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DIY catheter unblocking. That was fun too, especially when I found that I could squirt water in but not get it back out! :)
 

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Has anyone else registered with UK Biobank had an email that starts like this?..........................


We are writing to seek your help to undertake urgent research on COVID-19 in UK Biobank.
"With your help we can gather vital information about the spread of the coronavirus that will help guide the next steps that we take to contain it"

Professor Sir Patrick Vallance, UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Thanks to your participation and the data that it already holds about you, UK Biobank is at the forefront of health research and is in a unique position to enable scientists to carry out ground-breaking research into the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we could do much more with your help.

Over the next few months, we would like to collect blood samples and information from you that will provide researchers with vital data about the extent of previous infection in different regions across the UK. This information will help in managing the COVID-19 pandemic and a safe return to normal life.

How you can help
If you would like to help, you will be sent a kit for taking approximately 10 drops of blood (around 0.5ml or one tenth of a teaspoon) from a finger-prick every month for at least 6 months. Each sample will need to be mailed to our laboratory, where it will be processed and then tested for coronavirus antibodies (which show that a person has been infected with the virus at some time in the past).

The information sheet tells you more about what is involved, including why we would also like you to ask your children and grandchildren (if you have any) to consider joining this study, if possible. To check your contact details and register your interest, please log into the UK Biobank participant website using your PID
 

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Mrs. J received the e-mail but as they wouldnt give her the results she didnt reply.
 

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Managed to get a test kit from Gov site for wife this morning, so should be here in 48hrs and she should have any results quickly (save waiting 14 days isolating) and then i have 2nd test within a week.

Also my daughter ordered 2 for her and her son as she is key worker, just to keep her mind at rest.
 

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That's a shame, but Bio bank never give the results so a bit of a surprise.
5 ml is a lot of blood. We test daily with a fingerprick test for T2 blood sugar levels, but it only requires a 'full stop' amount.
 

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5 ml is a lot of blood. We test daily with a fingerprick test for T2 blood sugar levels, but it only requires a 'full stop' amount.
Same here, I wonder if it is available on line (without subscription as I am thrifty).
 

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Considering that on our busiest day we made 54 deliveries this was a quiet week at the Hub, just 82 deliveries in all. Perhaps the supply to those who need it is improving, a strange feeling being pleased that soon we may be running out of work. In case it is of interest, here are this weeks stats....


Statistics Saturday. The team achieved the next big milestone this week having driven in excess of 20k miles. Thats equal to Southampton to Auckland and back as far as Bahrain.
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I don't often sympathise with the government but while they are doing their best to save lives, too many others are taking not a blind bit of notice....

Today, the promenade and beach here were packed and too many groups of all ages were obviously sticking two fingers up at social distancing. It seems that this is turning into no more than an extended paid holiday.
If the media show too many scenes such as this, the government will be giving serious consideration to ending salary support and sending everyone back to work.

On today's evidence, I wouldn't blame them.
 

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I don't often sympathise with the government but while they are doing their best to save lives, too many others are taking not a blind bit of notice....

Today, the promenade and beach here were packed and too many groups of all ages were obviously sticking two fingers up at social distancing. It seems that this is turning into no more than an extended paid holiday.
If the media show too many scenes such as this, the government will be giving serious consideration to ending salary support and sending everyone back to work.

On today's evidence, I wouldn't blame them.
It was interesting watching the paparazzi crowding around Dominic Cummins. They were demanding answers on why he had broken the rules and yet there was probably no more than a few centimetres separating them let alone two metres. Obviously the press are allowed to work to different guidelines.
 

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From Governmnet guidance updated 22 May 2020:
Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.

One of the problems of the Government position with regard to Cummings is that it has become harder to say who is in the wrong as the idea of "spirit of the rules" has been blown away.
 

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Yep it wouldn't take a Poirot to tear that statement to shreds.
Absolutely no independent evidence to back it up.
Can here it in court now call Mother Father Sisters Wife.
Prosecutors first question
Are any of you related to the defendant?
I rest my case.
 

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From Governmnet guidance updated 22 May 2020:
Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.

One of the problems of the Government position with regard to Cummings is that it has become harder to say who is in the wrong as the idea of "spirit of the rules" has been blown away.
I wasnt making a judgement on Cummings one way or the other. What I could see was the irony of the paparazzi outside Cummings house with their faces almost touching each other. If they saw someone else doing that it would be all over the papers.
 

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My point was that the behaviour of people whether they be the press or people gathering on beaches and parks is difficult for the Government, or anyone else, to now criticise. It is all very well to appeal our sense of "duty", a word that has been used by Ministers a lot recently, but when you make a major point of defending the actions of someone who acted legally but arguably not setting the right example, it looks very like hypocracy. The irony if there is any is that the press are acting as legally as Cummings did but that doesn't make it the right thing to do.

There will be a second wave of Covid-19 that will likely now be worse than it could have been because key messages are undermined and the PM is not strong enough to turn things around and any complaint about stories in the press being untrue from a Government led by BJ would be irony. Expect some big Government announcements to try and grab back the news agenda but as far as many people in the country are concerned they can now act as they themselves see fit in relation to the risks as they see them and they take no responsibility for the consequences. It's not "right", but that's what I see going to happen. Stay safe.
 

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More and more Care Homes are returning the PPE delivered to them. There are two sources of supply, from the Government (which is in shortage) and that purchased by Hampshire Council. Hampshire Council have used their own money and are charging the average cost for these items, which means that in some cases they may be loosing money. Delivery (by 4x4 Response is within 48 hours, (the same day by us)).
The first three deliveries are free regardless of source, then from the fourth delivery purchased stock is charged for, which is made clear at the time of request (see below)

We will endeavour to fulfil your order, based on current criteria, from our current PPE stock. Once submitted, your order will be reviewed by the triage team prior to being processed at the warehouse. Please note we will try and complete your order using government or donated PPE equipment. There is no charge for these items. If there is insufficient stock, we will do our best to supply you with PPE which has been purchased by Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Local Resilience Forum. The cost of this purchased kit will be charged to you based on the average cost of the items supplied.

It tends to be the larger multi location Care Homes that are being "cute", one uses different names and locations to give the impression of being a new request. There are many small genuine homes but I suppose in all walks of life you get those who are out to make a fast buck.

The number of requests is falling quite sharply so hopefully that means things are improving in the supply chain rather than "no more freebies so I don't want them".
 
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