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Coronavirus Information – HWCP
Contact us on +44 (0)117 903 8044

Coronavirus Information

As this is an ever changing situation keep checking this page for updates.

The @symes Community Building and Library will remain closed until 21st June 2021 at the earliest.

The CATT Community Bus has resumed at a reduced service, call for more details: 0117 377 3451

We are working hard to make the building safe for the community we serve. We hope to be back open as soon as possible.

Please email reception@hwcp.org.uk for further information or use our Contact Form

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. Please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for full up to date guidance.

3rd June: Latest Updates – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

17 May: What’s changed – latest updates

As of Monday 17 May, Bristol has taken another step to easing #COVID19 restrictions. This means:

📽️ Indoor entertainment and attractions can reopen

🍺 Hospitality venues can serve seated, indoors and outdoors

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 People can meet indoors as a group of six, or two households

See the full list of updated guidance at: COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 (Summary) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Vaccines, over 70 & people who are CEV

Book a vaccination appointment today – over 70s and shielded patients

Local appointments are currently available for people who haven’t yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, and who are:

  • Over 70 years of age
  • Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and of any age (this means you’ve received a letter at some point asking you to shield due to a health condition

You no longer need to wait to receive an invitation letter if you’re in these groups. Getting vaccinated is your best protection against the virus, and the NHS is encouraging all eligible people to make a vaccination appointment without delay.

How to book your appointment

If you would like an appointment at a doctors’ surgery close to where you live, please call your local GP practice or visit your practice website to discuss your options.

If you would like to book an appointment at Ashton Gate stadium or a pharmacy location, please use the national book system online or call 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm.

Getting to your appointment

There are a range of travel options available to help you get to your vaccination appointment, including NHS transport and the CATT Community Bus (see below). Please talk to your practice about this if travel is an issue for you – vaccination at home is available where clinically necessary.

You can find out more about vaccine safety and effectiveness here: COVID-19: Mass vaccination – Healthier Together (bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk)

Need transport to get your vaccination?

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the CATT Community Bus has suspended transport for shopping until further notice and will be providing transport for vaccinations.

You do not need to be a member of CATT to receive this service.

We are currently providing a service to the following clinics:

  • Hartwood Healthcare
  • Hillview Family Practice
  • Lennard Surgery
  • Grange Road Surgery

Please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate. However, should you not be a patient of any of these surgeries, we can put you in contact with the relevant transport provider.

Please call the CATT office: 0117 377 3451

BBC TV Education Announcement

Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

You can always RECORD the episodes to view at a later date/time. Full story here: https://www.bbc.com/mediacentre/2020/bbc-launches-biggest-education-offer-ever 

BS13’s response to COVID-19

Tier 3 – Translated video messages from Bristol City Council – Click the YouTube link below


A new drive-through mobile testing unit has opened at Hengrove Leisure Park. It will be operating on an appointment-only basis and is open daily from 10:30am to 3:30pm

In addition to this site, there are two other mobile testing units at Portway Park and Ride and Brislington Park and Ride and two local testing sites at Netham Park and at the rear of Victoria Rooms. Please note, there is a 2.1m height restriction at both Park and Ride sites.
If you have any of the coronavirus symptoms, including a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you must book a test on nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.
If you do not have a vehicle and are unable to get to a testing site, you can order a home test on the same website you would book a test.

NHS Test and Trace Support Payment

In September, the government announced a new package to support and enforce self-isolation.

From 28 September 2020, individuals with low incomes will be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Scheme payment of £500 if they are required to self-isolate. In order to qualify for this payment they must meet the following four criteria:

  • Have been told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, either because they have tested positive for coronavirus or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive
  • Are low paid employed or self-employed
  • Are unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
  • Are currently receiving Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.

The council can also make discretionary payments of £500 to those who don’t receive one of the qualifying benefits, but are on a low income and could suffer financial hardship as a result of not being able to work.

The council opened applications on Monday 12 October but payments can be backdated to 28 September.

Please visit bristol.gov.uk/testandtracepayment for more information and to apply

Coronavirus self isolating

You should self isolate if:

  • You have been advised to shield by a health professional.
  • You are vulnerable for another reason, (for instance, due to disability, pregnancy, aged over 70, you have a long-term condition such as Parkinson’s or epilepsy, or are vulnerable due to a mental health condition.
  • You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms, or you’ve been in contact with someone who has.
  • You have been instructed to self isolate by the ‘Test and Trace’ service,  because you’ve been near someone infected.
  • You are self-isolating ahead of planned hospital care.
  • You have been instructed to self-isolate following entry into the country.

If you are instructed to self-isolate and do not have access to the internet to order shopping on-line, support could be arranged by contacting:

  • We are Bristol – 0800 694 0184 – self-isolating only.
  • NHS volunteer responders  – 0808 186 3646 until December 2020.
  • www.gov.uk

How to protect yourself:

  • You must wear a face covering by law in some public places, unless you have a face covering exemption because of your age, health or another condition.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone outside of your household.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, or hand sanitizer if soap and water not available.
  • Stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people as much as possible.
  • Ask friends, family or neighbours to pick up shopping and medicines for you.


  • The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell.
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).

To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.

If you have any of these symptoms, please arrange a test for yourself.

Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.

Only call 119 if you cannot get help online.