If you require information about options regarding sick notes please check requests for sick notes
If you require information about who should self-isolate, how you do this and how long you should self-isolate for please click here
If you need to book a test please click here
If you want more information about the shielding of the extremely vulnerable group then please click here
If you need information as you have a carer or you are a carer please click here for the Carers UK website.
Community Works is one of 23 Community Support Organisations working with North Yorkshire County Council.
Our advice to anyone self-isolating is to ask for help from family, friends, neighbours and trusted local groups. For anyone who doesn’t have someone they can call on for help and you live in Thirsk or one of its villages, please ring Community Works on 01845 523115 for help with shopping, prescriptions, caring for pets and having someone to talk to. If you live in a different area call NYCC on 01609 780780 Monday to Friday 8am to 5.30pm
What can I do to help?
Wherever possible people who are self-isolating are being encouraged to ask for help from family, friends, and neighbours. We would encourage everyone who can help others to let their family, friends and neighbours know if they are available and what they can do to help.
If you would like to register with Community Works as a volunteer please call us on 01845 524494 during office hours; we have stablished a process to fast-track DBS checks and induction so you can be called upon to help those in our community who need help as and when required.
Young Minds have a great website with help to talk to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
The Go To website has recently been updated with some useful information and resources in relation to coronavirus and children and young people’s mental wellbeing. It will continue to be updated with resources as they are received to help keep young people and families informed.
A new course called ‘Coping during the pandemic’ is now available which includes information on preventing the spread of Coronavirus, advice on managing your concerns & supporting your wellbeing and advice on supporting children and young people. The course is free to access via this link
Long Covid and Post Covid
Long COVID is commonly used to describe signs and symptoms that continue or develop after acute COVID-19. It includes both ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 (from 4 to 12 weeks) and post-COVID-19 syndrome (12 weeks or more). Symptoms often fluctuate in intensity. The following is not an exhaustive list but well-recognised symptoms of long COVID syndrome which persist after the initial 2 weeks of COVID infection can include:
• Extreme tiredness, lethargy/fatigue, pain
• Constantly feeling of inability to catch the breath (air hunger). Breathlessness on moving to perform routine daily activities, chronic cough – as many patients would tend to suffer from bronchial hyperactivity/or postnasal drip post COVID; as with any other respiratory viral infection
• Cognitive issues – often manifesting as Brain fog (difficulty concentrating), headaches
Ongoing muscle aches and joint pains with or without evidence of synovial/joint inflammation. Reactive arthritis is a well-known complication of COVID-19 infection
• Anxiety/or depression
Please ring the Reception Team to request a routine appointment if you wish to discuss the management of any of these symptoms. Please also see links below from organisation who may be able to help.
Your Covid recovery is an NHS website to help you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has produced guidance for return to work for patients with Long-COVID: please click here
Royal College of Occupational Therapists please click here
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy please click here
Adult Cardiorespiratory Enhanced and Responsive Service please click here