Update on Coronavirus – September 2020
- As at 24 Sept 2020.
New measures have been introduced across the North East, including in our constituency, to try and bring down the rising number of Coronavirus cases. New nationwide guidance has also been introduced, but please note the local measures override those.
Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington & and Sunderland West and Shadow Minister for Veterans has welcomed the new measures in Washington and Sunderland West and across the North East, aimed at curbing the rising cases of Coronavirus.
(Clicking on the above image will take you to guidance provided by the Government on the new restrictions)
Sharon is calling on all constituents to follow the measures, in order to keep everyone safe and ensure that our NHS is not overwhelmed.
Full guidance from the Government can be found here:
Information from Sunderland City Council, including FAQs, can be found here:
‘’I welcome the new measures being introduced, as the rise in cases of coronavirus in recent days has been concerning. The Government must now provide any additional support that our Local Authority needs for improved testing and to support people where necessary.
‘’It is vitally important that everyone follows the new measures, in order to keep us all safe, and protect our NHS.
‘’This will be a challenging time for many people, but I know that we can work together and bring the cases down in the coming days and weeks.’’
Last updated: 26/06/2020
Government guidance here:
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do after 4 July >
Advise links below include:
General health advice from Public Health England >
Some legal advice help pages >
Some NHS and charities Health advice:
Advice from Public Health England is regularly updated here >
Advice for pregnant women from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists here >
Advice at work:
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Support in the community (Local Community Facebook pages):
In the Sunderland North Wards - Castle and Redhill - here >
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Stay at home if you or anyone in your house has coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 14 days if you or anyone in your house has either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell and taste
Do NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
How long to stay at home:
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms
- if you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
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Regarding the news that a Nightingale Hospital will be developed at IAMP in Washington, Sharon said:
“The announcement that a temporary hospital will be developed at IAMP truly brings home the scale of the Coronavirus. It is a sobering thought that this facility will be needed and shows just how seriously individuals and businesses must take this issue.
“This dedicated Coronavirus facility will help save lives and will take some of the pressure off local hospitals, such as Sunderland Royal, South Tyneside District Hospital, the QE in Gateshead and Newcastle hospitals, and ensure that local people are cared for locally.
“My thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones, as well as other individuals who have contracted the virus. I pay tribute to all those working in the NHS who are treating and caring for those with Coronavirus. We all have a duty to help prevent the spread of the virus and that is why I urge everyone to stay at home if they are able to.”
Click on the picture above to read Sharon Hodgson MP's report - News from Westminster - Dec-Jan 2020 number 123
Sharon Hodgson MP's report Oct-Nov 2018 number 109
Click on the picture above to read Sharon Hodgson MP's report - News from Westminster - Oct-Nov 2018 number 109
Click the above image to download the letter
Sharon has received a response to her 31st July letter from David Gallagher, Chief Officer of NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group.
This letter was received after Sharon had sent a further letter to the CCG formally registering her opposition to the CCG's proposals.