General Information

For some help trying to navigate this difficult time we have put together some useful links and pages

In the links below, you will find general information and guidance about the Coronavirus from gov.uk, Public Health England and Wandsworth Council.

 

Extra COVID-19 testing will be rolled-out in Wandsworth

 A number of cases of the South African variant have been identified in parts of south London, including Wandsworth. All cases are now self-isolating and robust contact tracing has taken place to trace their contacts and ask them to self-isolate. (No cases have been identified in Richmond.)

Everyone who lives or works in Wandsworth is being asked to take a COVID-19 PCR test to help quickly identify any further cases and limit any potential spread.

There is currently no evidence to suggest this variant is more serious than others, or that the regulated vaccines would not protect against it.

What are people being advised to do?

  • Every person living or working in Wandsworth is strongly encouraged to take a PCR COVID-19 test this week, even if they are not showing symptoms.
  • If people are getting regular rapid tests for work or other commitments (lateral flow tests), they should prioritise getting a PCR test this week. PCR tests are able to detect new variants of the virus, which the rapid tests cannot.
  • Facilities offering on-site PCR testing will be deployed at Wandsworth Town Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre and the University of Roehampton. Further testing sites will be opened during the week.
  • People are advised to continue following the national guidance on current restrictions and adhere to social distancing using the hands-face-space rules, if they are leaving home.

 How can people get a test?

People without symptoms can:

  • Get an on-site PCR test at Wandsworth Town Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre and the University of Roehampton.
  • Book an appointment at wandsworth.gov.uk/surge-testing (for themselves and/or another person)
  • People who are unable to book online, and don’t know someone who can book for them, can call 020 8871 6555 from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm for help.


People with symptoms can:

  • Get tested at one of several symptomatic local test sites across Wandsworth. They must book an appointment at gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 119.
  • You should not visit Wandsworth Town Hall, Tooting Leisure Centre and the University of Roehampton if you are displaying COVID-19 symptoms

If you need further information, please visit wandsworth.gov.uk/surge-testing

Further Resources

  • Race Equality Foundation: translation of guidance on Covid19 for those with dementia, their families and carersThe Race Equality Foundation has developed a national resource of written, spoken and video translations of the guidance on coronavirus and other information to support those with dementia, their families and carers. The materials are provided in England and have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Kurdish, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Somali, and Urdu. Please find all of the translated materials here:
  • The on Covid-19 from Public Health England
  • For government guidance and information about issues relating to Covid-19
  • For government guidance for those who are providing unpaid care
  • Social distancing guidance provided by gov.uk
  • Guidance for shielding and protecting those who are vulnerable
  • If you are caring for someone and need support for either you or the person you care for call 0208 871 6555 to speak with the Wandsworth Council helpline or visit their website
  • Wandsworth Council has up to date information about supermarket arrangements
  • Emergency Plans – To help in your caring role during these uncertain times the government has advised that Carers create an emergency plan for the person you care for. This can be used in circumstances where help from other people/services may be needed to deliver care. Please find the template for the plan here.

    Please give us a call on 020 8877 1200 if you would like one of our team to help you fill out the plan.

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