HEALTH authorities in West Lancashire have teamed up local councils, voluntary organisations and the emergency services to make a joint plea asking residents to stay home.
Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s unprecedented instruction for everybody to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus and “protect the NHS’s ability to cope - and save more lives”, a joint statement was released by NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, Virgin Care, GP colleagues, GP Federation, Virgin Care, West Lancs Council of Voluntary Services, Lancashire County Council and the emergency services.
The statement says: “We speak to you, our residents, with one voice as the family of health and wellbeing services in West Lancashire. The NHS in West Lancashire, be that the hospital, our GP practices, our district nurses, our specialist nurses, our therapists, our care homes, our pharmacists and our commissioners are, together, working around the clock to keep you safe and keep you well.
“Alongside our friends and partners in local government, social care, emergency services and the voluntary and faith sector, we are making this plea as we need you to help us to help you.
“Please stay at home.
“Please consider every social contact you have. Is it truly essential? Please consider every visit to the shops? Do you really need to go or can you manage with what you have ?
“We don't underestimate how hard it is to not see or hug your friends and family, particularly in such challenging times.
“We wouldn't ask you to do this if it wasn't essential. We wouldn't be asking our staff to change their roles if it wasn't essential. Businesses wouldn't be being told to close if it wasn't essential.
“But it is.
“It's essential to keep you safe, it's essential to keep the people you love safe and it's essential to keep others safe.
“But if you do get ill. We are here for you. We will care for you. We will do our very best.
“BUT please do your bit to help us now.
”Please stay at home.”
In his national address PM Boris Johnson said the Government was ordering the closure of shops selling non-essential goods and other premises where people congregate, as well as putting a stop to all social events except for funerals. Mr Johnson said people would only be allowed to leave home for a very limited number of reasons, namely:
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
- one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
- any medical need
- to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
-travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
“Each and every one of us is now obliged to join together,” the Prime Minister said, “To halt the spread of this disease. To protect our NHS and to save many many thousands of lives.”
(Picture – Ormskirk Hospital.)