Rapid Test Covid Testing – Hop Farm Kent from 16th January 2021

Residents can now book a symptom free Covid-19 test.

Getting a test will help provide a more accurate picture of cases in Kent and will help reduce the spread of the virus locally.

Key workers and residents living in areas that have a high number of cases, without coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, can use this form to book a test.

To take a symptom-free test you must:

  • live or work in Kent
  • be 5 years old or over
  • have no COVID-19 symptoms

Do not book a test if you are self-isolating or have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change of smell or taste.

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

You must book a separate appointment for each member of your household that needs a test.

To book a test you must:

  • confirm you’re eligible
  • confirm you do not have coronavirus symptoms
  • provide your name, date of birth, postcode and contact details
  • Follow this link to the https://kcc.healthit.org.uk/covbook/home website, read all the information and click to Begin Booking at the bottom of the page

 

Kent & Medway CCG – Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The NHS across Kent and Medway are working hard to establish vaccination services for all areas. The vaccination services for more than 90% of our 200 GP practices have now been confirmed and the majority have started vaccinating.

Information about Kent & Medway Vaccination Services can be found online at http://www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine

People will be contacted when the vaccine is available for them.

Please do not phone GP surgeries, the CCG, or other NHS services with general queries about when you will be able to get the vaccine.

You can find out more about the National Information about the Covid-19 Vaccine online at National Guidance for Adults about the Covid-19 Vaccine

Kent Community Foundation – “Knock & Check”

Kent Community Foundation is asking the people of Kent and Medway to help them save lives this winter.

Each year there are around 1600 avoidable winter deaths across the county. We want your help to reduce this number and are asking the people of Kent to check on their elderly neighbours during the colder months when they are most at risk.

Knock & Check is simple – take a look at the small actions which will make a difference within your community , as well as the details of services which can offer a lifeline to the more elderly and isolated

Small actions could make a big difference:

  • Knock on the door to say ‘hello’
  • Offer to pick up some food or add something to your online shopping
  • Drop off a slice of cake
  • Plate up an extra meal
  • Share books or magazines
  • Volunteer for one of our fantastic organisations in Kent and Medway
  • Share details of supporting services

Remember to follow Government guidelines on social distancing to keep communities safe from COVID-19.

  • Keep a 2m distance, staying outdoors at all times
  • Wash your hands before and after a visit
  • Wear a face mask

For further information please visit the website at https://kentcf.org.uk/knockandcheck

Covid-19 Essential Services & Help in Paddock Wood

Paddock Wood Community Support is a new mutual aid group set up to help during the Covid-19 pandemic which has full support of the Town Council.  Further information about the committee can be found here. If you would like to volunteer to help you can sign up here.  Leaflets are being posted throughout Paddock Wood so you should have received one.

KCC have set up Kent Together a 24 hour helpline to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.

The helpline – called Kent Together – provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak.

It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else. Kent Together is being coordinated by Kent County Council which will feed the information through the network of volunteers, district and borough council teams and local support groups, to ensure people get the support they need, when they need it.

If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.

Social isolation is not an excuse for domestic abuse.  This is a crime and it can affect anyone. During this COVID-19 pandemic, limited contact with the outside world may make you or someone you know feel unsafe but our specialist teams are still here to help 24/7, in the same way we always do.  Kent Police will respond to your call and can arrest anyone committing offences against you. In an emergency dial 999 or 101 for non-emergencies. You can also speak to someone online at www.kent.police.uk  Other agencies who can help at this time can be found on the poster here.

Guidance on funerals and the cemetery at this time can be found on our website under Cemetery or HERE