Monthly Archives: March 2020

Below is a link to a survey by Disability Equality Scotland that is to find out the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people. It is so valuable to get this information to pass onto Scottish Government to shape how Scotland responds to people’s needs, so we appreciate this input.

This survey is completely anonymous and all the information you provide will go back to the Scottish Government to help inform their response.

Complete the survey online by following this link:  https://dfscot.com/c19

that takes you to the Survey Monkey website. survey set up by Disability Equality SCOTLAND

Please complete by Friday 27th March 2020

Co Vid 19 Regulation as from the Scottish Government is below

See https://www.gov.scot/news/people-advised-to-limit-social-contact/

‘People advised to limit social contact’

💬 Published: 16 Mar 2020 18:08
Part of: Health and social care, Public safety and emergencies, Coronavirus in Scotland

♦️ Those most at risk strongly advised to reduce unnecessary contact.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.

♦️ People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact.

♦️The advice is that people should:

– minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms

– avoid using public transport as much as possible

– work from home when possible
follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

– People showing symptoms suggestive of coronavirus should stay at home for seven days and only contact NHS 111 or their local GP if their symptoms worsen during that period.

♦️Members of a household where someone has suspected symptoms should stay at home for 14 days.

♦️This package of necessary measures comes into force with immediate effect.

🔹 Schools will remain open for the time being, however this decision will be consistently monitored and reviewed depending on the spread of the infection.

♦️Those who cannot work from home should continue to go to work unless advised by their employer or if they display symptoms.

💬 These measures will be kept under constant review as we try to slow down the spread of the infection.

The First Minister said:

“Life as we know it will change in the coming weeks and months, but our goal is to protect lives.

“We are facing an unprecedented situation that will require major societal change if we are to protect people, especially those most at risk and our NHS.

“The package of measures we are announcing today is based on scientific and clinical advice. While it will cause some disruption and be difficult for us all, it will help us to prepare for the virus and to protect ourselves and each other in the long run.

“We need your help to slow the spread of the infection. That is why we are advising everyone in Scotland to restrict their social contact and to stay at home as much as possible. We are strongly advising those who are over 70 or have an underlying health condition to stay at home.

“People have a vital role to play in helping us contain this infection and I urge everyone in Scotland to follow the latest health and travel advice, and follow basic hygiene precautions, such as washing hands frequently, not touching their face and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.

“This has not been an easy decision but it is vital if we are to stop the spread of the infection.”

Background

♦️ For those under 70 underlying health conditions refers to all those eligible for the flu vaccine. Those who have compromised immune systems will be contacted with specific advice in the coming days.

💬 Health Secretary Jeane Freeman will update the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 17 March on the Scottish Government’s plans to build up and scale up capacity in Scotland’s National Health Service.

Covid-19 regulations:

The Scottish Government has introduced new guidelines last night.

 
Most of the people that volunteer or that we support are in the ‘at risk’ category.
 
For that reason while the 12 week or longer Safe Distance regulation is in place we will not be physically present at our office in WestBridge Mill.
 
However, our information service and everything we do is still operational.
 
You can still contact us by phone 01592 203993, email chair@disabilitiesfife.uk and post. The only thing that changes is that we will not be physically in the office but working remotely.
 
As this regulation was sprung on us at short notice the service will be slightly disrupted today and tomorrow.
 
Any phone calls left on answer phones – initially may not sound like our normal response but will be processed – the normal answer phone service should be operation after Monday 23rd March 2020
 
As a bonus we are looking at new ways to supply those that qualify for RADAR keys with the keys and the access info they need. Please check back here for more info about this over the coming days.

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