COVID-19-Temporary office arrangements and useful links

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, my constituency office will be operating differently for the next couple of months.

In line with advice from both the UK Government and our own Welsh Government, my constituency office will be closed to all visitors for the forseeable future.

Staff will continue to work remotely and we will continue to support constituents via email and telephone system. Due to the high volume of calls and emails, there maybe a short delay in responding but please be assured that we will answer your query as soon as possible.

My Twitter and Facebook pages will also carry the latest information and useful links.

In these unprecedented times the simple most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to Stay at Home, in order to Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

What to do if you have symptoms of coronavirus
• The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature and a new, continuous cough.
• If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for seven days from when your symptoms started.
• If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for seven days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days.
• If you have coronavirus symptoms:
o Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
o Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
o Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household.
o Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
o Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser.
o If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after seven days, use the 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call 111. In a medical emergency dial 999.
o For more advice visit https://gov.wales/stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus

Where to find the latest information:
• Public Health Wales provides a daily update about the number of cases of coronavirus in Wales. It is available at: https://phw.nhs.wales/news/public-health-wales-statement-on-novel-coronavirus-outbreak/

•Information about coronavirus is available on the Welsh Government’s website at https://gov.wales/coronavirus
and https://llyw.cymru/coronafeirws

•Business Wales offers information on support available for businesses in Wales – https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

•Information about the guidance and support available for businesses and employees from the UK Government, including the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

•The Welsh Government holds a daily media briefing about coronavirus. These are on-the-record, on-camera and routinely supported by a BSL translator. They will be held at 12.30pm daily. They are live-streamed on our @WelshGovernment Twitter channel and from Monday March 30 will be broadcast live on BBC One Wales.

Below are some links from the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus webpage to the latest ministerial advice, statements and announcements

Coronavirus health advice

Staying at home and away from others guidance

Explanatory diagram: stay at home guidance

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from coronavirus

CMO letter to extremely vulnerable people: support explained

Coronavirus social distancing guidance

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing

Coronavirus (COVID-19): local authority support for rough sleepers

In-patient visitors and coronavirus: guidance to the NHS

Health and social care professionals: coronavirus

Providing advice on changes to testing criteria for coronavirus, including testing of health care workers

Guidance for Doctors returning to the NHS to assist with COVID-19

Guidance for returning allied health professionals and healthcare scientists

Returning pharmacists and pharmacy technicians: guidance

COVID-19: guidance for additional nursing and midwifery workforce

Coordination of medicines delivery

Coronavirus key (critical) workers

Support for community pharmacies

Support for allied health professionals and support workers during the COVID-19 epidemic

Request or provide personal protective equipment (PPE)

Visits to care homes and coronavirus: guidance for service providers

Dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic: guidance for teams

COVID-19: business continuity and financial support for dental practices providing NHS services

Business and employers: coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for businesses

Emergency permitted development rights for coronavirus

Coronavirus: guidance for holiday accommodation businesses

Coronavirus: guidance to planning authorities

Rural Payments Wales (RPW): coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance for landlords and managing agents in the private rented sector

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for tenants in the private rented sector

Coronavirus (COVID 19): closure of businesses and premises

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Planning Inspectorate Wales update

Financial help to keep your employees (furloughed workers)

Coronavirus: financial help if you’re self employed

Volunteering (third sector): coronavirus
Volunteering during the coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for the third sector

You may also find the below links useful:

UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/

Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Travel advice: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Universal Credit:Universal Credit- A guide

Bridgend Council- https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/my-council/council-priorities-and-performance/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-information-and-advice/

Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board: Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

NHS Direct Online symptom checker:NHS Direct online symptom checker

BAVO: https://www.bavo.org.uk/

Bridgend Coronavirus Support Group

Age Cymru: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru/information-advice/health-wellbeing/coronavirus/

Bridgend Foodbank:Bridgend Foodbank website

Valleys2Coast: v2c

Wales and West Housing: Wales and West Housing

Citizens Advice Bureau: Citizens Advice Bureau



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