Latest figures: Friday 4 December

  • Total number of lab-confirmed UK cases: 1,690,432
  • Daily number of lab-confirmed UK cases: 16,298
  • Total number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths: 60,617
  • Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK deaths: 504

More government data can be found here including lab confirmed cases by age and sex.

Please wear a face covering at all times when visiting our services. Patients and members of the public may wear a face mask, but a face covering is enough and we thank you for complying with this additional safety measure introduced from Monday 15 June.

Wearing a face covering will help limit the spread of COVID-19, and protect others from the virus.

For the face covering to be effective, please be aware that:

  • it should cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably
  • you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and taking it off. Please avoid touching the front or the inside of the covering, and handle it by the ear loops or ties
  • when wearing the face covering, avoid touching your face at all times.

You should follow other infection control safety measures when visiting our hospitals, including social distancing and regular hand washing.

Government advice:

Guidance on other languages

Race Equality Foundation has produced a national resource of written and audio translated materials of the guidance on coronavirus and other information to support those with dementia, their families and carers. The materials have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Kurdish, Punjabi, Portuguese, Polish, Somali, and Urdu.

COVID-19 translated resources

Guidance on shielding for the clinically extremely vulnerable 

If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

This advice is less restrictive than previous shielding advice.

Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases.You must not socialise with people from other households in groups of more than six. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

If you have symptoms, get tested now

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too. Book a test at gov.uk/coronavirus.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you are advised to stay at home for ten days. Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for ten days from the day their symptoms start, even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

NHS Test and Trace service

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus, understand your test result and find out what to do if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

NHS Test and Trace: how it works

NHS 111 online support via text message for people with Covid-19 symptoms 

  • People self-isolating with suspected coronavirus symptoms will get regular check-ins from a new NHS 111 online messaging service. Visit 111.nhs.uk  to get to the NHS 111 Online assessment pages.

Once individuals have been through the online assessment, daily texts will be sent to those who have registered their Covid-19 symptoms and left contact details.

What to do if you need medical help

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

Read more advice about getting medical help at home.

Briefing for key stakeholders

A regular briefing from the Oxfordshire health and care system to key stakeholders.

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – November 27, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – November 10, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – October 23 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – September 25, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – July 7 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – June 9, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – June 2, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 27, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 19, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 12, 2020

NHS & Local Authorities Stakeholder Briefing – May 5, 2020

Oxford Health has launched 24/7 mental health helplines for adults and children in all our regions

Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire – freephone

Adults: 0800 783 0119
Children and young people: 0800 783 0121

Bath and North East Somerset

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: Off The Record

 

Wiltshire

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01865 903777
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: On Your Mind

 

Swindon

What time is it? The number to phone:
9am – 5pm on a weekday 01793 463177
5pm – 9am on a weekday or on weekends 01865 901000
Other useful sources of support in your area: Swindon local offer

 

For more mental health advice advice, see:

Pregnancy advice

If you’re pregnant and worried about coronavirus, you can get advice about coronavirus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Domestic abuse

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse. The household isolation instruction as a result of Coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

Do

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get back home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Getting the right information

Disinformation

The current pandemic has paved the way for the spread disinformation in the form of misleading news and information about Coronavirus. When shared, false information can have some serious consequences. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. Cabinet Office are running a campaign to prevent Coronavirus disinformation, asking the public to stop and think before sharing content and to use the SHARE checklist to identify when information might be false. You can find the SHARE checklist here.