Here is the governments “Road Map out of Lockdown”, simply written for us by Dr Louise…
The dates are ‘not before’ and subject to the four conditions continuing to be met, which are:
- Vaccination programme continues
- Vaccine is effective ( ongoing data)
- No new variants that nullify the vaccine occur
- The NHS is not overwhelmed with new cases
If these four tests continue to be met, then lockdown will gradually be eased:
- School’s return
- 2 people can meet outside for a coffee
- One named visitor per resident of a care home allowed
- Rule of 6 outdoors again
- Outdoor sports can recommence
- Shops including hairdressers can reopen
- Staycations of one household only allowed
- Alcohol can be served outdoors
- Up to 30 people can gather outdoors
- Foreign travel allowed
- Theatres reopen
- Overnight stays with friends allowed
- Restrictions lifted subject to all going to plan.
This is being done with the utmost caution and meanwhile the STAY AT HOME rule still applies, as does the Hands, Face, Space rule!
As expected, we will have to learn to live with coronavirus for some little while, like flu, and an annual vaccination is most likely.
The vaccination programme has been extremely encouraging though as hospitalised cases are now dropping and most of the vulnerable have been vaccinated.
I hope this helps
Paxton Green Time Bank Health Editor
Paxton Green Time Bank Trustee
Paxton Green Group Practice GP
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A message from Paxton Green former GP
Mental Health Maintenance
Here are 10 points to help maintain wellbeing and mental health:
- Firstly, check your employment and benefits rights so you know what you are entitled to and where you may need support.
- Plan your day: make a list of practical things that need doing and feel good as you slowly tick them off.
- Stay in touch with friends and family or support groups and set up regular communications on the phone or by video.
- Voice your concerns or worries with those who support you and try to rationalise your
thoughts. Write things down if there’s no one immediately available.
- Look after your body and health:
- Eat regular balanced meals
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid alcohol, drugs, smoking and overeating sweet things
- Indoors, e.g. 10 min workout, Dance to your favourite song.
- Outdoors: go for a walk every day and maybe meet a friend.
- Reduce anxiety – ask for help if feeling overwhelms you, use relaxation and breathing
- Limit the amount of News you watch; don’t tune in all day! Use trusted sites
- Do things you enjoy: hobbies, cooking, reading, quizzes, concerts on radio/TV, try new things.
- Relax: set aside a little time each day to just be and use those breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Sleep properly: Have a bedtime routine, don’t watch upsetting material before bed, have a warm bath and a good book.
I hope this helps
PGTB Health Editor
Dr Louise is a Paxton Green Time Bank (PGTB) Trustee and a GP at Paxton Green Group Practice where PGTB was founded.
If you have, any questions about the new government guidelines or Covid – 19 for Dr Louise please let the Time Bank Team know and they will pass them on to Dr Louise.
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