Norfolk’s special constables have been praised for the work they have been doing recently, giving more than 1000 hours of their time over the past week to provide vital support to communities.
A total of 65 special constables contributed 134 shifts and
1005 hours of deployment between Sunday, March 29, and Sunday, April 5, as part
of Norfolk police’s effort to protect communities and manage the demands of covid-19.
Additional specials also volunteered their time carrying out essential roles
from police stations across Norfolk, including supporting vulnerable people.
Over the past week, they have been working alongside their
regular police colleagues responding to ongoing incidents, as well as engaging,
explaining, encouraging and, if necessary, enforcing the government’s measures
restricting people’s movements.
Special Chief Officer Darren Taylor said: “Our officers
are well trained, developed and supported as an integral element of the Norfolk
police family. They are unpaid volunteers who are passionate about serving
their communities, and I’ve been humbled by their response to the current
situation. I’d like to extend my personal gratitude to each and every one of my
team who has stepped forward to support and protect the NHS and save lives.
“Volunteering in any capacity requires a balance of
family and work life, and none more so than now. Many of our special constables
are in fulltime employment and like many other people are affected by furlough
or reduced hours. It’s testament to their commitment that they are using this
additional time for the benefit of others.
“I am also extremely grateful to a number of local
employers who have allowed our officers flexibility, and in some cases paid
leave, to enable them to provide a frontline role in policing. It will take a
combined effort of all of us across the community, helping neighbours, caring
for the vulnerable in any capacity to allow the key workers to focus on the
priorities over the coming period.”
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth, who is
leading Norfolk Constabulary’s response to covid-19, said: “We’re very
fortunate in Norfolk that so many talented and dedicated people who, without
hesitation, have put themselves forward to help and support their communities
and the county. Special constables are
valued members of our constabulary and are performing a crucial role in
frontline policing, protecting the most vulnerable and managing the
unprecedented demands of Covid-19. I thank them and their employers for their
continued commitment and support, and I’m so grateful that we can count on them
in these challenging times.”
Norfolk has a team of 200 special constables working
different shift patterns in a phased approach to supporting frontline policing
and the constabulary’s response to covid-19. They provide a range of skills,
including supporting vulnerable people, logistics and planning, as well as
working as operational officers deployed around the county. Special constables
have the same powers as regular police officers but serve as volunteers.