COVID-19 / Coronavirus

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

As the hospital radio station for Banbury, Radio Horton is committed to help promoting resources and local support groups in the wake of Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you would like to see your local service listed here, please contact [email protected] with details.

What is the coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. This strain, covid-19, is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in January 2020.

What are the symptoms?

The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has covid-19 infection:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111 or go to the NHS 111 coronavirus advice website. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

The latest advice and developments on the covid-19 situation can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Radio Horton also recommends you refer to the latest guidance from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and restrictions it has imposed on visits to its hospitals.

What support is available in the local community?

  • Banbury Coronavirus Support Group and the Banbury COVID-19 Support Group for the vulnerable
    Two local Facebook Group networks of individuals and businesses rallying together to provide support for individuals and vulnerable persons in and around Banburyshire.
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  • AGE UK Oxfordshire – Coronavirus Support Service
    AGE UK Oxfordshire are increasing the support it provides to older people and carers by telephone and limiting home visits to essential visits only. They are pleased to be offering a new, free, telephone support service. This will include a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are, to chat and also problem-solve if people are facing practical problems. If you think you would benefit from this service, please phone 01865 411 288 which will connect straight to an answerphone where you can leave your name and contact number.
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  • Oxfordshire Mind – Coronavirus & Your Wellbeing
    The mental health charity for Oxfordshire have provided guidance and advice if you’re feeling anxious or worried about coronavirus, you’re asked to stay at home or avoid public places, for example if your employer asks you to work from home or if you have to self-isolate. This means you avoid contact with other people for 14 days and follow strict hygiene rules.
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  • You Need Blinds, Queensway, Banbury are going above and beyond to help support people in our community. If you know of anybody who may need any help i.e. dropping off shopping or just need a friendly ear on the phone, please contact the store either through messenger or call the shop (01295) 254499.
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  • Volunteer Driver Service North Oxfordshire are looking for drivers to help deliver essential supplies to people isolated by COVID-19. For more details or to apply, click here.
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  • Pets Corner (Oxford North) is offering free home delivery to vulnerable people who can’t leave their homes. Staff will deliver much needed pet supplies straight to your door, free of charge. Just call Pets Corner, Yarnton on 01865 373131 and ask for Cassie if you’re local to the Banbury area.
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  • Castle Cars Banbury
    A Banbury taxi firm is offering free transport to elderly and vulnerable citizens and NHS employees in Banburyshire. To book or for more information, call 01295 270011.
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  • Banbury Masjid Mosque
    Are providing free food packs to vulnerable and elderly citizens in the community. Send your name, contact number and address to 07480 666939 or email [email protected] if you would benefit from this service..