This webpage is being compiled by volunteers living in Queen Edith’s. It is just one small way to keep us all informed – and safe.
Keeping up to date on the UK public health guidance and health advice about the new coronavirus
- UK Government’s Coronavirus home page: has links to current guidance and advice. This changed around 11 May 2020.
- The NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for everyone
Our local newspapers are doing a great job, and newsagents are still delivering if you want to organise something with your local shop (e.g. Cherry Hinton Mini Market on Cherry Hinton Road, near Rock Road; and the Daily Store on the corner of Cowper Road).
You can also read the online edition of the Cambridge Independent free of charge for the time being.
- Community-sourced news about Queen Edith’s is being published in a daily email from the Queen Edith’s Community Forum. You can see previous issues here and you can sign up to go on the circulation here.
Council information and services
- Coronavirus: NHS and government guidance
- Coronavirus: Changes to our services
- Coronavirus: Help for communities
- Coronavirus: Community group contact details
- Coronavirus: Information for businesses
- Coronavirus: Useful links
- Coronavirus: Glossary of terms
- Coronavirus information for residents
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Beware of Coronavirus scams
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Community support
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – update to county council services
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) – supporting businesses
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) campaign materials
NHS Test and Trace programme in Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire County Council has a web page about the NHS Test and Trace programme launched by the Government which you can read here. It includes a link to a six-page leaflet called A guide to NHS Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which you can read here. If you have neighbours and friends who are unlikely to see this online, they might appreciate a printout if you could deliver one.
Other national information sources
These resources can also be useful:
- Age UK: information and advice. Tips about helping older people and wellbeing. National Age UK advice line: 0800 055 6112. Free: 8am to 7pm every day.
- Community Action Response – from a group of organisations including Eden Communities, Nextdoor, Neighbourhood Watch and the The National Lottery. The handy poster was on our initial ‘Happy to help’ leaflets.
- Childline: Call 0800 1111. ‘Whatever your worry, we are here for you’.
- Doctors of the World: advice in translations into 20 languages.
- Every Mind Matters from the NHS, including
Mental wellbeing while staying at home. Recommended by NHS 111.
- Friends Against Scams – from National Trading Standards. Clear information.
- Mencap’s easy read guide.
- Neighbourhood Watch guide to protecting the isolated and vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Coronavirus infection and pregnancy guide from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, recommended by NHS 111.
- Deaf health charity SignHealth’s coronavirus videos.
- World Health Organization’s Mythbusters – really useful for understanding some of the rumours on social media
- Queen Edith’s own “Happy To Help” scheme This is part of a network of schemes in each electoral ward of the City.
There are also people working in groups to make healthcare workers’ scrubs, scrub bags and face masks. This is one local one: Connection Through Crafting Scrubs. with several people in Queen Edith’s active in it.
Although the following are co-ordinated nationally, most will work at the local level:
- Trussell Trust (Foodbanks) are recruiting nationwide.
- Volunteering Matters: “over 80 UK volunteering programmes to help communities turn local knowledge and energy into action and progress”.
- Do-it: national matching of people to volunteering, including coronavirus-related.
- Reach Volunteering: “Our skills-based volunteers support charities as trustees, on short term projects or with an ongoing commitment.”
- NHS Volunteer Responders (via GoodSAM).
- The Red Cross is also recruiting Community Reserve Volunteers: no specialist skills are required and quick training is provided at the scene.
- COVID Symptom Tracker – citizen science from good academic groups. Your daily update of symptoms, or not. It will help map the UK epidemic.
- Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust: Your donation will aid the wellbeing of staff through this difficult time, provide vital equipment needed to support the Intensive Care Unit and much more.
- Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund
- Cambridge Foodbank
- Cambridge United’s Here For Us
- Support Cambridge Junction (you can also become a member or buy a gift voucher)
- Help your hospital appeal
- Wintercomfort’s wish list on Amazon.
Local faith groups
They provide a lot of support to our community in general, often by older volunteers, and their finances can be rather fragile. They have had to change the ways they work. St James church is the host to Queen Edith’s Food Hub on Saturday mornings.
- The Church of England guidance.
- Friends Meeting House, Hartington Grove
- Orthodox Church of St. Athanasios, 154 Cherry Hinton Road
- Rock Baptist Church, Blinco Grove
- St James, Wulfstan Way
- St John the Evangelist, Hills Rd
- Queen Edith Chapel, Wulfstan Way
Local health services
- What to do about medical appointments including seeing your GP, dentist or optician is a good guide from Which? that includes:
- Doctors appointments
- Hospital outpatient appointments
- Attending A&E
- What to do if you need a dentist
- What to do if you need to see an optician
- Hearing aids and audiology
These are our local pharmacies, which are working hard to support us all. They have good social distancing measures now and can also offer deliveries, including with local volunteers.
- Numark Pharmacy on Cherry Hinton Road. Telephone 01223 517073
- Boots further down Cherry Hinton Road. Telephone 01223 247567
- Kay’s Chemist at Wulfstan Way Shops. Telephone 01223 242687
Check our recent daily email newsletters for the latest opening times.
The NHS, including primary care is under a lot of pressure at the moment – and we all want to keep their staff safe and available for the most needy people. Most appointments are by phone now. Check their websites for up to date information.
Hospitals have a ‘no visitor’ policy now – do check their websites for details about any exceptions.
- Addenbrooke’s Hospital stops all visits to protect patients and staff.
- Royal Papworth Hospital.
- Healthwatch is a really good source of information generally.
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