Information about Coronavirus with the emphasis on what is happening in St Monans and the East Neuk of Fife.

There are several useful phone numbers on this page.

Here is one more: Adult Support & Protection   01383 602200

If you are aware of any neighbours who are struggling to manage or otherwise a cause for concern, perhaps at risk of harm or neglect, then use this number to phone for advice and to alert Fife Council to problems.

If you have concerns about a child, call Social Work on 03451 55 15 03 or Police Scotland on 101.

In an emergency regarding any of the above, call 999

The number of Covid related scams is increasing. Make sure you aren’t one of the victims. Here’s the current Police Scotland​ advice … https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/shut-out-scammers

Lockdown Rules

There have been complaints made and concerns expresses to MPs, MSPs, Councillors and on social media, about people gathering in groups, travelling long distances by car to exercise, or remaining in holiday homes when they should be living at home.

This has been discussed with the police, and we have been advised that the best way to deal with such complaints and concerns, in a proportionate manner, is to phone the police directly on 101.  That way they can assess how best to respond and glean all the necessary information from first-hand witnesses.

That said, note also the latest advice on the issue (25th April) …
“Cops tell Scots to stop grassing up people breaking lockdown rules”(dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/cops-tell-scots-stop-grassing-21922429)
… and then ask yourself, is it serious enough to merit police attention?

VIRTUAL GP SURGERIES

All GP practices in Fife are now equipped to use Near Me – the online clinic. To use the system patients are given a link. The system checks that they have everything in place for a Near Me call and then asks the patient to enter his or her name and date of birth. The patient is then held in a secure waiting room which may be manned by a ‘virtual receptionist’, until the clinician joins the video call. See www.attendanywhere.org.uk

SHIELDED GROUP

Some people with health conditions are concerned about whether they fall into the highest clinical risk group and should follow shielding measures or whether they fall into the increased risk group and should follow social distancing measures. To find out more on the categories see www.gov.scot/publications/covid-shielding-contacts/pages/highest-risk-classification/

Letters have been issued to all the people in the shielded group based on information in the central NHS databases, prescribing data or through GP and hospital clinicians.
GPs and hospital clinicians are also identifying individuals they feel should be in the highest clinical risk group but do not have one of the conditions identified. Those added will also receive a letter. If you think you are in the highest clinical risk group, and have checked the guidance using the above link, you can contact your GP or clinician to discuss.

For guidance for those with specific medical conditions but not in the shielded group, see
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-tailored-advice-for-those-who-live-with-specific-medical-conditions/

If you have queries about the support available, please email Shielding.Correspondence@gov.scot

You can also contact the Covid Community Helpline on 0800 952 0330
Covid.communityhelpline@fife.gov.uk

Volunteering

There is a new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign to encourage people to volunteer during virus pandemic.  Volunteers have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website:

– returning NHS workers will be directed to existing voluntary arrangements in NHS Scotland

– to support public services, including the NHS and councils, people will be directed to a site co-ordinated by the British Red Cross

– to charities or community groups in their area people will be directed to Volunteer Scotland

www.ReadyScotland.org

Businesses who can offer support should email covid19response@gov.scot

Volunteers are now collecting prescription medicines from community pharmacies and hospitals, and delivering them to elderly and at-risk people. To access the service, phone 0800 389 6046 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  Alternatively email prescriptions@fva.org

You can offer to help or get help for somebody you know via www.fva.org/pandemic or helpinghand@fva.org or on 0800 389 6046

Community groups or businesses who want to offer assistance in their local area should email communityhelp@fife.gov.uk

Waste Collections

The council are temporarily stopping collections of grey paper/cardboard recycling bins.

Anyone with a household waste / plastic recycling bin missed this week should leave it out over the weekend (28/29 March) and another attempt will be made to collect it.

From Monday the council are returning to 4-weekly brown bin collections.

Excess food waste can be placed in blue landfill bins.

NEW HELPLINE ESTABLISHED FOR THOSE WITH NON-URGENT COVID 19 SYMPTOMS

The 111 service is under considerable strain, PLEASE ONLY DIAL 111 IF YOUR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE AND YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO BREATHE.

For those with non-acute symptoms the Scottish Government has established a new COVID-19 helpline: 0800 028 2816

For all other medical issues, unrelated to COVID-19, do not call 111. Call your GP.

The Scottish Government has tasked Local Authorities with planning critical provision to protect the following key interests and groups:

  • Key workers: to ensure that children of key workers, for example NHS and social care staff, have continuing access to appropriate learning and childcare, potentially beyond the normal school day, that allows their parents/carers to participate in the national response to Covid-19.
  • Educational continuity: to ensure S4-S6 pupils can complete course work for national qualifications.
  • Vulnerable children: to maintain protections and support for children who may be particularly vulnerable in the current circumstances, particularly in respect of free school meals, children with additional support needs and at-risk children.

Fife Council are in the process of planning for the provision of Children’s Activity Centres across Fife. These centres will be for the children of our key workers and for vulnerable children and young people. Fife Council is working hard to have these established before the end of next week. Exact start dates and opening times will be confirmed as soon as possible.  For the East Neuk area, Anstruther will be the base for the schooling of all children of keyworkers.

Here is a letter to all parents summarising Fife Council’s response to the Scottish Government’s directive. 

Information from Fife Council …
Our five ways to wellbeing during Coronavirus
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