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Advice changes frequently and we request that all patients follow the government advice which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.  You can also sign up for regular governmental updates on this site.

 

 

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West Sussex is now in Alert Level 5 – Lockdown. This means you must stay at home. You must not leave, or go outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave your home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

Hands. Face. Space.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

Future Events:

All future events are under review due to the fast changing situation with the Coronavirus. We will be mindful of government advice but will take all decisions with your health and well being in mind.

The 50:50 Club Draw will be for the foreseeable future draws will be held away from the surgery to limit surgery access to essential attendance. For this months winner see:Fundraising 50:50 Draw

We have postponed the free health talks until further notice due to the Covid 19 restrictions. Keep a look out for posters and information around Yapton, Middleton, Felpham and Barnham during 2021. We will try to keep you up to date.

Due to Covid restrictions the 2020 AGM was unable to take place, we will inform you when the AGM for 2021 could be held in a Covid secure way.

Past Events:

On 18th June 2019 we held our AGM and free afternoon tea in Yapton and Ford Village Hall. To read our Annual report go to our Newsletters page.

On Thursday 11thOctober 2018, we held a free health talk – Hearts Matter – Keeping a Healthy Heart. The speaker will be Dr Yuk-ki Wong, Consultant Cardiologist-St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester. Dr Wong talked about maintaining a healthy heart and also common heart conditions. He also introduced us to an on line tool that can highlight your risk factors when you input some basic health information although not a definitive tool it is a quick guide with health tips to follow this can be found at: www.qintervention.org

At the beginning of June we welcomed James Hicks and Angela Birdie to talk about Male & Female Urinary Health. The talk was very well attended and if there is enough interest we may repeat the talk in Yapton in 2020.

In September 2017 we welcomed Mr David Beattie, Consultant Surgeon at St. Richards Hospital, Chichester. He spoke about Varicose Veins prevention and treatment.

In December 2017 we held a Christmas Coffee Morning and Grand Draw. Congratulations to our lucky prize winners and thank you to local businesses who contributed prizes. See our fundraising page for more details.

On 12th April 2018 we welcomed Amy Keates, Nikki Anderson, Clinical Care Outreach Nurses and Simon Higgs 3 specialist speakers on the subject of Sepsis from St Richards Hospital, Chichester.  They gave an excellent talk on this important subject and shared how they are working to raise awareness of this life threatening condition. They also shared information about the Sepsis Trust

We would be pleased to receive suggestions for future health talks, please drop a note in to either surgery or email avisford.friends@gmail.com