Stockport Review EXTRA - COVID-19 - 11th December

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Coronavirus helpline for residents 0161-217-6046 - 11th December 2020

This edition at a glance...

Cllr Wilson

Message from the Leader of the Council 

It’s been a momentous occasion this week as we’ve started to see the Covid vaccine rolled out across the country. This is really encouraging and welcome news in tackling coronavirus.

The first people to be called to have their vaccination will be over 80s, frontline healthcare workers and care home residents and staff. Well done to trailblazers Shirley, 86, who became the first patient to have the vaccine at Stepping Hill Hospital.

As we receive more vaccinations, more people will  be invited to come forward through a letter either from their GP or the national NHS. This will take many months, so please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you receive this letter.

However, we are still a long way off in getting back to normal life and the measures we have taken like good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering and social distancing will still be with us for the foreseeable future. So while the vaccine is fantastic news, we can’t take our foot off the gas just yet and risk undoing all the good work.          

The decline in numbers that we have seen over recent weeks has now slowed and case numbers this week have plateaued. The virus is still prevalent across the borough and we need to do all we can to make sure they continue to decline. The case rates are 110 per 100,000 and the latest published data can be found here.

I know with Christmas just around the corner many of you will be making plans and getting into the spirit of Christmas. When you make a trip to the shops, please take extra care and avoid anywhere that looks too busy. If you can do your shopping outside of peak hours, this will really help and thank you all for your continued support and hard work.

Have a good weekend.

- Leader of Stockport Council, Elise Wilson.

Government changes to self-isolation period

The Government has announced that from 12.01am, on Monday 14 December, the self-isolation period for Covid contacts will reduce from 14 to 10 days. This will apply to all those currently self-isolating, including those who began before Monday. The NHS Test and Trace service will be updated from then to advise people of the new rules.

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Free to use computers

Free to use computers available again in Stockport

Stockport residents can now access the free to use public computers at Fred Perry House reception, for essential activities such as job search, applying for benefits or accessing advice. Printing is also available at a small fee.

Numbers and opening hours are limited for the protection of staff and residents and slots are available which must be pre-booked. To book a 1-hour slot, call 0161 217 6009.

Slots are available:

  • 10am to 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday
  • 10am to 12pm Wednesday and Thursday

There is also free access to the public computers at the following Stockport libraries, although pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment: Bramhall, Brinnington, Cheadle, Edgeley, Hazel Grove, the Heatons, Marple and Reddish. To book a slot call 0161 217 6009 or email

All venues provide a COVID secure environment and customers should support social distancing measures and wear a face covering, unless exempt.

Crime Night

Stockport Libraries' Virtual Crime Night

Join Stockport Libraries as they celebrate 100 years of Hercule Poirot, and all things Agatha Christie with activities, online challenges, and our grand finale Zoom evening A Very Christie Crime Night December 17th at 7pm.

We are celebrating all things Poirot over the next few weeks with a Best Moustache competition on social media, a Crime Night pack of activities and treats to use at home, a Where’s Agatha? Writing contest, and Poirot’s Parlour (an online game you can play here).

And, of course, it's all building to A Very Christie Crime Night on December 17th where we will have quizzes, prizes, local history connected to Christie, and more.

Consultation for Carers

There are approximately 32,000 people in Stockport who are providing unpaid care for a person who could not cope without their support. The current COVID-19 pandemic has also put significant additional pressure on carers.

To help support adult carers Stockport Council are looking to develop and deliver a Stockport Carers service that will meet the needs of all unpaid carers across Stockport regardless of the illness or disability of the person they care for. To do this we first need to find out from you what your needs are and what you would like to see in a carer’s service in Stockport. We would like to hear from all residents, those who are carers, those no longer in a caring role and those who’ve not had any carer responsibilities

If you could take some time to let us know that would be greatly appreciated. The survey is open until Monday 4 January 2021.

Have your say

Shift Click

Free digital training for young people in Stockport

‘Shift Click’ is a new free training programme for young people in Stockport to learn the skills for a role working in digital. There’s support and guidance from industry coaches and experts with guaranteed job interviews for local specialist digital roles on completion of the full programme.

It’s open to any college leaver (even if the college course was not completed) and no qualifications or prior experience are needed, just an interest in learning to code and a commitment to the programme. It’s free for participants and won’t affect Universal Credit claims, but places are limited so candidates should apply now.

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Have your say on a potential new hub in Marple

We are undertaking a survey to find out people’s views on the updated proposals for a new leisure and community hub in Marple. We are seeking the views of residents, workers, visitors, businesses and all organisations in the Marple area. So if you can spare a few minutes to fill in this survey and also share this with others, this will really help us in shaping the next stage of detailed designs.

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Just the Flu

'Just' the Flu?

Last year, over 98,000 Stockport residents were vaccinated against the flu, the highest number ever recorded in the borough. It is important we continue vaccinating as many residents as possible who have the opportunity to have the vaccine.

We’re encouraging health and social care staff to get their flu jab to help protect the vulnerable people they are caring for, by reducing the risk of them bringing the virus into the home and spreading it amongst the residents or service users. Vaccinated staff are also less likely to need to take time off from work due to having the flu, which will help to ease staffing and financial pressures over the winter. Flu in a care home could spread rapidly through unvaccinated staff and residents, leading to a potential outbreak. An outbreak of flu in a care home could prove costly both financially, but more importantly, in terms of health.

Even if you had the vaccine last year, you still need to get a new one again this year. This is because the viruses that cause flu can change every year, so you need a vaccination that matches the new viruses each year. The vaccine usually provides protection for the duration of that year's flu season. This year, those working in Health and Social Care are already dealing with Coronavirus pressures, so it’s key to avoid the flu as well as it can make you seriously ill.

Help to protect yourselves, patients and colleagues with one quick vaccination now.

Looking after your health over the festive period

As winter kicks in Stockport residents who are troubled by minor common winter ailments such as a cough or cold are being urged to contact their pharmacist in the first instance.

It’s also important to think about your health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions early ahead of the Christmas and New Year weekends and bank holidays when some GP practices and pharmacies will be closed. If you or someone you care for requires medicine regularly, it’s important to make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time, to ensure you and your family have enough medicine to last over the festive period.

There’s also lots of mental health support for those who may be spending Christmas alone this year. We know that Christmas can be difficult for many people, as it’s a time when loneliness can really hit home and that this might be heightened this year. You can find information on how to look after your mental health and tips on staying well during these uncertain times.

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Brexit transition – time is running out

If you are an EU citizen living in the UK, you will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, as we will no longer be part of the EU from 1 January 2021. The EU Settlement Scheme protects the rights you currently have in the UK, including access to healthcare, benefits and pensions. Anyone currently living in the UK who is an EU citizen will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. You can find out more and apply here.

If you own a business, there are new rules for businesses from 1 January 2021. To make sure  you’re ready for the end of the Brexit transition, visit the government website.

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