News

Town Crier

...the latest news from Warminster and the local area

News

 

 

8th April 2020

COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council

COVID-19 UPDATE – Tuesday 7 April 2020

Good evening

Please see the latest update regarding COVID-19.

Minor Injury Units in Chippenham and Trowbridge to temporarily close as part of COVID-19 response

The Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at Chippenham Community Hospital and Trowbridge Community Hospital will close temporarily from 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020 so that staff can be redeployed across the local health and care system to provide vital additional capacity.

Both MIUs have seen a significant drop in patient numbers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis as local people increasingly follow self-care advice and seek help from the online 111 service. The closures of these MIUs have been put in place as a temporary measure and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a view to reopening the units as soon as it is feasible and sustainable to do so.

The NHS and its partners across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire continue to work together to ensure the services provided have the resources and resilience they need to deal with the problems posed by COVID-19.

Patients with minor injuries should visit the NHS 111 online service. This will provide advice on where to go for the best care for their symptoms. People should only phone 111 if they cannot access the 111 online service.

Those patients who feel that they need a GP appointment should call their local GP practice and are likely to be offered a phone or video consultation in the first instance, unless a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary. As per NHS guidance no-one with COVID-19 symptoms should attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appeal

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is vital to help protect our frontline workers, allowing them to continue delivering critical services in the community, whilst also limiting the spread of COVID-19.

With high demand for PPE across the nation, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police have launched a joint appeal for support from local PPE suppliers or any businesses that have stock which could be used.

We are asking local businesses for any support that they might be able to kindly provide with supplies of PPE as a short-term measure whilst national supply chains work hard to catch up with demand. This will help allow our staff and our colleagues in Wiltshire Police to continue to support our most vulnerable residents and ensure we can deliver critical services across the county at this challenging time.

The key items required are water repellent disposable surgical face masks, non-latex gloves, disposable plastic aprons and hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content).

If you know of any local businesses that can help with the supply of PPE please ask them to email CandF.Commissioning@wiltshire.gov.uk with the subject line PPE support.

Wiltshire wellbeing hub
Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub, which is available via email and phone, has been working hard to provide support for our county’s most vulnerable residents. Our teams continue to make daily calls to people identified by central government to see if these individuals require support and we have also received 781 calls to our designated hotline from other members of the community requiring assistance.

This virtual hub can be contacted by email; wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling our designated hotline, 0300 003 4576. It’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Hundreds of food parcels are being delivered across Wiltshire to help older people and families who need additional help at this time.

We’re asking Wiltshire children to make them additionally special by creating a lovely rainbow picture, with a personal message if they wish, which can be attached to the outside of the parcel as they are sent out.

Please encourage children to send pictures to: Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury SP1 3NR.

Business Support

We are administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or rural rates relief. We are also administering the £10,000 grant for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with a rateable value of under £15,000 and for those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 a grant of £25,000.

Over 4,400 applications have now been received and are currently being assessed. Of these applications, 50% contain all the necessary information for the grant to be processed fairly quickly. The remainder require further assessment or due diligence resulting in a delay in processing the claim. Further messaging will be issued through the communications channels to remind businesses to provide all the information in order that they receive this vital funding as soon as possible.

So far we have transferred £5m to local businesses with further grants being issued today.

Our Public Protection team have received 59 complaints from members of the public, mainly about social distancing measures in place in those businesses that remain open with a few relating to businesses operating when it’s perceived they should be closed.

The team have also received 23 enquiries from businesses direct seeking further advice.

Interactive map to help you find local COVID-19 support

The Council has created an online interactive map that allows people to see what COVID-19 community support is available in their neighbourhood and throughout the county.

The map, which will be regularly updated, can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus and people simply have to type in their town/village/city name or a postcode in a search box and the system will automatically take them to that location and highlight the support available in that area, which will be marked by red stars. Clicking on the red stars will bring up information about the groups, including their contact details and a summary of the type of support and services they are providing.

The information on the mapping system can also be found in the Council’s regularly updated Community Groups Directory.

This system complements our Community Groups Directory and allows people to find out about the local support available with just a few clicks.

Government WhatsApp service
The government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new, free to use, service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.
This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated ‘chatbot’ service which will allow members of the public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government. The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.
The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.
To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started. Please share this information with your communities.
Regards

Cllr Philip Whitehead

Hot News

27/11/2020
Warminster Christmas Window Competition 2020
» Read full article

27/11/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Warminster Town Council Arrangements for Tier 2
» Read full article

23/11/2020
Remembrance Sunday 8th November and Remembrance Day Wednesday 11th November 2020
» Read full article

18/11/2020
Warminster Christmas Trees and Lights 2020
» Read full article

12/11/2020
Census 2021
» Read full article

06/11/2020
Warminster Skatepark Closure 5th Nov – 2nd December 2020
» Read full article

04/11/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Warminster Town Council
» Read full article

20/10/2020
Council celebrates as the Lake Pleasure Grounds wins a Green Flag Award
» Read full article

17/10/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

15/10/2020
Take the Warminster Pledge
» Read full article

14/10/2020
Welcome for Ambulance Station Move
» Read full article

14/10/2020
Keep the hedge say Warminster Town Councillors
» Read full article

12/10/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

06/10/2020
Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020
» Read full article

05/10/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

25/09/2020
Warminster Town Council consults on draft Climate Change Strategy
» Read full article

24/09/2020
Keith Rattray receives Warminster Town Council’s Civic Award 2019 - 2020
» Read full article

23/09/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

22/09/2020
Council readies policies
» Read full article

22/09/2020
Councillors object to Damask Way development
» Read full article

04/09/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

25/08/2020
COVID-19 UPDATE – Monday 24 August 2020
» Read full article

17/08/2020
Mayor to open Water Refill Station in Warminster
» Read full article

17/08/2020
Boost for Warminster town centre say town councillors
» Read full article

17/08/2020
Warminster Town Council give Warminster Carnival Committee £2000
» Read full article

04/08/2020
Road Closure
» Read full article

27/07/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

27/07/2020
Warminster Town Council - Climate Change
» Read full article

27/07/2020
Paddling Pool Replacement
» Read full article

24/07/2020
Support available for people who use prepayment gas and electricity meters
» Read full article

24/07/2020
Warminster Town Council Notice of Public Rights and Publication of unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return
» Read full article

22/07/2020
#stopabuse
» Read full article

15/07/2020
Warminster Town Council makes Green Choice
» Read full article

09/07/2020
Public Toilets and Play Areas set to reopen in Warminster
» Read full article

09/07/2020
Outdoor Gym in Warminster Lake Pleasure Grounds is open
» Read full article

09/07/2020
COVID 19 Update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

07/07/2020
Press release from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

02/07/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

25/06/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

24/06/2020
“Oyez, oyez, oyez!” - Phil Seddon the Warminster Town Crier Retires
» Read full article

24/06/2020
The Mayor of Warminster, Cllr Chris Robbins, Salutes the Armed Forces!
» Read full article

22/06/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

17/06/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

16/06/2020
Council Starts Climate Change Fund
» Read full article

12/06/2020
Warminster Town Council gives grants to local groups.
» Read full article

11/06/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

06/06/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

04/06/2020
Mayor of Warminster, Councillor Chris Robbins has expressed his thanks to all the volunteers in Warminster.
» Read full article

03/06/2020
Wiltshire Council - Online booking system for Wiltshire Household Recycling Centres
» Read full article

01/06/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

28/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

27/05/2020
Warminster Town Council public toilets will remain shut for the moment.
» Read full article

25/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

20/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

17/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

14/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

12/05/2020
COVID 19 Update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

08/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

06/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

05/05/2020
Success for Warminster 30 mph Speed Limit Campaign
» Read full article

03/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

01/05/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

01/05/2020
Warminster Town Council Good Neighbour Campaign
» Read full article

30/04/2020
Warminster Foodbank Information
» Read full article

29/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

27/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

27/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

23/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

22/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

20/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

17/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

15/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

14/04/2020
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust
» Read full article

13/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

10/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

09/04/2020
COVID-19 UPDATE from Wiltshire Council – Wednesday 8 April 2020
» Read full article

08/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

08/04/2020
Mayor sends best wishes to twin towns
» Read full article

06/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

03/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

01/04/2020
COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council
» Read full article

30/03/2020
Wiltshire Council: Council tax and business rates payments deferred until June for those who need it
» Read full article

30/03/2020
Wiltshire Council eases parking restrictions
» Read full article

30/03/2020
Council creates information pack to support volunteer groups
» Read full article

26/03/2020
Open letter from Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner
» Read full article

17/03/2020
Coronavirus Statement from Warminster Town Council
» Read full article

28/02/2020
VE DAY 75th Anniversary Tea Dance
» Read full article

25/02/2020
Raft Race
» Read full article

25/02/2020
Skatepark Jam – Saturday 4th April - What to expect
» Read full article

30/01/2020
Warminster Town Council Budget 2020/2
» Read full article

29/01/2020
Climate Change Warminster Town Council
» Read full article

29/01/2020
Imber Path upgrade
» Read full article

18/12/2019
Imber Village
» Read full article

18/12/2019
Latest Newsletter
» Read full article

25/11/2019
Warminster Town Council Service Devolution
» Read full article

22/11/2019
Model Boat Club in the news
» Read full article

15/11/2019
If you have an urgent medical problem
» Read full article

15/11/2019
Look after yourself this winter
» Read full article

08/11/2019
Town Council By-election result
» Read full article

29/10/2019
A meeting to discuss new housing at Folly Farm Site
» Read full article

03/10/2019
Notice of Election
» Read full article

20/08/2019
Civic Awards 2019
» Read full article

20/08/2019
Keep dogs on lead and away from wildfowl in the Lake Pleasure Grounds say Councillors
» Read full article

18/07/2019
Lake Pleasure Ground wins award
» Read full article

21/06/2019
Litter Pick
» Read full article

13/06/2019
Pupils speak to town council
» Read full article

31/05/2019
Volunteer Fair
» Read full article

22/05/2019
New Mayor and Deputy Mayor
» Read full article

11/04/2019
Personal Care Room
» Read full article

05/04/2019
Annual Report 2018-2019
» Read full article

25/01/2019
Go ahead for Lake Pleasure Grounds Community Skatepark
» Read full article

25/01/2019
Warminster Town Council Precept
» Read full article

18/01/2019
Important information to smart meter updates for 2019
» Read full article

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

home | sitemap | accessibility | accessibility statement | contact us | links | disclaimer / privacy policy
©2020 Warminster Town Council
Find us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter
Select normal font size Select medium font size Select large font size