New ’10 day rule’ for self isolation for people with COVID-19

New 10-day rule for self-isolation

If you test positive for coronavirus, or you have symptoms, you now need to self-isolate for 10 days rather than seven. The self-isolation period remains at 14 days for household members of a positive case, people contacted through NHS Test and Trace, and people returning to the UK from certain countries.


3 August, 2020|

helpful reminder to the public to keep social distance for those now un-shielding

As people who are considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable emerge from having shielded since the end of March a charity has launched on Monday 3rd August a badge using a symbol that it is hoping will be adopted by other charities supporting people with long term conditions.  Lymphoma Action wants charities to develop bespoke badges with the social distancing image for people with long term conditions to wear to act as a reminder to the public to retain their social distance of >2 metres.

new badge for clinically extremely vulnerable people to wear who are no longer shielding to remind public to maintain social distance

The Cabinet Office on 4th August published optional badges that can be used to show the carrier may have difficulties or concerns in maintaining social distancing. The badges are available for mobile phones as well as print.

Badges: Please Give Me Space social distancing templates for cards, phones or badges

3 August, 2020|

Dental services in Portsmouth – long term contracts

July ’20 NHS England update: plans to finalise long term dental contracts in Portsmouth:

NHS England (NHSE) have received and evaluated bids for contracts to provide general dental services in the city and following this process have identified preferred bidders. There has been a delay in awarding the contracts due to managing the response to Covid-19 but we are now continuing the process and aim to award contracts by the end of July.

This is some 6 weeks later than originally planned due to consideration of wider procurement issues and the impact of COVID-19 on NHS capacity. It was originally envisaged that the successful bidder would have 3-6 months to mobilise the new contracts and start to deliver services. However, as a result of COVID-19, and the potential financial impact to providers, it will be necessary to undertake additional due diligence. This is to ensure that preferred bidders are still in a position to proceed and to asses any revision to mobilisation timescales in light of the impacts of COVID-19 (e.g. delayed building works, workforce issues etc).

This will be completed in discussion with the preferred bidders to enable the resilient provision of services at the earliest possible time and therefore aim to […]

31 July, 2020|

Safeguarding – what to do if you see it happening in Portsmouth

Safeguarding – it’s everyone’s responsibility to report it if you see it happening

No abuse is acceptable. Protecting adults and children at risk is everyone’s responsibility. Do not assume that someone else is doing something to help.

If you are worried about an adult at risk call Portsmouth City Helpdesk: 02392 680810

If you are worried about a child, contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub: 023 9268 8793

For information about safeguarding in Portsmouth, and the work of the multi-agency Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board, visit the Portsmouth Safeguarding Adults Board website.

For information about safeguarding in Portsmouth for children visit Children’s Social Care pages

safe4me  is a free resource and information library to support schools, colleges, youth service partners and parents as part of Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing commitment to working in partnership to educate and safeguard children and young people.


Portsmouth City Helpdesk (tel: 02392 680810) which is run by Care Direct takes calls

8.00 am – 8.00 pm Monday to Friday

9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturdays.

Outside these hours and on Sundays and Bank Holidays, in emergency only, please contact the Emergency Duty Service 0300 555 1373

31 July, 2020|