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To all RAMC Association members:

Dear Friends,

As it may be some months until we meet again I would like to wish you and your loved ones well and please stay safe.
Please see below some simple advice which you may find helpful. I have already sent out a note giving my contact details.

We will beat this together, 'Steadfast in Adversity'.





As self isolation and social distancing come close we need to take stock locally on how we can care for ourselves and each other. Many are in the high risk groups particularly our senior members.

Have I got it?

The symptoms have been very well described but in summary key symptoms are fever with high temperature and hot to touch on chest and back with repeated dry cough. However sometimes shortness of breath, fatigue, aches and pains, sore throat, headaches are experienced. Many of the 'sometimes' are what many seniors live with anyway.

What should I do?

Follow all the advice given and try not to panic. Avoid crowds. List what you need to do to be able to stay at home eg getting medicines and food shopping and see if others can do it for you. Also if staying at home remember to keep active and mobile, move every 15 minutes or so and exercise if you can. Keep your mind alert with books, crosswords and some TV. Catch up with friends by phone for conversation. What about a de-clutter ready for Spring?

I'm over 70 should I self isolate (stay indoors)?

The Government are now advising this will be recommended soon for all but essential needs. It is not legally enforceable (as yet) but is good advice so be prepared for your life to change.

Ask yourself is it really essential for me to go out or travel? Be particularly careful if you have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or COPD as you are at increased risk. We are all different but do ask friends, family and Assoc mates for assistance.

What about seeing my family and friends?
This is a matter for common sense and so long as you are careful you can have contact but avoid close contact, keep that 2m distance and wash those hands. Current advice is not to attend large gatherings, pubs and clubs

What about food buying and my medicines?

Panic buying of food is not the answer for any of us but do keep your stocks topped up.If you cannot get to the shops there will be others who can go for you. Get your help in place. The same applies to your medicines.

How can I help my friends?

Practically if you are at lower risk and stay healthy then offer to help as above. Contact our more senior members (but only if you are sure you are not infected) and ask if you can help. Keep a safe distance of 1-2 metres, when the door is answered and find out what is needed. Keep your hands clean on returning items. Be aware of what else might be offered by community groups locally and share. For those more technically minded setting up a Whats App group which can keep everyone socialised or a Friends Group on Facebook as virtual friends.

If you are in the high risk group don't be alone . Keep in touch; for some self isolation will mean social isolation.
Branch Secretaries should have contact details of all their members that they can share (we have to be realistic DPA wise here) to help make this happen but all those able to in the Branch can also help. The Secretary and Welfare Adviser cannot reach everyone. Even if you only a group of three or four that will help.

What about NHS care?

The NHS is there for essential use only as capacity will be really stretched in the coming months. Advice is not to go to your GP, Pharmacy or Hospital if you have symptoms, but to self isolate.

Where can I find out more or get help?

The are are many sources but the key ones are NHS

Alternatively look at NHS111 on line

for advice and assessment if feeling unwell but only call if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.

Please distribute widely , keep following government public health guidelines and look after your friends by phone,text or email.

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