Urgent dental care services across the South West

Since the Prime Minister announced social distancing measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19, a set of restrictions on daily activity to contain the spread of the virus were introduced. All non-urgent dental activity has stopped in line with the changes to people’s everyday lives that the Prime Minister has signalled.

In light of the public health control measures and in recognition of the difficulties that dental practices face, including continuing concerns about staff safety, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) is making a number of immediate changes to the delivery and operation of our dental services in the South West region.

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NHS steps up coronavirus capacity with new Nightingale Hospital

A new NHS Nightingale Hospital will be opened in Westpoint Exeter to provide 200 extra beds for patients with coronavirus symptoms if needed.

The NHS Nightingale Hospital Exeter, announced today by NHS Chief Executive, Sir Simon Stevens, brings the total to seven confirmed NHS Nightingale Hospitals in a matter of weeks.

The five hospitals in Devon and Cornwall will provide the majority of care for critically ill patients with coronavirus, and have plans in place to increase their critical care capacity up to 500 beds across both counties.
Our new NHS Nightingale Hospital, which is expected to be ready for the first patients, if needed, by early May, will provide a regional resource of 200 beds for Devon, Cornwall and neighbouring counties to meet the care needs for patients who are seriously unwell due to their coronavirus symptoms.

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Exmoor Tourism Business Update – Coronavirus 9 April 2020

I wanted to write briefly to thank you all for your support in promoting the ‘Visit Exmoor Later’ message in support of the Governments guidelines for people to stay home and stay safe.

Of course we would usually be gearing up to offer a very warm welcome to visitors over the Easter weekend, showcasing all that Exmoor has to offer. We are very aware of the huge challenges faced by many tourism businesses and partner organisations at this time.

Grants and Rate relief
We understand the application process for grants via North Devon Council will be open later today, whilst the process for Somerset West and Taunton businesses is already open. This is for those eligible for the retail, hospitality and leisure grants for businesses that have been granted rate relief this year (you should have received a letter if you qualify. If you feel you are eligible and have not been notified please follow this up with the District Councils directly). You can find up to date information from Somerset West and Taunton Council here and North Devon Council here.

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Easter waste and recycling collections

The Easter bank holiday weekend is approaching and North Devon Council is reminding residents to check when to put their waste and recycling out for collection.
There will be no waste or recycling collections on Good Friday (10 April). Collections due that day will be made on Saturday 11 April instead.
All waste and recycling collections in the week commencing Monday 13 April will take place one day later that week (running from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 April).

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Devon County Council Bulletin

We’ve started the week today by welcoming the first cohort of trainees for the new Healthcare Assistant roles. Welcome all! These positions will provide essential support to health and social care providers. More than 600 people have registered so far, and with more to follow we hope.
We’ve also taken a decision to increase the amounts we pay to care providers, so that in turn they can pay their care workers significantly more per hour. We think that this will help boost recruitment to the sector, and it should help care providers retain staff once we’re beyond coronavirus (COVID-19).

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North Devon is NOT open for tourism business this Easter

Local holiday accommodation businesses are being warned that they risk prosecution if they encourage tourists to visit them during Easter and throughout the lockdown period.
The guidance from the government is clear: all holiday accommodation including hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, holiday homes, campsites and caravan parks must cease to carry on that business during the emergency period.
North Devon Council has new powers to enforce the shutdown of any businesses that have been ordered to close by the government whilst the country is undergoing lockdown.

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Rural Service Network Bulletin

We are working in extraordinary times at the moment, but we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that, at the Rural Services Network, our staff are all working remotely and are still here to provide services to you.
We’ve been taking some time to reflect on how life is different now to how it was 12 months ago, and we’ve put together the attached flyer which sets out some of our achievements over the last year.

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Devon County Council Bulletin

A message from our Chief Executive and Leader

As we all adjust to the changes in the way we live our lives because of coronavirus (COVID-19), colleagues from all Devon County Council services are working round the clock to make sure you continue to receive vital services.
We are immensely proud of the dedication and calm, professional response from all our staff. Many are able to work from home supporting the delivery of services, while many others are working within our communities to provide care.

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Exmoor Tourism Business Update

Rate Relief

District Councils are in he process of applying the rate relief for eligible retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and there is no need for you to take action at this stage.

Grants for small businesses and retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The District Councils are also responsible for distributing the cash grants provided by central government to eligible businesses – defined as those either receiving Small Business or Rural Rate Relief (SBRR / RRR) and / or retail, hospitality or leisure businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000.

Takeaway services

As you will be aware from previous briefings the Government have announced that planning rules are to be changed with regards to pubs and restaurants etc being able to provide a take away service. The measures have now been introduced and apply to hot food and drinks.

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