NHS: COVID-19 Advice for Everyone

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home


These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Further update information can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Ostley House Dementia Village

THE UK’s first sight loss dementia village, complete with cinema, virtual bus and pub, has officially opened its doors to the public.

Ostley House, which is run by the Barrow & Districts Society for the Blind, has finished its £400,000 expansion plan after five years of planning.

The specially designed village provides patients with the dual diagnosis of sight loss and dementia specialist care in a modern setting which caters for their individual needs.

Plans to extend the facility, which will be called Bradbury Village in honour of its main benefactor the Bradbury Foundation, into a dual-purpose care home have been in fruition since 2014.

Construction officially began in March 2019 following years of discussions and fundraising.

The dementia village consists of a dining room area, cafe, cinema room, virtual bus ride and shop.

Helen Silver, manager of Ostley House, described the expansion as ‘exceeding all their expectations’.

She said: “Our aim was to make Ostley House into a community rather than a care home which I think we have achieved.

ref: NWE Mail: https://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/18105910.uks-first-ever-sight-loss-dementia-village-opens-doors-public/