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What the latest government guidance means to us – a Covid briefing from our Executive Team on Tuesday 15th June 2021

As you may know, last night the government confirmed a 4-week pause in the lifting of Covid restrictions. The decision coincides with a rise in the number of cases here in Cornwall and underlines the importance of staying alert and aware of the pandemic. We appreciate this is frustrating but as a healthcare charity, it’s vital we do our bit to protect ourselves, our patients and their families from Covid-19 and the Delta variant.

Please take a look at the government website HERE for a detailed explanation of what’s pausing and about those changes that are still taking place, like care home visits and large event pilots.

What then does this mean for our charity and for us?  We’ll be continuing with the measures we already have in place at our hospices, shops, offices and warehouse. Face masks or shields must be worn inside, unless you’re working alone in a room, think ventilation and open windows where you can, wash your hands regularly and use sanitiser and remember to stay 2m apart wherever possible and practical.

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It’s vital that you take up the VACCINE to protect yourself, your family and friends and your work colleagues.  Evidence shows that vaccines are helping to conquer Covid-19 and protect us from the Delta variant.

Continue with regular testing.  If you don’t have symptoms, you can get free regular Rapid Lateral Flow tests to check for COVID-19. *If you do have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK

You can order the rapid tests online and have a pack of 7 sent direct to your home. If you do the test where you live, you’ll need to report your results online or on the phone.  Order rapid lateral flow home test kits on GOV.UK   You can also collect up to 2 packs of 7 rapid tests from your local pharmacy or test site.

For staff at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice there are boxes of tests in Gina’s office. Please sign them out and follow the instructions. Your test days are Tuesdays (the same day as the PCR tests) and Fridays.

At St Julia’s Hospice the tests are in Lou Ranford’s office where you also need to sign them out. Your testing days are Mondays and Thursdays.

At Daniel’s Lane the rapid tests are available from Ian Lippiatt in the fundraising office and will need to be signed for when collected. Again, you need to test twice a week.

For those of you undertaking PCR tests, these should continue alongside the Lateral Flow Tests.

Where you can, please continue to work from home. You’re helping us to protect others by doing this and it’s appreciated. If you have any worries or concerns while based away from the office, please talk to your Line Manager.

Think very carefully about travelling abroad.  There’s still a potential for disruption for you, your families and your work colleagues if countries change status at short notice like Portugal did recently. There are some useful travel tips HERE

We appreciate the pause in lifting restrictions is frustrating and that we’re all weary of this wretched pandemic and the effects it’s had on our lives, but we’re on the home straight and if we hold steady, we will get past this.  We’re very proud of you, our one team, and the resilience and commitment you’ve shown this far. Let’s look after each other and see the next four weeks through together.

Take care,

Paul, Gina and Graham