Temple Grove care home near Uckfield area has closed its doors to visitors in a bid to stop the Coronavirus COVID-19 reaching residents.
And doctors surgeries at Buxted, East Hoathly and Horam are no longer booking appointments at reception desks or online.
All appointments at those surgeries will be telephone triaged, and no face-to-face appointments will be booked with the GP prior to a telephone consultation.
Events are being cancelled or postponed following confirmation of the first case in East Sussex.
Panic buying is clearing supermarket shelves of items such as toilet paper, hand wash and painkillers as soon as they are stocked.
There have even been reports of shoppers taking products from the trolleys of others in Uckfield Tesco.
One woman, for example, said on Uckfield Talk: “To the lady I just had an argument with in Tesco: I hope you enjoy the chicken breasts you took out of my trolley. Your rudeness and language when I caught you was just despicable and the whole thing unnecessary. I can’t believe the behaviour some people are showing!”
Temple Grove Care Home at Herons Ghyll closed its doors to visitors yesterday (Sunday) afternoon having given relatives and friends of residents advance warning on Saturday.
Home manager Alison Barnes wrote to relatives saying: “As the UK moves from the Containment to the Delay stage of its Coronavirus response we are committed to ensuring the well-being of all our residents and staff and as such continue to review our policies and procedures.
“As part of this review, as a preventative measure we are asking that from Sunday, March 15, all visits to the home are restricted, any visits will need to be vital and subject to prior arrangement by telephone with the Home Management Team.
“This is not a decision that we take lightly and we appreciate this will cause some discomfort, but I hope you understand that this is a necessary step to take in the current circumstances. We will review this policy on a daily basis and continue to monitor the situation with the Public Health Authorities.”
The manager went on the say that the home would be restricting visits more generally and all non-essential visits from the local community and external entertainment will also be cancelled for the foreseeable future.
“We will continue to ensure that those who make essential medical visits are not displaying symptoms, and follow our infection control policies.”
Meanwhile, some events are being cancelled, or postponed in the area, while extra precautions are being taken so that other activities can continue.
A networking curry club organised by Rix & Kay Solicitors and Oldfield Smith & Co chartered surveyors, due to be held in April, has been cancelled.
Victoria Regan and Richard Oldfield emailed contacts saying: “This was not an easy decision to make but we hope that you understand our reasons and we very much look forward to seeing you at the next Uckfield Curry Event which will hopefully be back on track in June.”
Elton Tribute Night
An Elton Tribute Night in Framfield due to have been held on March 28 to raise funds for the village school has been postponed. Another date is yet to be arranged.
Uckfield Community Orchestra has decided to suspend rehearsals until after the Easter break in view of the potential worsening of the virus outbreak.
The orchestra committee is due to review the situation again after Easter and base any decisions on Government advice at that time.
The committee said: “It is difficult to know what is best, but overall we have decided to take the cautious route and keep our members from passing on any new contamination.”
Elsewhere clubs and organisations, such as Uckfield Yoga Studio are taking extra measures to keep everyone safe.
The studio says:
- We are cleaning the studio at the start and end of the day with anti- bacterial spray and wiping down all mats and blocks after each use.⠀
- Washing everything at the laundrette Sunday afternoon.
- Hand sanitizer available on the front desk and paper towels for hand washing in the bathroom.
- We kindly request you wash your hands on arrival at the studio or use the hand gel.
The studio has asked members to stay at home if they have a temperature, cough or cold, until symptoms pass.
Sky High Trampoline Gymnastics Academy says it will operate fully until Government intervention.
But the academy, which meets at Fun Abounds, is advising that all members and parents must not come to lessons, or on site, for a minimum of seven days if they or their family have any of the following symptoms, a high temperature/fever, a cough, trouble breathing, or mild respiratory symptoms including a sore throat or runny nose.
The academy says: “Please note to keep our members safe anyone showing signs of respiratory illness with the symptoms shown above will be sent home immediately.”
Anyone who has visited the gym and has to self isolate is notify the gym by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fun Abounds has increased the frequency of cleaning and is monitoring the situation and following advice from British Gymnastics, Public Health England and NHS UK.
Offers of help
On the other side of the coin offers are being made via Facebook to help others in need over the coming months.
A group has been set up on Facebook for Uckfield Coronavirus Volunteers who would like to help in the coronavirus lockdown.
People are encouraged to join if they can collect, or deliver, groceries and medicine or support local medical staff. Requests for help are also welcome.
There is a Framfield Isolation Support Group on Facebook too.
• For more information on the symptoms and steps to take if you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19, go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
• For the latest advice on travellers returning from affected areas, plus guidance to schools and care homes, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.