INFORMATION AND ADVICE 

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 be sure to check Gov.uk.

North of England: local restrictions


Coronavirus Test in Bury

How to get a test

There are different ways to get a test: You can order a test to do at home.  To book this test you fill out an online form https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

In Bury, you can go in a car to a drive-through testing centre. To book this test you fill out an online form https://www.bury.gov.uk/ You can go in a car to Manchester Airport or the Etihad football stadium.  To book these tests you fill out an online form https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test If you live in a care home, the staff may ask if they can test you each month.

There is a local drive-through testing centre  for people aged 5 years or older at:

  • Waterfold Business Park, Bury BL9 7BR

You must request an appointment to be tested at this site.  More information here – https://www.bury.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=15451

Getting tested at a local walk-through testing centre

Walk-through testing centres are for people aged 3 years or above.  For a test for a child under 3 years, call 119 for advice.

You can get tested at a walk-through testing centre if you can walk or drive to the centre.  You must not use a taxi or public transport – this is really important to help protect other people.

The walk-through testing centres at the following locations are open 10am to 3pm, Monday to  Friday.  Please be aware that if the centres are busy you may need to queue and should bring a drink and a coat with you.

  • The Mosses Centre, Cecil Street, Bury BL9 0SB
  • Chesham Fold, 95 Chesham Fold Road, Bury BL9 6JZ
  • Whitefield Library, Pinfold Lane, Whitefield M45 7NY (from Monday 21 September)

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE:

Childline  – Information for young people

NSPCC – Advice and support for parents and carers

Leaflet for young children

Children & Young People domestic Abuse newsletter

CAMHS Self-help Guides 

Supporting young people with anxiety & other resources 


Dentist 

How to get a dentist during Covid-19


DOMESTIC ABUSE:

Support for victims of domestic abuse

What is domestic abuse and how can I get support?

Domestic Violence & Abuse guidance: Covid-19

Children & Young People domestic Abuse newsletter


FOODBANKS

Foodbank list 


FRIENDS & FAMILY:

‘Look out for each other’ from Public Health England – New campaign resources for those who are well and not at risk, on how they can safely support their friends, family and neighbours in isolation.

How to help safely  


GENERAL:

Coronavirus advice and updates from a range of organisations 

Public Health England 

Eating and Drinking Well During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Lockdown Reading List (Beacon Service)

Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

NHS general advise

Bury Council – Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updates and advice

What does shielding mean?

Stay at home leaflet

How to wear and make a cloth face covering


SUBSTANCE MISUSE (Recovery service) 

Achieve 


STRESS/WELLBEING/MENTAL HEALTH:

Stress and Wellbeing 

Kooth.com  – free online counselling and emotional health and wellbeing platform which is available to young people aged 11-18 across Bury


VOLUNTEERING:

NHS Volunteering 

Volunteer to support COVID-19


VULNERABLE PEOPLE:

Bury Community Hubs – support for vulnerable people

Information other languages 

SignHealth have translated information from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care 

Easy read hand washing guide 

Aphasia Easy Read – not only useful for people with aphasia but anyone in our communities who might have difficulty engaging with the standard messages

 


Changes to advice and information


Updated advice on shielding

Last updated 03 August 2020

Changes to shielding advice

From 1 August 2020

The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable is that shielding has been paused. This means:

  • you do not need to follow previous shielding advice
  • you can go to work as long as the workplace is Covid-secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible
  • clinically extremely vulnerable children should attend education settings in line with the wider guidance on reopening of schools and guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
  • you can go outside as much as you like but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low
  • you can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, while keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre, plus other precaution
    • you should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and that you maintain thorough cleaning of frequently touched areas in your home and/or workspace
    • you will no longer receive free food parcels, medicine deliveries and basic care from the National Shielding Service

    What support will I be able to access as a ‘shielder’?

    You will still be able to get:

    • local volunteer support by contacting your local authority
    • prescriptions, essential items and food you buy delivered by NHS Volunteer Responders
    • priority slots for supermarket deliveries (if you previously registered for free food parcels)

    Am I still classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable?

    Yes. The categorisation of ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will remain in place and people in this group should continue to follow their specific guidance specific, available here.

    You should have been written to about these changes. If you haven’t been contacted, please contact your GP.

    Will I be told to shield again?

    After 1 August the Government will continue to maintain the Shielded Patient List. The Government will monitor the virus continuously over coming months and if it spreads too much, you may be advised to shield again.

    Shielding guidance has been and continues to be advisory.

    Why is the advice changing?

    All Government decisions on shielding advice are led by the latest scientific evidence

    The latest evidence shows that the chance of encountering Coronavirus in the community has continued to decline. Four weeks ago, around one person in 500 had the virus. Last week it was even lower with less than one in 1,700 people having the virus.

    As a result, the Government believes that advice to people that are shielding can be relaxed.

    Frequently asked questions

    The following Q&A, based on information provided by the Government, aims to help you get some of the answers you need, to know about what shielding means in practice.

    What does ‘shielding’ mean? 

    Shielding is the word used to describe how to protect those at highest risk of severe illness if they catch coronavirus. You can shield yourself following the Government guidance, and shield others by minimising all interaction between yourself and those who are most at risk.

    How long do I shield myself for?

    The Government has currently paused it’s advice over the need to shield.

    There is specific guidance on what will happen if there is a local lockdown in your area

    This guidance is government advice and it’s your personal choice whether to follow it.

    Why do I no longer need to shield?

    The Government has currently paused it’s advice over the need to shield.

    This is because the rates of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community have fallen significantly.

    Will I be asked to shield again?

    You could be advised to shield again if the situation changes and there is an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

    Your name will be kept securely on the shielded patient list by NHS Digital. We will write to you if the advice changes. Any national changes will be reflected in this guidance.

    In the event of a local lockdown, see the Government’s advice and visit your local authority’s website for further guidance.

    Do I need to shield if my area is put on a ‘local lockdown’?

    In the event of higher transmission rates some areas across the country will experience localised lockdowns.

    There is specific guidance on what will happen if there is a local lockdown in your area.

    If you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you are advised not to enter any area where shielding advice is in place.

    How do I get food and medication if I’m shielding?

    Ask family, friends and neighbours to support you and use online services.

    NHS Volunteer Responders will offer support until at least December 2020 with:

    • collecting shopping, medication (if your friends and family cannot collect them for you) or other essential supplies
    • a regular, friendly phone call, either with someone else who has previously been advised to shield or with different volunteers
    • transport to medical appointments

    Call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm to arrange support or visit the NHS Volunteer Responders website. Speak to your health care professional to arrange transport support.

    I haven’t been contacted but I think I am in the high-risk group – what should I do?

    If you have not received a letter or been contacted by your GP or hospital consultant, but feel you are within the high-risk category, you should contact your GP practice or hospital team. If you are unsure, check the list on the Gov.uk website to see if you are in the most at risk/ extremely vulnerable group.

    My main carer is unwell – what do I do?

    Speak to your carers about back-up plans for your care in case your main carer is unwell or needs to self-isolate.

    You should have an alternative list of people who can help you with your care if your main carer becomes unwell. You can also contact your local council, or local Healthwatch, for advice on how to access care.

    I’m worried that shielding is going to affect my mental health – what do I do?

    Try to stay in touch with those around you over the phone, by post or online. Let people know how you would like to stay in touch and build that into your routine. This is important in looking after your mental wellbeing and you may find it helpful to talk to them about how you are feeling if you want to.

    Remember, it is okay to share your concerns with others you trust and in doing so you may end up providing support to them too. Or you might want to try an NHS recommended helpline.

    You can refer yourself to NHS Volunteer Responders for a phone call from an NHS Volunteer, by calling 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm). We know that many people in the shielding group will already have good support networks among family, friends and neighbours, but if you don’t, the volunteers can help with a range of support, from transport to and from hospital appointments to ‘check in and chat’ – a simple phone call from a volunteer to check that you are doing ok.

    We’ve also put together some advice on how to look after your mental health during this time.

    Read more