Due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with Government instructions, we have taken the difficult decision to close the Tring Town Council Office and the Information Centre to the public until further notice. However, we are working remotely, and we will attempt to deal effectively with all enquiries by phone (there is an answer machine message facility), e-mail, or via this website (see ‘contact information’ page at the bottom of the list on the left). As and when we receive updated information about local services, we will add links below, to keep you in the picture about the great work that is being done in the local community.
Coronavirus: who can get a test and how?
There have been a number of changes to the national testing programme for COVID-19. People of any age who have developed a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their sense of taste or smell, can book a mail-order or drive-through test. Use this link: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-
Update on Covid -19 Testing
Mobile testing will be available on Thursdays and Sundays at Apsley Campus. Brindley Way, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9DQ. Residents can also request tests by mail order. Tests appointments can be booked, or mail order tests can be requested through the online portal at www.gov.uk/coronavirus. For anyone who needs additional help to book a test, or who doesn’t have access to the internet, a telephone call centre is available – ring 119 between 7am and 11pm or 18001 0300 303 2713 if you have hearing or speech difficulties.
NHS Test and Trace
The government has officially launched a new ‘NHS Test and Trace’ service across England, to help to contain and control the spread of the virus. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members and people they have been in close contact for more than 15 minutes.
If the Test and Trace service identifies you as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test, you must stay at home for 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms, to stop the spread of the virus. If you develop symptoms within these 14 days, you can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If you test positive, you must continue to stay at home for the next seven days, or until your symptoms have passed. Even if you have a test and your test is negative, you must complete the 14-day isolation period
For latest advice from Central Government and Hertfordshire County Council on face masks, click the link below:
Wearing of face coverings on public transport – mandatory with effect from Monday 15 June – for more information, click here
For the latest information from Rothschild House Surgery in Tring about patient care and prescription arrangements, please click here
|Help for people experiencing domestic abuse
The number of referrals to domestic abuse services increased during the ‘lockdown’. While the easing of lockdown restrictions might make it easier for some people experiencing domestic abuse to seek help; women, men and children will still sadly be experiencing financial, emotional, sexual or physical abuse at the hands of someone in their household. No-one should have to tolerate violent, controlling or undermining behaviour and this isn’t normal.
In Hertfordshire, if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse,
Alternatively, email Kim@mailpurple.org or go to hertsdomesticabusehelpline.org and use the live online chat facility if you are concerned about being overheard. For more information on how to deal with domestic abuse, go to http://www.hertssunflower.org
In an emergency, always dial 999. If you are unable to reply when prompted by the operator, press 5 and then 5 again to signal that you need help.
If you have concerns about your own health and well-being in respect of Covid-19, please do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. If you need to, use the online ‘111’ service at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus – please only actually phone 111 if you cannot get help from the online service.
Here are some links to further useful contacts that you may find helpful during this crisis:
Perhaps the most important being:
“Herts Help” on 0300 123 4044 or online at Herts Help can provide a range of help and advice to members of the public, care providers, and voluntary sector organisations alike. This includes the provision of support for people who are self-isolating, and advice for people living and working in residential and home care settings. You can also tell them about someone who needs help, or who you’re worried about. They will try to find the best possible sources of help to meet your concerns.
- UK Government website
- NHS England
- Age UK Dacorum
- Alzheimer’s Society update
- Dacorum Citizens Advice
- Dacorum Borough Council
- Churches Together in Tring
- Support for Carers in Herts
You can find Hertfordshire County Council’s realtime service updates – a key source of local information – here
You can find Hertfordshire County Council’s information about benefits and financial advice for people affected by Coronavirus here
Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, bus service levels in all areas, including ours, are subject to frequent change. You can check your service information before you travel here
For a Business Update from Dacorum Borough Council, please click here
For the latest on household waste recycling centres (tips/dumps) in Dacorum, click here
It is now possible to get dental treatment. If you need to see the dentist, contact your usual practice by phone or email to make an appointment. Do not visit in person unless you have been advised by the practice to do so.
Can you support a great local initiative?
South East Crafts for Causes originally came together last year to help make items to save animals in the Australian bushfires. We have over 1k members on our local facebook group.
Now we have been asked directly by Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Watford General Hospital and Luton and Dunstable Hospital to sew scrubs and scrub bags. These are for staff who do not normally wear scrubs but are required to now due to covid19. We have also been approached by St Josephs care home in Tring who also needs scrubs for their employees.
Hospitals are overwhelmed and the factories that provide scrubs are in China. They are weeks behind in production and the global demand is just too high.
We have raised over £2500 at the moment to help cover the cost of fabric and trimmings. Our goal is £5000 so we have made a great start.
We have pledged to make 500 sets of scrubs.
We desperately need more funds to be able to secure the amount of fabric needed.
The fabric alone costs approx £10 per scrub set.
This will be vital to helping to keep staff and the community safer.
Could you consider donating towards our initiative? This money will go directly to funding fabric and threads to sew these scrubs. Scrubs will be sewn by volunteers. All scrubs will be donated to NHS workers and or the specified care home.
Our facebook page South East Crafts for Causes https://m.facebook.com/groups/589311051852612/
Our GoFundMe page is: http://gf.me/u/xu62yz
Calling small tourism, retail and leisure businesses! @HertsLEP and @VisitHertsUK and are offering funding to help adapt your business ready for post-lockdown measures. Find out if your business qualifies.
News from Dacorum Community Action
We are now offering those who are vulnerable, including those vulnerable people who live in Tring, the opportunity to have their shopping delivered by one of our volunteers. We are open to people who are either over 70 and able to afford shopping but reluctant to venture out, or those who are unable to do their shopping for other reasons that do not qualify them for Operation Shield support. To find out more, contact http://www.communityactiondacorum.org
Operation Sustain. We have been coordinating the recruitment of volunteers in Dacorum for Operation Sustain. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to http://bit.ly/TeamHertS and we will help you find something to do. If you run a charity in Tring and are in need of help, contact http://www.communityactiondacorum.org
Supporting Community Groups. We are currently contacting small pop-up community groups to help them with training and to help them to think about how they safeguard themselves and others. We also don’t want to stop people helping so we want avoid duplicating work in areas where the local community has it covered. For information, get in touch with Matt Hatton at http://www.communityactiondacorum.org
The Herfordshire Volunteer and People Assistance Cell will write to all those Herts residents who have been shielding informing them of available sources of help and methods of contacting local services as lockdown eases. The HertsHelp telephone number remains 0300123 4044.
Anyone currently using a social care service should expect that to continue; however, for other urgent care needs call 0300 123 4042.. Service updates can be found at http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/serviceupdate
Where possible, our wonderful local businesses and groups are doing everything they can to keep things going and provide a service to customers, even if things have to be different for a while. Click on the link below to check what’s happening.
Bonfires during COVID19 lockdown – update from Neighbourhood Watch
The advice from Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue is to avoid starting bonfires as the COVID19 lockdown continues and whilst Hertfordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed. They advise that:
– Bonfires can quickly get out of control and pose a risk to you, your family and your property
– Bonfires can cause issues for people with respiratory illnesses, harm wildlife, pollute the atmosphere
– Bonfires can cause a nuisance for neighbours.
Please avoid lighting bonfires to help reduce the pressure on firefighters. If you are going to light a bonfire then please follow Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue’s safety advice by visiting: www.hertsfire.gov.uk
If you need information regarding bin and waste collections, please check the Dacorum Borough Council website: www.dacorum.gov.uk/home/
Police Contact Advice
- Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
- Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents.
- Alternatively, visit www.herts.police.uk/contact to report a non-emergency crime online or chat to a police operator live via our web chat service.
Please feel free to explore our website for more extensive local information. Please be aware that, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the currency or accuracy of websites to which we provide links on our web pages, particularly at this difficult time.