COVID-19 LOCAL HELP AND INFORMATION

by For Fleet's Sake

Local news, information and updates for the covid-19 / coronavirus situation for Fleet in Hampshire.

Last Updated: 29th January 2021.

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CURRENT STATUS

27/01/21

Schools will remain shut until March 8th.

04/01/21

04/01/21 saw an announcement from the PM that plunged us back into lockdown once more and put the UK in the highest alert level 5. The messages is to stay at home except for the five basic exceptions:

People are now instructed to stay at home apart from these exceptions:

For work, if people cannot work from home, such as those in the construction sector or key workers

To shop for necessities such as food or medicines

To exercise once per day at a local location. This can include with one other person from outside someone’s household or support/childcare bubble

To provide care or help to vulnerable people

To attend medical appointments or medical care, or to flee the threat of harm or violence.

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23/12/20

After today’s announcement from Health Secretary Matt Hancock, it has been confirmed that Hart will be moving into Tier 4 from just after midnight on Christmas day.

17/12/20

It has been confirmed, that despite exponential growth in Hart covid cases, we will be remaining in Tier 2 at this time.

The 3 bubble family Christmas plans are to also remain but we are asked to keep visits to a minimum, with shorter times and no overnight stays if possible. With most of Surrey (all except Waverley) now in Tier 3, please be careful where you travel locally. With a local pub closing after a confirmed covid case, we all need to be very careful this Christmas.

Please see the Hampshire County Council newsletters below for the latest local advice.

National lockdown 2 in the UK begun on 5th November and is due to end on 2nd December.

When we come out of lockdown, we will be placed into a tougher three tier system. It has now been announced that Hart will be placed into Tier 2, with a higher level of restrictions. This is believed to last until the Spring with a review on Tiers in a few weeks.

The exception to this is a period of five days over Christmas where three households are able to meet. For more information on that click here.

VACCINATIONS

You are asked NOT to contact your surgery to ask about an appointment but wait to be contacted by text message or letter to inform you of your appointment time and date. Please be aware that the NHS will never ask for personal details or payment, so please beware of fake text messages.

Upon being contacted, you will be assigned a default location when you receive your appointment based on the doctor’s surgery you are registered with but now have the ability to choose from a different local vaccination hubs as listed below:

Branksomewood Healthcare Centre – Princes Hall in Aldershot. (View Video)

Fleet Medical Centre – Monteagle Surgery in Yateley.

Crondall New Surgery – Farnham Centre for Health, Farnham

Richmond Surgery (or any of the above surgeries) Church Crookham War Memorial Hall on Sandy Lane (opposite The Wyvern).

COMING SOON – (Any of the above surgeries) Harlington Centre, Fleet. Available around mid-February.

You may need to check back if there is not currently availability at your choice of location.

If you require help to get to your appointment, the Fleet Link Bus Service will be able to pick you up from your home at a pre-arranged time and will drop you back home again. The buses have been made covid compliant and you are asked to wear a mask (unless medically exempt). There will be a charge of £3.20 for this service, or £2.40 is you have a bus pass This is to be paid to the driver using contactless card payment, or the exact amount in cash (no change is carried).

You can book this service by calling 01252 398451 any day between 9.30am – 12.30pm.

For the latest updates please check:

North East Hants and Farnham NHS Page

VOLUNTEERING AT VACCINATION CENTRES

As of 29/01/21, local covid centres, including the new Harlington hub (due to open by mid February), have more than enough volunteers to keep them running. For future volunteering opportunities and up to date advice, please visit:

Volunteer North Hampshire

Hart Voluntary Action

TESTING

Hart District Council hosts a mobile testing unit for coronavirus / covid-19 within its staff car park. The times and dates that you can access this unit varies and you must have an appointment (with a QR code specifically for that location) to attend.

More Details:

Getting Tested Gov UK

More Local Test Sites Opening in Hampshire

SCHOOLS

Schools are currently closed. On 27/01/21 it was announced that they will not all open after the February half term and the current expected date is now March 8th.

To see what schools in the Hart District have reported cases of Covid in the last 14 days, please click this link and enter “Hart” into the search box.

Latest news on Fleet schools.

Should I send my child to school?

MENTAL HEALTH

So many people are struggling during these confusing and stressful times, whether it’s their own mental health, or looking after other people. The first thing you must know is – you are not alone.  This is nothing to feel ashamed or embarrassed about, you are not failing at life or letting anyone down..all common conceptions by those who are struggling and ones which more and more people are feeling on a daily basis. It really isn’t just you.

If you need urgent mental health support please take a look at HDC’s Mental Health Support.

Here are a list of other resources which you might find helpful:

HERE FOR HART (YOUR WAY FORWARD)

A group of local services to help you deal with money worries, unemployment or job uncertainty, loneliness, mental health and wellbeing concerns and housing issues.

NHS MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Mood self assessment, audio guides, help with stress, anxiety and depression and much more.

NHS EVERY MIND MATTERS

Advice and tips to help you look after your mental health and support others.

NHS TALK PLUS

You must be registered with a local GP to use this service. Please fill in the form to receive treatment over the phone or online.

HVA YOUTH COUNSELLING

Confidential video counselling for young people in Hart aged 11 – 25.

HART & RUSHMOOR WELLBEING CENTRE

Providing help and support for all levels of mental health needs from mild to severe. Support can be provided online or via phone from 9.30am – 5pm.

HEADROOM

Specialist anger management support for young people, their parents, carers and supporters. For ages 11 – 25.

LATEST FIGURES

If you would like to keep up to date with the latest figures, here are some helpful links for you to visit:

LOCAL COVID NEWS

The latest local news related to covid in Fleet: (View all covid articles)

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL UPDATES

Hampshire County Council produce regular newsletters on the local covid situation. Click below to view the latest updated information.  Thanks go to Councillor Steve Forster for providing this information. (View all covid newsletters)

LOCAL HELP

Whether you require help, or would like to volunteer your services, here’s a list of local organisations you can contact:

HERE FOR HART (YOUR WAY FORWARD)

A group of local services to help you deal with money worries, unemployment or job uncertainty, loneliness, mental health and wellbeing concerns and housing issues.

KEEP HAMPSHIRE SAFE

  • Hampshire County Council Information and Resources

NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS

  • Volunteer to help the NHS care for the most vulnerable in society.

COVID-19 AID RELIEF – BASED IN FLEET SUPPORTING HART

  • Community run group offering 24/7 help and support.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY HEROES

  • Setup by MP Ranil Jayawardena to match local volunteer with those in need.

HVA – COVID-19 VOLUNTEERING

  • Setup by Hart Voluntary Action for those who wish to volunteer to help or donate goods.

COVID-19 NORTH EAST HAMPSHIRE

  • Facebook group for local residents from MP Ranil Jayawardena.

COVID SYMPTOM TRACKER

  • A simple app that asks you to login daily and report how you feel (whether unwell or not). To support scientists at King’s College London.

FLEET PHOENIX

  • Local community donations for the needy and vulnerable needed.

HART COVID-19 HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • Help, advice and links from Hart District Council.

CONNECT TO SUPPORT HAMPSHIRE

  • Hampshire Coronavirus resource page.

FOR FLEET’S SAKE

  • Our Facebook group to stay up-to-date with the latest news and chat with the local community.

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