COVID-19 News

Please note, South Stoke Parish Council has a Facebook page releasing all news items relating to the residents of South Oxfordshire, please use this as a valuable resource for many more pieces of news then we are able to usefully load on to this page.  You do not need to be a member of Facebook to see this, please just click on this link and you will be able to see all the items.

We understand some parishioners may feel Facebook is not the correct conduit to get information out to the residents.  Unfortunately, most of the information is coming to us via social media (Facebook and Twitter) so is therefore very easy to reshare on a Parish Council page directly, this ensures the information is up to date, relevant and most importantly accurate.

Below are some important pieces of the latest news.

Parking Charges return across SODC and VOWH from 8th June 2020.

NHS staff and care workers who display the official HM Government COVID-19 parking pass can continue to park for free. To claim a pass, they need to contact their employer who will issue a permit to park in all council car parks.

Message from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Oxfordshire’s Patient Care during Coronavirus programme is asking experienced practice nurses to join the teams in our dedicated COVID-19 clinics across the county.

If you are not currently working in one of our Oxfordshire practices but are interested in helping care for patients during the pandemic, please complete this quick availability survey and we will contact you. Thank you and please share this link with your networks

Prescription Process in the Parishes of Goring and Streatley

The communications group set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the villages of Goring and Streatley have created 2 documents to help the residents navigate the current processes regarding the asking for and collecting of prescriptions.

There are two versions of the document:

These documents are particularly relevant to those who have street champions collecting their prescriptions for them, but it also details the current timescales relevant to all parishioners collecting prescriptions during this time.

SODC Recommence Bulky Waste Collections

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have reopened their paid-for bulky waste collection service for large household items and are also issuing a warning about fly-tipping while other outlets for domestic waste remain closed.

With household waste recycling centres still closed, along with charity shops and their donation banks, there are fewer places to dispose of unwanted items that do not fit into kerbside collections.

The councils have issued a warning to anybody tempted to fly-tip –  this includes leaving rubbish next to litter bins – that they will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.

Bulky waste collections

It is a paid-for service costing £40 for up to three items – and £8 per additional item, up to a maximum of six items.

As the council offices are currently closed to the public, at this time we can only take orders online using credit or debit cards for payment.

Examples of items collected:

  • furniture (such as sofas, chairs, and tables)
  • televisions
  • washing machines
  • mattresses
  • fridges and freezers – household only (not ones made for commercial use.

The council cannot collect any type of commercial waste or DIY waste.

Register for SSEN Priority Service

SSEN have contacted the Parish Council asking us to make the residents aware of their priority service.  Please register online.

Or fill in their postal form: SSEN-Priority-Services.

News update from Oxfordshire County Council

New coronavirus clinics to help patients across Oxfordshire

Praise for Oxfordshire’s inspirational care teams care teams.

New hotline for diabetes patients during COVID-19.

Health and well-being services affected during the coronavirus:

There are a range of well-being and health services that are affected during this period. If you need to find out about services such as: support to quit smoking, sexual health clinics and weight management sessions, please click here.

Local information about services affected during the Coronavirus:

Updates about critical frontline services such as fire and rescue, waste collections, highways and children’s social care.

For information and updates about other services.

Current Advice 11:40am, Saturday 11th April.

ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY – Royal Berkshire Hospital

If you have an accident and it is a minor injury that you would normally go to an A&E department for, you MUST NOT go to the RBH. Please go to either Townlands Hospital in Henley or Thatcham Community Hospital.

If you have a major injury CALL 999. You will be taken to separate A&E departments at RBH or the John Radcliffe.

The main A&E department at the RBH is ONLY for people who suspect they have COVID-19

Oxfordshire residents have been warned to be on their guard against criminals and scammers exploiting the coronavirus situation.

Some scammers are claiming to be charity workers, offering assistance with shopping, or requesting donations.

Here are some tips from our Trading Standards team on how to check charity workers are genuine (graphic attached for social media and websites):

How to check if they are genuine:

  • Check the charity’s name and registration number at Most charities with an annual income of £5,000 or more must be registered.
  • Make sure the charity is genuine before giving any financial information – it’s ok to decide not to give on the spot. Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and be careful when responding to emails or clicking on links within them.
  • Exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, for example, to donate online. Visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
  • Contact or find out more online about the charity that you’re seeking to donate to or work with, to find out more about their spending. Ask a trusted friend, neighbour or relative if you are unable to research this or need a second opinion.
  • Ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company.

Full details and advice from our Trading Standards team here:

Oxfordshire County Council Message

Please do not light garden fires during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

As well as the danger of the fire spreading uncontrollably, there are people in the community living with serious respiratory problems, which could be made much worse if the sufferer is exposed to smoke from bonfires.

Instead, please compost your garden waste where possible, and stack or bag up rubbish for disposal when the current emergency is over.

Thames Valley Police Message 

Regarding Coronavirus incidents, please remember:
📞 101 – if a group is breaking social distancing guidelines and the incident is happening now.
💻 Report online – anything else relating to COVID 19
☎️ 999 – if a life is threatened or a crime is in progress (as usual)

Visit our advice page:

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