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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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Booking your COVID-19 vaccination

The Grange Park Primary Care Centre in Northampton has been authorised as a Covid vaccination centre for patients of The Parks Medical Practice (including the Hanslope surgery), Denton Village Surgery and Wootton Medical Centre.
Patients will be offered appointments strictly in line with NHS guidance, starting with our most elderly. At first, the vaccine is being offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus, before being offered more widely. 
Please do not call your surgery to enquire. The Practice will contact all patients as the vaccine and appointments become available. Housebound and care home residents will be contacted later. 
The address of the Grange Park Primary Care Centre is Wilks Walk, Grange Park, Northampton, NN4 5DW.
Milton Keynes University Hospital is postponing all appointments for people due to receive their second COVID vaccination dose at the hospital, following the 

Department ofHealth and Social Care’s decision to extend the period between first and second/booster vaccinations to 12 weeks.
The hospital is contacting all those who have already received their first jab to advise that their booster dose will now be rearranged and they will be contacted from mid-February to arrange their next appointment.  
If you have an appointment to receive your second COVID vaccination dose at the hospital, you will be contacted to advise that your appointment will now be deferred to a later date. Please do not attend the hospital for your follow-up vaccination or contact the hospital to arrange a new appointment.
The hospital is currently vaccinating:  
• local people aged 75 and over  
• local care home workers  
• local NHS staff who have been assessed as being at the highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19

Please do not go to Hanslope Surgery unless you are collecting medication or have been asked to attend by a clinician. If you have to attend the Surgery you MUST wear a face covering, use the hand sanitiser provided and follow the social distancing guidelines.
To help manage the spread of Coronavirus all pre-bookable face-to-face appointments have been suspended. If you need to see a GP or Practice Nurse please contact the Surgery who will arrange for a clinician to telephone you. If a face-to-face appointment is necessary the clinician will book this for you.
DO NOT COME INTO THE DOCTORS SURGERY 
Extended hours within the Practice are currently suspended due to Covid-19. However the South Northants GP Extended Access service is now available for evening and weekend appointments - please contact your usual surgery to book an appointment. 

The National Lockdown regulations

The whole of England is now under National Lockdown. You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives. You should follow this guidance immediately.
The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fixed penalty notices.  You can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.
If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000. 

Stay at home
You must stay at home and may only leave home for one of these five specific "reasonable excuses": 
• To go to work or volunteer if it’s impossible to do so from home, e.g. a construction or critical worker who can’t work from home. 
• To shop for necessities including food and medicine. 
• To exercise, which can be with your household or up to one other person from outside your household or bubble. The exercise should ideally be limited to once per day. Guidance is that people should try to do this locally. 
• To provide care or help to a vulnerable person. This includes buying food or medicine for a disabled person or someone self-isolating. 
• To attend medical appointments or seek medical care or fleeing the threat of harm or violence. 
There are other 'reasonable excuses' on top of these main five ones. 
You may also leave home for education and registered childcare, if your children are eligible to attend despite closures. 
You may also leave home to be with your childcare or support bubble, if you have one, but you are advised to keep it local. 
You can also leave home to: 
• provide emergency assistance 
• be with someone giving birth 
• visit someone who is dying 
• visit a care home, hospital or hospice resident 
• fulfil animal welfare reasons including going to a vet 
• attend a support group (of up to 15 people) 
• attend communal worship or life events such as weddings and funerals 
• fulfil a legal obligation 
• carry out activity related to buying, selling, letting or renting a property 
• fulfil respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a person with a disability, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child. 

 Schools, education and childcare
All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges are shut to almost all pupils. Only children of key workers and vulnerable kids can attend in person. Others will learn remotely. This is in line with the March lockdown and much stricter than the November lockdown. 
Nursery age, vulnerable children and children of critical workers over 5 can still attend childcare. 
GCSEs and A-levels this summer are unlikely to proceed as planned.   
University students will not be able to return and will be expected to study from their current residence where possible until at least mid-February. In person teaching at university will only be allowed for a small number of critical courses previously announced such as those studying to work in the health service. 

Meeting friends and family 
You cannot meet people from outside your household or bubble anywhere - indoors or outdoors. 
The only exemption is that one person can take exercise outside with one person from another household. But you cannot sit down and have a drink together in the park, as you could previously under Tier 4. 
You also can't do anything that counts as "recreation and leisure" with them, which was allowed under the November lockdown. 
When you do meet one person from outside your household, you should stay two metres apart, or if that's not possible, one metre with extra precautions. 

Places of worship
Churches, synagogues, temples and mosques can remain open for individual prayer and congregational worship - i.e. services. But they will be expected to follow the same social distancing rules as they have been following for many months. 

Shops and essential businesses
Essential retailers which include supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, and builders' merchants may stay open but all non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must shut if not already, and remain closed. 
Stores and businesses that can remain open include: 
● market stalls selling essential retail 
● businesses primarily offering repair services 
● petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses 
● banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses 
● funeral directors 
● laundrettes and dry cleaners 
● medical and dental services 
● vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals 
● animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes) 
● agricultural supplies shops 
● mobility and disability support shops 
● storage and distribution facilities 
● car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas 
● outdoor playgrounds 
● outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise 
● places of worship 
● crematoriums and burial grounds 
Non-essential retail stores that must shut include:  
• clothing and homeware stores,  
• vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)  
• betting shops  
• tailors  
• tobacco and vape shops  
• electronic goods and mobile phone shops  
• auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment)  
• market stalls selling non-essential goods. 

Pubs and restaurants
Pubs must close but can serve takeaway food. They are banned from serving takeaway alcoholic drinks – a tightening of the rules since Tier 4 after people got drinks and gathered outside venues. However if you are getting your takeaway delivered, rather than picking it up, it can come with alcohol.
Restaurants, cafes, pubs and other hospitality venues must shut. They can continue doing delivery or takeaway - but only for food. 

Home services
You can still have people into your home to do work—such as plumbers, cleaners and nannies – if they can't do it from home, but you would be expected to maintain social distancing and clean any surfaces they touch.
 
Hairdressers and personal care 
All personal care services including hairdressers, nail bars and tattoo parlours must close, along with spas, massage parlours, and body and skin piercing services. 

Gyms and sport 
All outdoor gyms and pools must now shut. This goes further than Tier 4 when they could remain open if they were outdoors. Other outdoor sports venues including tennis courts, golf courses, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. 
Outdoor team sports will not be permitted, apart from elite sport, such as Premier League and EFL football. 
PE lessons and sports clubs for children still attending school can continue. 
You can meet a personal trainer if you're on your own, but you should do so in a public outdoor space like a park if you can. 

Moving home
You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.  

Travel
You must not travel or leave your home unless it is for one of the specially laid out reasons above. 
This means travelling for recreation or to a second or holiday home is not allowed. You shouldn't be travelling across the country. 
There is no formal limit in terms of a number of miles you can exercise or visit a support bubble, but both should be local. You shouldn’t be travelling across the country to do exercise. 
People who want to travel for business may still be able to do so but only in highly specified situations where it is impossible to do your work from home or you are a key worker. 
This means most international travel is highly unlikely to fall within the rule. 
If you are already on holiday, you should return to your home as soon as practical. 

Overnight trips
You cannot stay overnight away from home, even in your own second home or caravan. However, you are allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you: 
● are visiting your support bubble 
● are unable to return to your main residence 
● need accommodation while moving house 
● need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event 
● require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services 
● are a child requiring accommodation for school or care 
● are homeless, seeking asylum, a vulnerable person seeking refuge, or if escaping harm (including domestic abuse) 
● are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition

Shielding
Shielding will resume and if people were shielding before, they must begin shielding again. They will receive individual letters shortly. The shielding group is not being expanded to include blanket groups such as the over-70s. 
The ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should stay at home as much as possible and should only leave for exercise and health appointments. They should not go to work even if they cannot work from home, and avoid busy places including shops and pharmacies. 
Support bubbles 
Support and childcare bubbles will remain as they currently are under the new lockdown. 
Support bubbles allow a single-adult household, or a couple with a child under one, to permanently ‘bubble up’ with one other household of any size. They can act as though they’re in the same household. 
A childcare bubble is where one household links with one other household to provide informal childcare - unpaid and unregistered - to anyone under 14. 
Children of divorced or separated parents can continue to move freely between both parents’ homes, as in previous lockdowns. 

Weddings and funerals 
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are allowed with strict limits on attendance, and must only be in exceptional circumstances - which usually means deathbed weddings. They must only take place with up to 6 people. Anyone working is not included and you can't have a reception afterwards.  
Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, just like Tier 4. But wakes can only be attended by up to six people. 

Entertainment venues
All outdoor attractions, such as theme parks, zoos and outdoor sports facilities, must close part from parks and playgrounds. However, you are still allowed to go to public gardens and the grounds of a heritage site. 
Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
Entertainment venues must shut. These include: 
• cinemas and theatres
• concert halls
• museums and galleries
• casinos
• amusement arcades
• bingo halls
• bowling alleys
• skating rinks
• go-karting venues
• indoor play and soft play centres
• circuses and fairgrounds
• funfairs
• water parks
• theme parks

Dentists, opticians and healthcare
Dentists, opticians and other healthcare appointments can continue to go ahead.  
Driving lessons  
Driving lessons and tests will not be allowed under the new lockdown. 

To read the full lockdown regulations on the Government website click here
To find out about COVID-19 cases in Castlethorpe and Hanslope click here
For an interactive map of COVID throughout the UK (scaleable down to postcode level click here.

The latest Covid Snapshot for MK

Click on the image to see it full-size

MK Council leader Pete Marland's
latest update on the pandemic

Take care at play areas

The two play areas in Castlethorpe are open subject to the Government guidelines on the COVID-19 pandemic. All users should take hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes or sprays – preferably anti-viral or antibacterial – as you MUST wipe down every piece of equipment you or your children use BEFORE and AFTER you use it to prevent catching or spreading the virus. Please take all your rubbish home and dispose of it properly.

You MUST also observe social distancing and wash your hands as soon as you can. Finally no food or drink can be consumed in or around any of the areas.

The Outdoor Gym and the tennis courts at the Sports Ground are now closed under the Lockdown regulations and must not be used.

Help you can get locally

  •                VILLAGE HELP GROUP

Alex Danield, from Paddock Close, has organised a group of volunteers from the village to help anyone who needs it, particularly elderly and vulnerable people in Castlethorpe. They can can help with picking up shopping, posting mail, a friendly phone call or collecting urgent supplies. Just call or text any of these numbers and they'll do their very best to help you.


  • THE CHURCH:  If you are in need of help, support including assistance with shopping/prescriptions collection etc or just a friendly chat please telephone your designated Pastoral Team Member, or, if you are not a church member, any member of the team below who will help you. Our Pastoral Team can ask one of our Corona Friends volunteers to help with shopping or the collection of prescriptions, posting letters etc.
    Fr Gary is also available and you can speak to him by phoning 01908 337936.
    Surnames A-Fo         Jan Bance A – Fo                  07541 413970
    Surnames Fr-Ken     Jackie Gommon Fr- Ken      07891 497301
    Surnames Keo-Rus  Mike Shryane Keo – Rus      07549 227530
    Surnames Rut-Z       Stewart Tate Rut – Z            07976 267630
    Click here for more information about what the church is doing during the pandemic.
  • SHOPPING: Udi and Dina have a good stock of most items in the Village Shop and are open as usual from 7am to 7.30pm (to noon on Sundays) with a post office open from 9am to 5.30pm on weekdays, except for Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. For everyone's safety only two customers are being allowed in at one time. The shop's phone number is 01908 745983.