... Coronavirus

COVID-19 information

England moved to Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap on 19 July but while cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why the Government is keeping in place key protections:
+ testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
+ isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
+ border quarantine for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
+ cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
+ whilst the Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, it would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
The Government expects and recommends:
+ wearing face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
+ being outside or letting fresh air in
+ minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.

+ encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings.
The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at Step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us.
Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months.

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 were lifted at Step 4 on 19 July. This means that:
You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There are also no limits on the number of people you can meet.
However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
You should meet outdoors where possible and let fresh air into homes or other enclosed spaces.
The Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can. However, the Government expects and recommends a gradual return over the summer.
The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends people to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.
There are no longer limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and other life

events (including receptions and celebrations). There is no requirement for table service at life events, or restrictions on singing or dancing.
You should follow guidance for weddings and funerals to reduce risk and protect yourself and others.
There are no longer restrictions on group sizes for attending communal worship.
COVID-19 has not gone away, so it’s important to remember the actions you can take to keep yourself and others safe. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious.
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted at Step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
If you are worried about going back to a more ‘normal’ life, there is information from the NHS on how to cope with anxiety about lockdown lifting by clicking here.
If you are yet to have your vaccination and need to know how to book, you can find out more on the BLMK website: www.blmkccg.nhs.uk.

To read the full COVID-19 advice 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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Stay safe in the Village Hall ...

... and be careful at the play 
areas and outdoor gym

The outdoor gym and the two children's play areas in Castlethorpe are open subject to the Government guidelines on COVID-19. 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.