Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Help in Abingdon during Coronavirus crisis

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Medical Services

111

The 111 web site contains lots of useful information on avoiding catching the infection, what the symptoms are and what you to do if you think you are infected.  

To protect others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital if you think you have the virus.

Visiting your GP

Other health problems have not gone away because of Coronavirus.  But many of you will have found that GP surgeries are like Fort Knox at the moment.  So you need to phone in for a telephone consultation with your GP.  They are providing a great service under difficult conditions and do need to protect themselves.

Pharmacists 

Pharmacists are overwhelmed at the moment so, if you can, do allow extra time for them to prepare your prescription.  Also be kind to the staff who are feeling threatened by anxious customers.  Some shops are having to control entry.

Minor Injury Unit

The Minor Injury Unit at Abingdon Community Hospital remains open 7 days a week but with reduced hours of 10 am to 6:30 pm.

Emergency dental care

Check your own dentist first as some are still able to offer emergency care.  If not, contact 111 and they will direct you to where you can get help.


General support and contacts for help

Shielding and helping our most vulnerable

The Vale of White Horse has a useful web page with information about those who are most susceptible to the virus.

If you or someone you know has been identified as extremely vulnerable by the NHS and has no support network, please contact the dedicated team on 01865 89 78 20 or email shield@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Anyone that is not considered high risk and does not have a support network around them to help, will be able to call their dedicated support line on 01235 422600 or email communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk .

Nextdoor web site

This  is a useful web site which you can register with in order to make contact with people from your local community.  There are lots of people in and around Abingdon offering to do shopping for those in self-isolating and to keep in touch to make sure that you are all right.  Do register and join in the conversation.

Facebook

Community response group

A group of volunteers have come together to provide help and information.  Check their web site.


Food

SOFEA Community Larder, Abingdon

As a result of the current crisis SOFEA has brought forward the opening of the Community Larder in Abingdon. The larder will be providing free pre-packed boxes of food to local people requiring support.  Initially they are planning on having 60 boxes available on a first come first served basis starting Friday 20th March. They will increase the number of boxes in line with need.

Venue: Abingdon Carousel (South Abingdon Children's Centre) Caldecott Chase, Abingdon, OX14 5GZ

Time: 3:30pm.

For more information go to the SOFEA web site of phone Neil Holman 01235 510774

Food Bank

The Food Bank at Preston Road Community Centre intends to continue on Wednesdays from 1pm to 2:30pm for as long as they can staff with volunteers.

Abingdon Community Fridge

The Abingdon Community Fridge is running but, in response to social distancing and low food supplies, they are having volunteer manned sessions only and open for one hour 10:30 to 11:30 (subject to food availability). The situation changes from day to day so do keep checking their Facebook page.  Some home deliveries can be arranged.

Blue Sky Eco Café delivery service

Blue Sky Eco Café is closed for foreseeable future but would like to offer a delivery service to those over 70 and isolated in some way. Contact Susan Hammersley at  susanrmd@outlook.com or  07732 561436.

Food Access Services in Oxford

Oxford City Council has put together information which does include Abingdon.


Other information

Age UK

Age UK Oxfordshire is providing advice and information for anyone worried about Coronavirus on their website here,  and have set up a new, free telephone support service including a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are and offer advice if needed. The number is 01865 411 288 - leave a message and an advisor will call you back to you.

Council Services

Up-to-date information on council services during the crisis can be found here

Keeping Active

Physical activity and exercise can have a positive impact on both your physical and mental wellbeing. So, Active Oxfordshire is advising on some of the ways you can keep active from your home during the coronavirus crisis.

Oxfordshire Youth

With schools closing, youth provision and early years providers are also closing. Children and young people will no longer have access to physical safe spaces outside of their homes. It is important that we come together to think creatively about how we continue to provide essential services.  Oxfordshire Youth are coordinating and collecting useful information in this area.

Citizens Advice Abingdon

For now, they are unable to offer a face-to-face service, at Abingdon, Didcot, Henley, Thame, Faringdon and Wallingford Outreaches. They continue to provide services over the phone or via email.  To speak to one of their advisers, call: 0300 3309042, Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 17:00

Information from housing associations

Soha and Sovereign Housing are collecting information which covers a wider area than just Abingdon.  You can find this information in the following PDF documents.

Soha information
Sovereign information

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