NHS – Keep well this winter

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We’re here to help you stay well this winter


This winter, it’s really important that we all remember that the NHS is here to help you stay well, safely.


We have been working hard to make changes to how healthcare is provided to make it safe for you during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


If you’re worried about your health, don’t delay. The sooner you get advice, the better.


Depending on your symptoms, you can get advice from your local pharmacy, GP practice or NHS 111. For minor health concerns, your local pharmacist can help. GP practices offer remote consultations online or by phone, or if you need a face-to-face appointment, they will tell you what to do.


If you need medical help fast, think you need to go to an Emergency Department (A&E) or you’re not sure what to do, use NHS 111 first – online or by phone to get clinical advice or direction to the most appropriate services for treatment for you.


You can also help us to help you. If you are over 65, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, it is more important than ever this year to ensure you have your free flu vaccination. Just speak to your GP or pharmacist to book an appointment. You can also find more information at www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine


Be sure to also stock up your medicine cabinet with winter self-care essentials too. Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to help relieve symptoms of common winter illnesses and you can find further information at www.nhs.uk


To help prevent further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow current Government guidelines for the area you live in at all times. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus it’s important you get tested as soon as possible. You can apply for a test online via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, or by calling 119.

Play Area now open Risk Assessment completed Friday, July 3rd

Following a thorough cleaning of all equipment and bird proofing on the framed play equipment, the Clerk and two Councillors carried out a risk assessment for COVID-19 transmission based on guidance issued by Government and the Association of Play Industries.  Two main factors influenced the decision to open:

• The benefits to children of playing outside bring a host of social, emotional and physical rewards. These have long been undervalued
and at this time appear to have been completely ignored. Consequently, children are suffering harm.
• The evidence is that the risks posed by COVID-19 to children playing in outdoor spaces is very low

It was felt that as long as the general guidance towards social distancing and hand washing was adhered to then most of the play area could be opened safely.  Instructions were attached to equipment and in particular to the outdoor gym equipment indicating that only one person should use it at a time.  Sadly the small playhouse which is largely enclosed had to be taken out of use. The Zip Wire is currently awaiting repair and therefore cannot be used.

Although the picnic benches remained in situ notices were placed on them discouraging eating and drinking anywhere near the play equipment.  Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the field, away from the equipment and encouraged to take their litter home with them.

July 3, 2020


From Saturday July 4th the play equipment will again be open for use.  Parish Councillors have cleaned it to make sure its ready for use. Please read the following important information:

Folksworth & Washingley Parish Council


Advice for users and parents

  • Only the equipment not taped off can be used
  • Only one person on any piece of the outdoor gym at a time
  • Maintain social distancing within the playground, according to the government’s latest advice.
  • If the playground is too busy, please come back later.
  • Wash your hands before entering the playground and after you have finished. Use hand sanitiser often.

  • No eating or drinking near the play equipment

  • Place all rubbish in the bin or preferably take it home with you


If there are any issues with any of the equipment or problems on the playing field, please ring 07724 171158