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1st May 2020

COVID-19 update from Wiltshire Council

COVID-19 UPDATE – Thursday 30 April 2020

Member’s Briefing

Good evening

Please see below update regarding COVID19:

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

The Wellbeing Hub continues to work effectively with partners and voluntary organisations to support the community. The headline figures to date:
• Food parcels delivered to individuals – 900
• Total people contacted – 11,111
• Total calls received – 3,060
• Total emails received – 1,403

Business and economy

• 80 staff have been deployed to process £100 million central government grant funding schemes and provide 7-day week guidance and advice to Wiltshire businesses. The contact email for support is covid-19businesssupport@wiltshire.gov.uk.
• So far £65M has been issued to over 5,500 local businesses with the team working hard to process applications in the system.
• An estimated 2,500 businesses have not yet applied for a grant and the council is contacting these businesses by telephone or email to encourage them to apply. If businesses think they are eligible they should apply asap at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support-covid19
• A ‘route map’ has been created to signpost support for businesses and the self-employed. The document is attached with this briefing – please kindly share this with businesses in your area.
Thank you to all the volunteers
We have written an open letter to say thank you and pay tribute to the 400+ community volunteer groups that have been set-up to support Wiltshire's communities during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Cllr Bucknell has also filmed a video thanking the groups and promoting some of our Active Communities resources for our community to try at home.

Link to letter http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/thanks-to-volunteers

Leaflet to share with families of vulnerable children
We have produced a simple leaflet with some FAQs we are sharing with parents of vulnerable children to encourage them to bring their children into school. The leaflet is available on this link http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/schools-learning-coronavirus.

Changes to community maternity services

Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed a set of recommendations that will maintain the health and wellbeing of mums-to-be during the current coronavirus outbreak.

The changes, which were agreed at an extraordinary public meeting, today, Thursday 30 April, will ensure families are kept safe at this current time, and that staff are able to use their skills in the right places to support the changing needs and wishes of women and families, such as the recent increase in women choosing to have their baby at home.

Under the new proposals, some of the previously-agreed changes to maternity services, which had been approved following an extensive public consultation throughout 2018 and 2019, will be temporarily amended or suspended.

The birthing unit at Trowbridge Freestanding Midwifery Unit (FMU) will now remain open until Monday 1 June, instead of closing at the beginning of May, which had been agreed by the CCG’s Governing Body in January. This will allow more time for local families and staff to prepare for the closure, as ongoing preparatory work had to be paused because of coronavirus.

Postnatal beds at Chippenham Birthing Centre (FMU) will close on Monday 4 May to reduce the time spent by families in hospital during the pandemic. Chippenham had been expected to remain open until the spring of 2021.

Essential postnatal support will still be available to mums and families through online video calls or, where required, face-to-face appointments. Elsewhere, Chippenham FMU will adopt an overnight open-on-demand system. This means the units will no longer be fully staffed throughout the night and will instead only open when midwives are needed to support a birth, which is the model currently used at the neighbouring birthing centre in Trowbridge.

Staff previously based at the centres overnight will be redeployed to support midwifery colleagues to deliver maternity services that meet the changing needs and wishes of women at this time.

The CCG will monitor the impact of the changes to the postnatal beds at Chippenham, as well as the new overnight staffing arrangements at Chippenham, over the coming weeks and a summary report will be presented to the Governing Body at its meeting in July. Any families who are concerned about coronavirus, or the impact that these changes may have on their birthing plans, are encouraged to speak to their midwife as soon as possible.

Papers from the Governing Body meeting are available to read online at www.bswccg.nhs.uk

A message from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire
Dear friends,
The country continues to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. As HM The Queen's representative in Wiltshire and on behalf of the Lieutenancy, I would like to offer an interim note of appreciation to everyone, the young or not so young in every corner of Wiltshire, on the frontline or not, for their forbearance and resilience.
Living under the lockdown is proving to be a tough challenge indeed with very real frustrations and difficulties both at work and at home, and as the rhythm of our lives has been dramatically altered it is worrying being unable to predict how the future will pan out. But pan out it will, and in the meantime examples of Wiltshire's community and charitable spirit have been extraordinary and uplifting to witness.
The government, national and local, the NHS in all its forms and those working in health and social care roles are facing many challenges daily. Both Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council alongside the military, our MPs and the many agencies that make up the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) are working incredibly hard looking after their residents in a multitude of ways: financially, emotionally and practically.
Our religious leaders are leading us spiritually; the police, fire and ambulance services are keeping us on the straight and narrow, with a touch of blue- lighted humour when necessary, and all those involved in our wellbeing are determined to make our lives as easy as possible. There have been some hard stories and some tragic ones but also ones of great goodness and generosity in the community at large. We salute you all.
Of course, first and foremost our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this vicious virus and we pray for those families who have so sadly lost loved ones. There is real hope it will be beaten, and we will be able to return to a version of life as we knew it. Along with everyone I look forward to catching up with family, friends and colleagues, let alone a trip to the hair salon, as soon as possible.
Thank you, Wiltshire, for staying at home, for continuing to work and deliver critical services where you can, and for the fantastic ways our communities have brought us all together.
With best wishes
Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire
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Thank you for your continued support and hard work at this time.

Regards

Cllr Philip Whitehead

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