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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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Message from Emma Tatman Office & Benevolence Manager

Inline with the Government's and MOD's direction, the Army Medical Services Benevolence Office (RAMC, RAVC, RADC & QARANC) will be in and out of the office in the coming weeks. If you wish to contact me if I am out of the office, please use the following email address:

Dear Colleague,

A bit like the frequency of London busses, you wait a long time then no sooner have you received a letter from me than another turns up. RHQ RAMC has concluded that both the Annual Service at the National Arboretum at Alrewas and Corps Sunday have to be cancelled due to a number of factors, not least the corona virus pandemic. The consequence of this for us is that the Association’s AGM on 6 May is now postponed and the church service, parade, including our standard bearers, and the lunch on 21 June will not now occur this year.

As far as the AGM is concerned, we would need to find a way of completing this for constitutional reasons at a later date and I am exploring to what extent we can conduct it ‘virtually’ with proposals and papers circulated around Branches with decisions and approvals made by postal or email vote. We may be able to reconvene formally when the epidemic in UK has waned but, of course, the timing of that is currently mere guesswork.

I would be grateful if you would share the contents of this letter with the Branches you represent on the Executive Committee.

Alistair McMillan
Chairman RAMC Association

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has asked me to convey his best wishes to all your members, staff and volunteers while we enter this unprecedented period of uncertainty and worry. He is very much aware of the concerns that your people will have at the moment as this pandemic develops and would want you to know that you are all very much in his mind.

Alistair McMillan
Chairman RAMC Association

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Following discussion with Col RAMC, Rep Col Comdt, National Chairman RAMC Assoc and Rep Sgt Maj we announce the following

  • March : Assoc Exec Committee meeting at Camberley postponed
  • April & May :Turning of the Pages Westminster Abbey both cancelled (age group at risk, travel to London and concerns raised by Westminster Abbey)
  • May: Annual Service at National Memorial Arboretum and Assoc AGM cancelled (age group, concerns raised by NMA)
  • June: Corps Sunday Service and Lunch Cancelled (other factors affecting this cancellation)

Other planned meetings in Robertson House for April will go ahead subject to day to day advice from RMAS, please note that they may be subject to late cancellation.

Please be assured that we will continue to update all our people regularly and that monies already expended on events above will be reimbursed.

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