NHS Coronavirus Update

Our wonderful postman is now having to collect as well as deliver the Royal Mail so collection from the Post Office will be at 11:00-11:30 each day instead of at 15:00.


Visiting Restrictions Across Somerset Hospitals and Units

Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “In the light of yesterday’s Government announcement, and to help us protect patients, colleagues and the public, our hospitals in Somerset are now closed to visitors. This includes Yeovil District Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital, all thirteen community hospitals, all our mental health units among others.

The only exceptions are for

  • patients receiving end of life care
  • patients on children’s wards and neo-natal units and
  • patients with specific conditions such as a dementia or a learning disability.

Individual visiting arrangements will be made for patients receiving end of life care and with specific conditions such as dementia or a learning disability.

Visitors to children’s wards and neonatal units must be parent or guardian visitors only and are limited to a maximum of one visitor per patient.

Women in labour can be accompanied by one birthing partner.

We fully appreciate that this may be difficult for many people who naturally want to visit their loved ones when they are unwell. We do not take this action lightly but we truly believe that asking you to comply with these restrictions it will help keep our patients, visitors and colleagues safe during this period. By limiting visiting in these ways you are helping our hospitals, units and NHS services to manage to keep everyone as safe as possible.

For people attending outpatient appointments they are asked to attend alone if at all possible. If they need to be accompanied due to mobility issues, one person may accompany them. No children are to enter the outpatients unit unless they are the patient.

All permitted visitors to our hospitals are required to wash their hands with soap and water, or use the alcohol gel when they go into a ward/department and when they leave. For the latest public health advice, click here:

No one should visit a hospital or unit, even if they meet the criteria above, if they are

  • unwell, especially if you have a high temperature or a new, persistent cough
  • vulnerable as a result of medication, a chronic illness or if you are over 70 years of age

Emotional Support Helpline

In these extraordinary times we are all mindful of the importance of supporting both physical and mental health needs.

To help address the emotional health needs of the public, Mindline (run by Mind in Somerset) have extended their hours so people can call (at local rate) and talk to some one about their anxieties and worries.  It is not a general advice line but they will be able to listen and support you.

Mindline’s extended hours start on Monday 23rd March and will be online in the evening and over the weekend.  To find out more about this service, go to:

NHS Guidelines

Leaders of NHS organisations across Somerset have praised locals for their response during the coronavirus pandemic.

Peter Lewis, chief executive of both Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness, thoughtfulness and support as our staff and services face unprecedented times”.

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions. Other things you can do to stop the infection spreading:

  • 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
  • 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
  • stay 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people, if you need to go outside

To read more about how to prevent the spread of coronavirus, go to:

Somerset GPs Ask You to Help Them Keep Services Running

GPs and primary care staff in Somerset are working hard to keep people as safe as possible in these exceptional circumstances.

There are several things that people can do to help us keep services running well. Anyone who is unwell should to go NHS 111 online first for advice rather than approaching their GP practice:

– People can also help by using the NHSApp and other online services where they can. Each GP practice website has links to a range of online services which will support people to access advice and  information and, in most cases, order repeat prescriptions online.

– For parents and carers of babies and young children, the HandiApp offers simple and straightforward advice.

– You can also help us by only requesting your usual supply of medications when required and not try and do it early or order extra, to help the supply chain keep up with demand. We will make sure suitable provision is made for people self isolating owing to illness or being in at risk groups.”

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus. This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.


Stay At Home Need Food?

If you live in England and you’re extremely vulnerable, you can register to get access to priority home delivery by visiting GOV.UK and searching “Coronavirus extremely vulnerable shopping”. Or by clicking HERE

Message from Naomi Philp, the Timberscombe Headteacher:

We are able to do food drops on a Tuesday so if we can help anyone just shout- I am working with village agents, food banks and LA etc so if I can’t help I might be in contact with someone who can.

Naomi’s mobile is 07734960558

Police Enquiry Offices & Reporting Issues.

The majority of police enquiry offices across the force area have been closed in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Four of them will remain open seven days a week, but should only be used if absolutely essential. Anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating should follow Government advice and stay at home and report matters for the police through our website instead.

The four in operation from 8am-8pm (weekdays) and 9am-5pm (weekends) are:

•Bridewell Police Station, Bristol

•Patchway Police Centre, South Gloucestershire

•Bridgwater Police Centre, Somerset

•Yeovil Police Station, Somerset

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen said: “This has not been an easy decision to make but has been made in accordance with the Government’s announcement on Monday that people should remain at home unless absolutely necessary to reduce the spread of this virus. The decision will remain under constant review.

“By temporarily reducing the number of enquiry desks open it will allow us best maximise the resources available to the force at what is critical time for policing.

“We remain committed to providing a visible police presence in all our communities, and any enquiries that would traditionally have been handled face-to-face will be conducted online through our website, including reporting non-urgent crimes.

Further guidance:

• Please only call 999 in an emergency. If you need to call our 101 service, please consider whether you can report online instead via our online reporting tools.

• Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for links to all the latest news on policing services.

• Visit GOV.UK to read the Government’s advice on COVID-19.

• See Government advice for staying at home, for households with possible COVID-19 infection and social distancing to protect vulnerable groups.

• Visit the NHS website for hygiene advice and advice on calling 111.

• For advice on mental health, visit the Every Mind Matters website.

Please also be aware that all NHW Administrators are now having to work from home. This means that they will be available by email and by mobile phone only. All post, both incoming and outgoing will be severely delayed until further notice.

Email: Mobile: 07889 656 575


Parish Council Meeting for Monday 30th March : Cancelled

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Monday 23rd March 2020 the Timberscombe Parish Council will been unable to hold their meeting which was due to be held on Monday 30th March 2020, to pass the Business Continuity Motion.

The Timberscombe Parish Council have all agreed to pass this motion via email response, as they are unable, at the present time, to hold a public meeting. The Timberscombe Parish Council understand that this is not recommended procedure but in the light of the present restrictions they feel it is the only way that the parish council can continue working. The councillors emailed responses will be kept on file by the clerk for future verification if it is required.

Please visit the Past Minutes page for the parish council to view the Business Continuity Motion.

Stay Home Get Fit

With severe restrictions on our movement it is essential for us all to remain active. I have put together a selecting of online videos which you can use to create a regular exercise programme during this period of confinement.

The videos cover all ages and abilities including children and people with health restrictions such as bad knees or back, arthritis, etc. so there are no excuses !

The videos range from 5 minutes to over an hour and cover pilates, yoga, strength work, aerobic workout, PE for Kids and even belly dancing. So why not set your self the target of doing one each day and may be by the end of this period of isolation we will have some Timberscombe belly dancers !!

  • First up are the pilates, yoga, strength, resistance and aerobic workouts videos created by the NHS.  I have listed the catagories below so you can see the huge range  of classes available. To access these videos Click HERE  and then choose the type of classes you want to try by clicking on the + to get a drop down menu of classes.

Pilates Level 1 (Level: Beginner)

Pyjama pilates (Level: Intermediate)

Yoga with LJ (Level: Beginner)

Beditation Pre- and postnatal yoga (Level: Beginner)

Chair-based pilates (Level: Beginner)

Pilates with back pain (Level: Beginner)

Pilates with knee problems (Level: Beginner)

Pilates with arthritis (Level: Beginner)

Pilates with scoliosis (Level: Beginner)

Pilates with osteoporosis (Level: Beginner)

Pilates with MS and fibromyalgia (Level: Beginner)

Basic warm-up (Level: Intermediate)

Abs workout (Level: Intermediate)

Legs workout (Level: Intermediate)

Waist workout (Level: Intermediate)

Arms workout (Level: Intermediate)

Bum toning (Level: Intermediate)

Cool-down (Level: Intermediate)

Wake up! workout (Level: Beginner)

Aerobics (Level: Beginner)

Dancing: belly dance (Level: Beginner)

Dancing: La Bomba (Level: Beginner)

Wake up! workout (Level: Beginner)

NHS Couch to 5k running plan


  • If you have Kids at home these daily 30 minute PE lessons with Joe will be a must. To access these daily workouts click HERE 


  • A selection of Trika Yoga session from 5 minutes to over an hour can be found by clicking HERE


  • Finally if you are already fit and want to stay that way gymnast Max Whitlock and other sportsmen and women have produced a series of vidoes which can be found by clicking HERE. Warning do not try these unless you are already fit!


If you have any other ideas for keeping us all occupied during this period of isolation please let me know by replying to this email.