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Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from Kingston Council

An update on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation from Kingston Council.

Kingston Stronger Together

The power of kindness is needed more than ever during these unprecedented times and we are immensely proud of how our borough has come together to support one another during COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Almost 1000 people have already registered to volunteer with Kingston Stronger Together and residents have been paying tribute to our heroic key workers right across the borough. 

Local people have not only been clapping for the NHS and carers every Thursday, but they have been busy baking for them too! A big thank you to residents in North Kingston for kindly baking goods for the wonderful staff at Kingston Hospital.

We would also like to thank everyone for leaving pictures and notes of appreciation out for our refuse collectors, businesses for their generous food donations, and retailers for donating Easter treats and tech to our care homes.

We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our community and have created a Facebook frame to mark all of your tremendous support.

To add our 'Kingston Stronger Together' frame to your Facebook profile picture hover over your picture and select 'add frame' or visit www.facebook.com/profilepicframes and search 'Kingston Stronger Together'. Select 'use as profile picture' to save. 

For further information or if you require assistance, or know somebody who does visit: kingston.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Thanks again Kingston - we truly are stronger together! 

Emergency Decision Making Arrangements

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the council, in the interests of public safety, took the exceptional step of cancelling all formal committee meetings until 11 May.

However, we are keen to maintain democratic process and ensure openness and transparency in our decision making, and plan to re-introduce collective decision making by Councillors in Committee as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so.

Legislation has now been passed that allows us to hold remote meetings and we are working to ensure that a robust and safe way of holding such meetings is up and running as soon as possible.  

This will include finding the best way to ensure public access to the meetings. Testing of potential solutions will commence shortly and it is hoped that a modified schedule of meetings will be able to resume, remotely, in May. 

Read our full statement on emergency decision making arrangements.

New Pledge to Support Ambulance Services

Nearly 200 members of the armed forces are being loaned to NHS ambulance services to support their work during the pandemic, the Ministry of Defence has said. Personnel from all three strands of the armed forces will be sent to work at five ambulance trusts. Although their responsibilities will vary depending on the area, the new duties will include driving ambulances and taking calls from the public.

In London, 21 medical personnel from the armed forces will form 10 critical care transfer teams to transport patients who need to be moved between intensive care units.

Members of the armed forces have helped with the response to the outbreak in a variety of ways. Military personnel were involved in the planning and building of the first NHS Nightingale hospital at the ExCeL exhibition centre in east London, as well as its equivalents across the country. 

Armed forces personnel made up of 39 drivers and 63 drivers' mates have also been trained to fill and transport oxygen tankers to NHS facilities.

Our Commitment to Care Homes

Kingston Council, along with all other London boroughs, are doing all they can to make sure care home residents are kept safe and supported at this difficult time.

Boroughs are working closely with all care homes in their communities and helping them to address pressures resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, such as staffing levels and access to suitable PPE supplies. 

Boroughs are supplying care homes with PPE and offering training to care home staff on PPE use.

Following the government’s package of Covid-19 funding support, London boroughs have increased the resources available to local care providers to deal with these pressures.

Boroughs are holding daily calls with care home providers and checking to ensure the well-being of care home residents is continually monitored. Boroughs will keep working with Public Health England and other partners to support appropriate responses to any coronavirus outbreaks in their local care homes.