As the Coronavirus or COVID-19 Pandemic begins to affect all countries throughout the world, and the government introduces new advice for Social Distancing and Self Isolation, we want to offer a resource for Spiritual Guidance to those who are unable to attend Mass, and those who would like to pray for the current situation, and offer a platform where we can share current news with our Parishioners. Please see Prayer at Home pages for spiritual guidance.
As per the government measures announced on Monday 23rd March 2020, the churches are now closed.
As Fr Jerry will be saying his own private Mass daily, he will still be accepting Mass intentions. Please contact the parish office via email with your Mass intentions.
You can still participate in Masses online by going to https://northamptondiocese.org/live/ where Masses are being live streamed daily. See our News and Newsletters pages for more information.
Self-isolation. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection. If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (a new continuous cough and / or high temperature), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, anyone who develops symptoms in your household must stay at home for 7 days – and everyone else in the household who remains well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Social distancing. All members of the public should remain at home unless necessary (for essential food supplies, medical care, essential work or one form of exercise per day but only in a group if it is with your household). Those who are over 70, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant are advised to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
Shielding. Those who are extremely vulnerable (have organ transplants, specific cancers, severe respiratory diseases, have genetic conditions that increase risk of infection, are on immunosuppression therapies that significantly increase risk of infection or are pregnant with an underlying heart condition) are to remain home at all times and avoid face-to-face contact.
People who have coronavirus-like symptoms are being tested to see if they currently have the virus.Testing has also been expanded to include:
- all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms,
- anyone over 65 with symptoms,
- anyone with symptoms whose work cannot be done from home,
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus that lives with those groups identified above,
Social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) are now being tested, as well as NHS workers and patients without symptoms where there is a clinical need.
From Northampton General Hospital on 31st March 2020:
We have listened to the concerns of family members over the past few weeks and understand their worries when it comes to having a relative or loved one in hospital, while visiting is restricted. We have set up a relative support line so you can check in on the current condition of a family member or loved one.
In order to use this service, you will need to know the patients full name, ward location, date of birth and NHS number where possible. Our team will then take this information and check in with the ward to obtain details on the patient’s condition. You will then receive a call back with this information.
To use this service, please dial 01604 545784.
The line is open on:
Monday to Friday – 9:00am til 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10:00am til 4:00pm
This line cannot be used for advice on upcoming appointments or admissions, advisers will not be able to answer these questions.
From Northampton General Hospital on 27th March 2020:
There are changes to the Blood Taking Unit at NGH. In order to keep patients safe at this time we are redirecting parts of this service to The Three Shires Hospital.
If you require a blood test you will need to contact the hospital to make an appointment on these numbers:
Three Shires will offer appointments Monday to Friday during the following times:
Monday -Friday 9am – 12:30pm and 13:30pm – 17:00pm
If you are a patient of our Maternity Unit they will make arrangements for you to have your bloods taken and you do not need to attend the Three Shires.
If your child requires a blood test the Blood Taking Unit t NGH will be open on Mondays from 10am-11am for paediatric patients only.
From Northampton General Hospital on 25th March 2020:
We are further restricting visiting to our hospital to help to protect our patients and our staff and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
With immediate effect we will not allow any visitors into our hospital. By not visiting the hospital you will help to keep our patients and staff safe and save lives.
The following departments have some exceptions:
- Maternity- one birth partner only as long as they are not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Disney and Paddington wards- one parent or guardian only. No other visitors or siblings.
- Gosset ward- one parent only. No other visitors or siblings.
- Accident and emergency- one visitor only and no children as visitors. Please be aware that if you do bring more than one person with you our teams will ask additional visitors to leave unless there are exceptional circumstances.
- Outpatient and other appointments- If you come to the hospital for any other reason please don’t bring a visitor with you. If it is essential that you have a visitor with you please make sure that you only bring one person and that you do not bring any children.
In the upsetting or difficult circumstance where patients may be at the end of their lives different visiting restrictions will apply. These times are to be agreed at the discretion of the nurse in charge.
If you do need to visit the hospital you must use the hand gel provided or wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. This should be done when you enter the hospital site, when you enter a clinical area and leaving the site.
Please do not visit the site unless you have an appointment or need emergency care.
From Northampton General Hospital on 25th March 2020:
In order to protect our patients, parents and staff as far as we can from the risk of Coronavirus, as of today, 23 March 2020, we have cancelled all children’s outpatient appointments. We will be contacting patients in due course to make alternative arrangements. As you will appreciate, we are very busy, patients should not attempt to contact us as we don’t have the capacity to deal with incoming calls. If anyone has any immediate concerns about their child, they should contact you GP in the first instance.
Call and Care supported by St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP). Many of the most vulnerable members of our community will be confined to their homes for weeks if not months. With no Sunday gatherings or personal contact allowed, they are in danger of becoming really isolated, or even worse, becoming neglected. The “Call and Care” scheme is a simple answer for parishes, bringing together volunteers with those needing some contact or practical help. It has been developed in partnership with the SVP, and with the diocesan safeguarding and data protection offices. During this difficult time for all our parishioners and those in the community, we are here to help in whatever we can. Please text or ring our phone if we can help in any way. Sacred Heart SVP: 07504 465707 or Our Lady & St Anselm SVP: 07568 313234.
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.