Clap for our Carers: Join in national applause for NHS staff and share your videos

A national round of applause for doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff takes place tonight. Details within

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At 8pm tonight (Thursday) people around the nation will be heading out onto their balconys, into their gardens or standing at their windows to join in the ‘Clap for our Carers’ campaign.

The campaign is asking for as many people as possible to join in a round of applause to thank all doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists and other NHS staff working putting their lives on the line to help those affected by Coronavirus.

Share your videos and photos
If you live on a busy street where your neighbours are expected to come out into their gardens or onto the pavement to join in the applause (practising social distancing, of course) send in your videos or photos and we can add them to a gallery.

Over 500,000 Brits volunteer to help NHS
Over half a million people in the UK have volunteered to help the NHS in its fight against Coronavirus, double the government’s recruitment target.

Volunteers will take on tasks like collecting shopping, medicine or other supplies for those self-isolating, providing patient transport and phoning those in self-isolation regularly. Another task would also potentially be delivering medicines to pharmacies or transporting medical equipment between NHS services and sites.

If you want to volunteer sign up via the Good Sam App, but in the meantime, don’t forget to join in tonight.


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Government Covid-19 guidance: Stay home and stay safe
Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently (video tips).

Social distancing
It is recommended that you maintain at least a two metre gap (about 6.5ft) from people who are not from your household.

Seeking advice
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service that can tell if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

If you live alone stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
– a high temperature
– a new continuous cough

If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

The Government has decided that the NHS will not be testing people who are self-isolating with mild symptoms.

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Thursday, 26th March, 2020 8:49am

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