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Sunart Community Council Helping Hands – a COVID-19 Coronavirus community response. We want you to know we are here to help. 

If you need help, go to this page and complete the survey form: https://sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk/get-help, email: helpinghands@sunartcommunitycouncil.co.uk or call the helpline: 01967 750832 (9am – 5pm)


NHS Hearing Batteries

An update from NHS regarding hearing aids and batteries; From now, all hearing aid batteries to be issued via the yellow battery issue record book. fill in and send to; 
Audiology department 
Raigmore Hospital 
Old Perth Road 
Inverness 
IV2 3UJFOR ENQUIRIES CALL 01463 704406/704407/704039 
EMAIL; nhshighland.audiology@nhs.net This is due to the Covid 19 and they are sorry for any inconvenience.


We are pleased to announce that as part of our Covid19 Community Response we have partnered with Lochaber Foodbank. Sunart Helping Hands is now authorised to distribute food parcels to those in need across our peninsulas, including Sunart. This means we can also organise onward delivery from Strontian to Morvern, Ardgour, West Ardnamurchan and Acharacle. For anyone in need, please call the Duty Social Work Number 01397 709873 or the Citizens Advice Bureau 01397 705 311 in order to have your request for helped logged (we cannot deliver without this.) Once we receive their call we will organise a delivery as soon as possible. Each box is mainly long life or tinned products, and biscuits and is for one person for about a few days. 


Pines Medical Centre updated procedures

TEMPORARY NOTICE FOR PRESCRIPTION COLLECTION AND ORDERING

ORDERING YOUR PRESRIPTION:
The prescription line is now open between the hours of 9am and 11am.
The prescription line number is 01967 431479 or you can order anytime via our practice email on: high-uhb.gp55662-admin@nhs.net.
We ask that you do not order out with these times and do not phone the main practice number as we must keep this free for emergencies, medical and general advice given the current situation with Covid 19.

STRONTIAN (updated):
Please note that for any patients who would normally collect their prescription from Dail Mhor will now be delivered . Please do not go to Dail Mhor. We are very fortunate to have a fantastic group of volunteers and this will reduce the number of people having to leave their homes and will also help the staff at Dail Mhor during this time .
Anyone who normally collects from the doctor directly, arrangements will be made at the time when requesting your prescription.
Patients who currently have medication at Dail Mhor will have this delivered.

KILCHOAN:
Please do not go to the community centre, your prescription will be delivered by the volunteers. 

ACHARACLE:
Please do not enter the building, a member of staff will meet you at the door and collect your prescription.

Please note we have volunteers who have come forward and offered to deliver prescriptions. Please when ordering your prescription let us know if you would like it to be delivered and we can arrange this


Additional support (external links)

Ewen’s Room: Support and information for anyone who is affected by anxiety, depression, loneliness, or other mental health issues. The services are particularly targeted at the communities of Ardnamurchan, Sunart and Morvern

EwenMe is a new phone based support service launched by Ewen’s Room to combat the effects of isolation caused by the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. The aim of this new initiative is to reduce anxiety, loneliness and personal isolation by connecting people for a regular social chat. Many Helplines have been established, but few are designed just for this kind of ongoing informal contact.

EwenMe will do its best to match anyone who requests the service with one of our friendly volunteers who has similar interests.  Timing and frequency of frequency of calls will be set up by mutual agreement between the client and the allocated volunteer. 

Anyone interested in making use of this service can either call 01967 750845 or fill in a form at www.ewensroom.com/ewenme and we will match them up with a suitable volunteer.

Lochaber Women’s Aid: A confidential service in Lochaber who provides advice, information and support for women, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse


As we are all aware now, the guidance and information is changing regularly. We will try to keep this page updated as things develop.
For up to date advice regarding COVID-19, you can still go to https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19 which has been updated with the new isolation guidance.

From the UK government Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-scotland

For the UK Government advice on social distancing and vulnerable groups, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

For the UK Government advice on staying at home for 7/14 days, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

The answer to the “14 day question” is:

“If you live with others, then the person who has symptoms of COVID-19 (new continuous cough and/or fever/high temperature) should stay at home for 7 days from the start of their symptoms and all other household members who don’t develop any symptoms should stay at home for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day illness began in the first person to become ill.
If others in the household develop symptoms within the 14 days, then they will need to stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms began, even if this takes them over the 14 day isolation period.”