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Pop-Up Police Event

Local community officers will be holding pop up police events over the weekend of 19th Jun 2021 to discuss any issues you may have.

Saturday 19th Jun 2021: officers will be outside Garvald Village Hall between 1000-1045am.

 

Garvald and Morham Community Council

The Garvald & Morham Community Council will be holding our next meeting on Monday 7th June at 7pm. This will be a virtual meeting held on the Zoom platform.

If you would like to join our meeting, please fill in the form below to receive the log in details nearer the time. Agenda to follow.

Phillip White
Chair, Garvald & Morham CC

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    Mobile COVID Testing Unit

    Mobile Testing Unit Haddington

    In recent months, mobile COVID-19 testing units have been deployed to various locations around East Lothian. For the first time, a unit will be based and operating out of part of the John Muir House car park from Monday 31st May. Demand for car parking in the John Muir House campus has been lower than ‘normal’

    Testing will be available on both a walk-in and drive-through basis. This means that some parking spaces at the western side of the car park will be coned off on a temporary basis. The one-way system will continue to be in operation.

    The testing unit will be staffed by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

    More information about testing in East Lothian is available on the council website.

     

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    SCHEDULE

    31 May 2021 01 June 2021 2 June 2021 3 June 2021 4 June 2021 5 June 2021 6 June 2021
     

    MTU 1

    PRESTONPANS (CT) PORT SETON (CT) PORT SETON (CT) PORT SETON (CT) DUNBAR (CT) DUNBAR (CT) DUNBAR (CT)
     

    MTU 2

    LONGNIDDRY (CT)

    10.00 – 3.00pm only

    (location of MTU would need to move to the side and the rear of the building)

    WHITECRAIG (CT) WHITECRAIG (CT) WHITECRAIG (CT) TRANENT (CT) TRANENT (CT) TRANENT (CT)
     

    MTU 3

    NORTH BERWICK CC NORTH BERWICK CC NORTH BERWICK CC NORTH BERWICK CC NORTH BERWICK CC N/A N/A
     

    MTU 4

    HADDINGTON

    JMH Car Park

    HADDINGTON

    JMH Car Park

    HADDINGTON

    JMH Car Park

    HADDINGTON

    JMH Car Park

    HADDINGTON

    JMH Car Park

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    Christian Aid Week 2021 – Focus on climate crisis

    10 – 16 May 2021

    This climate crisis hurts us all. But people living in poverty fight the worst of it every day.

    Christian Aid Week

    From drought to flooding, climate change robs people of control over their lives. Extreme weather means people like Rose are struggling to survive without a reliable source of water.

    Your gift could help a community build an earth dam, so when the rains do come, they will have the water they need to live. A reliable source of water will help families withstand long drought or relentless rainstorms.

    Every envelope. Every gift. Every challenge can change lives.

    Christian Aid envelopes will be delivered through your letterboxes over the next couple of days. Please donate whatever you can.  Due to Covid 19 it has been decided that volunteers will not be knocking on your door to collect the envelopes but you can either deliver them yourself to The Old Schoolhouse, Garvald – there will be a collection bucket at the door.

    Or you can donate on-line. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

    Or you can complete the form below asking for your donation envelope to be collected.

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      New COVID-19 Test Centre for East Lothian Residents

      A new Covid-19 testing centre, aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus, opened in Musselburgh on Friday 30th April.

      Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

      By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.

      The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, is located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre. The opening hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm. No appointment is required.

      The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN

      The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.

      People can also order free lateral flow home test kits to test themselves twice-weekly. More information is online.

      Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:

      “The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life”.

      “It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others by self-isolating”.

      “Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus”.

      “We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect

       Q&A

      What happens at the test?

      The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.

      When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.

      The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register.

      You will be directed to a booth where you will get instructions on how to take the test.  Staff are on hand to help. A swab is put into a tube and taken away by a member of staff to be analysed.

      After you have taken the test please return to your home or car and stay there until you receive your test results. Please do not go shopping to carry out any other activities until you receive your test results.

      You will receive your results approximately 45 minutes after you take the test.

      If you don’t have a mobile phone, a member of staff will ask you to wait in a designated area. Please wait here until a member of staff tells you your results.

      What happens if the test results are negative?

      This would mean that you are not carrying the virus at that time but please continue to follow the public FACTS public health guidance and any other relevant protection measures in place in the local area.

      What happens if the test results are positive?

      You need to take what is called a PCR test to confirm your positive test results. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

      Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

      You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

      If your PCR test is then positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the date you receive the result of your PCR test. NHS Test and Protect will then contact you and ask you to identify any close contacts you may have been in touch with. Everyone in your household and any other close contacts will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the date of your PCR test.

      What happens if the test results are void?

      You will need to take what is called a PCR test. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detection infection. You can arrange this through the NHS Inform website:

      Or alternatively by telephoning 0300 303 2713.

      You will be advised to attend for a PCR test at the appropriate location for the local area (this will not be Stoneyhill, which is for asymptomatic testing only). In the meantime, you will need to self-isolate other than to attend for your PCR test.

      How can I get tested if I’m not able to visit the facility in Musselburgh?

      Mobile test units are currently being deployed in local communities. You can take a rapid test at one of the mobile units. View the current schedule here.

      Alternatively, you can also order free lateral flow home test kits test. More information is online.

      What should I do if I do have symptoms of COVID-19?

      As the Stoneyhill facility is for asymptomatic testing only, if you have symptoms of COVID make an appointment elsewhere through the NHS Inform website:

      Self-help guide: Access to testing for coronavirus | NHS inform

      Or telephone: 0300 303 2713

      The phone line is available between 7 am and 11 pm Mon – Sunday

      If you have tested positive for COVID, you must self isolate.

      If you need general advice (not Health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty either:

      Other helpful telephone numbers:

      • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
      • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
      • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

      Pop-Up Police Event – Garvald

      There will be local, pop-up police events on Saturday 17th April 2021:

      Garvald, outside the Village Hall between 1000-1045 hours 

      Humbie Hub between 1115 – 1200 hours

      This is an opportunity for locals to engage with officers, and/or report matters or concerns, without the need to attend at a station.

      PC Colin Boyd

      Haddington and Lammermuir Community Officer

      Haddington Police Station