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Visiting restrictions at Hull’s hospitals

in response to new variant

Visiting at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill is being restricted to exceptional cases only from this week to reflect global concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is stopping all visiting to patients except specific cases approved in advance by senior ward staff as national and international concerns mount over the increased transmissibility of Omicron.

Visiting will only be allowed for exceptional cases which must be agreed in advance with senior nursing staff such as patients at the end of their lives and patients with dementia or learning difficulties.

Birthing partners will be able to attend when a woman is in labour, to visit antenatal and postnatal wards and to attend antenatal appointments such as scans. One parent will be able to visit children in our paediatric wards and both parents as co-care givers on the neonatal intensive care unit.

All other visiting will be halted from tomorrow (Wednesday). All visitors who are given permission to attend must take a lateral flow test (LFT) before attending and confirm they have done so when attending the ward. A LFT should be taken before every such visit.

Chief Nurse Beverley Geary said: “Our duty must be to the patients in our care and we must do everything we can to protect them from the threat of Covid-19.

“We know the vast majority of the public understand that our patients are already vulnerable and catching the virus could have very serious – and indeed deadly – consequences for them.

“We are not introducing this step lightly. We know it distresses relatives and the patients themselves when they can’t have visitors.
“But we must do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to address the risk of this specific variant until the world understands more about the danger it poses.

“We thank the public in advance for their understanding and reassure them that restrictions on visiting will be eased as soon as we are sure our patients will be safe.”

In response to the Government’s tightening of restrictions, face masks must be worn by all staff, visitors and patients on hospital grounds as well as when they enter any hospital building.

All members of the public should stay away from hospital if they are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.


Road and path improvements worth £200,000

to be carried out in Cottingham

Road and path improvements worth £200,000 are due to get underway in Cottingham this month.

The investment is being made by East Riding of Yorkshire Council and work is due to begin in South Street, Cottingham, on Monday (8 November).

The work is expected to take seven weeks to complete, weather permitting, and will be carried out by council contractors PBS Construction (NE) Ltd.

Path improvements will begin first on weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 9.30am and 3.30pm from 8 November to 14 December, under temporary traffic lights.

Road patching works will then be carried out on weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) between 6pm and 11pm, from 6 December to 17 December.

While the road scheme is happening, a temporary road closure will be in place, with a diversion route via Thwaite Street, New Village Road, Northgate, West End and Baynard Avenue.

Local traffic will have limited access through the sites during the evening works to ensure the safety of road users and the workforce.

Access will be maintained for residents, business owners and the emergency service, however drivers will need to keep vehicles off the road to allow for the improvements.

The council and its contractors will be consulting with the affected local businesses and residents.

Adam Holmes, head of infrastructure and facilities at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Although delays are likely during the works, the improvements are necessary I would like to thanks residents and motorists in advance for their patience.”




Cottingham Open Gardens Celebrates Its Return

The gardeners of Cottingham are trimming their hedges and pruning their lawns for the return of Cottingham Open Gardens on Sunday 27th June.

The Open Gardens will run from 10am with almost 20 gardens opening their gates to the public in support of Dove House Hospice. The event raises £12,000 annually for the hospice with gardens promising something for everyone with plenty of inspiration, beauty to be viewed and fun to be had! Each garden offers something different and it’s a fantastic opportunity for residents to show what the ‘largest village in England’ has to offer.

Entry programmes are priced at £4.00 per adult with accompanied under 16’s being free. Programmes shall give entry to all of the gardens and each garden shall have a variety of entertainment, music, afternoon teas, plants for sale and lots of other things taking place to help raise proceeds for the hospice. Programmes are now on sale at the Dove House Hospice Charity Shop in the centre of Cottingham, The Duke of Cumberland, Barkers, and King William. Programmes can also be purchased from individual gardens on the day of the event.

Lists of the gardens will be displayed around Cottingham and the participating open gardens will be identifiable by balloons outside the houses.


New Real Time Passenger Information Screens at Cottingham Green

Two of the busiest bus stops in the East Riding will now benefit from real time bus information thanks to new information screens installed by the council. The screens are situated on either side of the road at the busy Cottingham Green bus stops.

Using a signal sent directly from the bus, they predict the arrival time and display this information to waiting passengers, meaning passengers will be able to check with greater accuracy what time their bus will arrive. They can also display messages if there are delays or road closures affecting bus services. This versatile system will allow accurate and up-to-date bus information to be provided to residents in Cottingham.

north_bound.jpgDuring the pandemic, the screens will play an important role in displaying up-to-date timetable changes as services are revised during the lockdown to reflect lower passenger demand. The screens will be instrumental in getting messages out to the general public, displaying the most up to date COVID-19 safety guidance and tier status for our residents. This will be an ongoing process and the displays can be changed quickly, keeping up-to-date with the most recent guidance.

They join the other real time passenger information screens recently installed by the East Riding at Beverley and Bridlington bus stations. All the screens are capable of displaying on-screen advertising alongside bus timetable information, giving local businesses and organisations the chance to promote their messages to passengers waiting at both bus stops.   

Colin Walker, group manager of transportation services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Having seen the success of the screens at Beverley and Bridlington bus stations, plus similar screens elsewhere, we are delighted to have completed the installation of the screens at Cottingham Green.

“We know how important it is to keep passengers as up-to-date as possible when using the bus services so we hope the new screens are a real benefit to the bus users coming in and out and through Cottingham. Given the positive response to the screens we hope to roll them out to more locations around the East Riding in the future, allowing more of our residents to benefit from this information.”



Skidby Mill volunteers need material to commemorate

the 200th anniversary of the mill – can you help?

skidby_mill.pngEast Riding of Yorkshire Council’s museums team are looking for photographs, documents and stories ahead of a special exhibition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Skidby Mill later this year.

Said Dr. David Marchant, museums registrar with the council:  “Our volunteer team are currently hard at work researching events both local, national and international that took place in or around 1821, the year that Skidby Mill was first constructed. The main focus of the display, however, is to look at some of the events in the mill’s history over the past 200 years and to tell the stories of some of the people who worked there. To that end, we’d like to find more photographs, newspaper clippings, artefacts or just stories about relatives that relate to the mill.

“Our last exhibition sadly had to be virtual only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the mill is currently closed to the public under government restrictions. However, we are very much hoping we can open this display to the public in May. Otherwise, we will put the display on our website initially and open physically at a later date.

“Due to current restrictions on visiting sites, material needs to come to us by post or digitally at present. Whilst we are happy to receive donations, if people would prefer to loan items then we can copy photographs/documents and return them in the post.”

The display is due to open in the first week in May and will last for 12 months.

Dr.David Marchant can be contacted on 01482 842889 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Covid 19 Testing information, and links to referral portals

In the fast moving situation regarding Covid 19 and  the related testing eligibility, we in the Covid 19 Testing cell wish to share the following information with you as an employer.  We also want to make you aware of the links which can be used to access either the Employers Referral Portal or the Self-Referral Portal in relation to staff being able to get access to one of the testing routes. The following links gives all information around eligibility for testing and ways of accessing a test.  This link is updated each time there is a change, so can be referred to on a frequent basis.


1   Self-Referral

For individuals to refer themselves


2   Employer Referral

Employer Referral Portal (see attached guidance document)


Employers wishing to gain access to the portal in order to refer staff should email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coronavirus Testing Helpdesk:   0300 303 2713

For help & advice:  www.gov.uk/coronavirus-get-tested


Residents urged to cut back hedges and trees to avoid causing obstructions

East Riding residents are being reminded to trim their own private hedges and trees which overhang paths and roads to prevent them from causing an obstruction.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement team said overgrown vegetation can become a nuisance or even a danger to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers if it overhangs, obstructs or blocks visibility on the public highway.

This is a particular problem for individuals with prams and pushchairs and people in wheelchairs, who need a clear pathway of adequate width to pass.

Visibility for traffic around junctions is also especially important, so any vegetation which obscures traffic signs or blocks street lights needs to be maintained by regular trimming back.

Last year the council dealt with 280 reports of overgrown vegetation.

It is hoped that a reminder to residents will reduce this number, prevent accidents and help keep the East Riding looking tidy.

The streetscene enforcement team will first approach residents with a polite request to trim overhanging vegetation but, if no action is taken, it can serve a 14-day notice requiring the work to be carried out.

If all warnings are ignored, the council will do the work itself and recover all expenses from the resident.

The council is not able to offer this as a service to residents. The cheapest solution is for residents to cut back the greenery themselves, ask someone they know to do it or employ a gardener.

The council’s grounds and forestry teams trim vegetation on council and public land.

Councillor John Barrett, portfolio holder for operational services, said: “It’s important that paths and roads are kept clear for everyone to use without any obstructions.

“Overgrown hedges and branches can force pedestrians out into the road and can even cause injuries to people.

“So home-owners, tenants and land-owners need to be aware that the responsibility lies with them and we are encouraging them to take appropriate action if they own overgrown foliage.”


Dog owners warned over bogus microchipping websites

Dog owners updating their pet’s microchip details online are being warned to check the website they are using is genuine after a number of bogus sites have been discovered.

The bogus sites came to the attention of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dog warden team after they issued a notice to a dog owner informing them they were breaking the law as the details on the microchip were not up to date.

The owner informed the dog wardens they had paid around £15 to update the details via a website found online via a search engine.

Enquiries were made which showed the owner had made a £15 payment to a website claiming to update microchip details but the changes had not been made.

The information was passed to the council’s trading standards team who, after further investigation, discovered there are a number of websites in operation claiming to update microchip details, taking a fee and then failing to make the necessary changes.

The law states that all dogs must be microchipped and the information kept up to date otherwise the owner could face prosecution and all dogs must be registered on one of the Government-approved databases:

Councillor Shaun Horton, portfolio holder for community involvement at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “All dog owners have a responsibility to keep the details on their dog’s microchip up to date.

“In this case, the owner thought they had done the right thing by updating the details online but had fallen victim to a bogus website.

“So not only did they lose the £15 fee and were almost prosecuted but they are also leaving themselves vulnerable to identity fraud as they would have put all their personal details onto this website which could compromise their own security.

 “There are a number of bogus websites in operation so I would urge all dog owners to be vigilant and to make sure any sites they are using are approved by the Government.”

For more information go www.eastriding.gov.uk or www.gov.uk/get-your-dog-microchipped


Don't give thieves an easy ride!

POLICE are urging motorists to remove all valuables from their vehicles and to think about the security of their vehicles when preparing to leave them unattended.

The warning has been sparked following a number of incidents reported in the West Hull villages over the last month.

Valuable items such as satellite navigation systems (sat navs) and handbags are popular among thieves as a vehicle can be broken into in a matter of seconds and such items snatched before the broken glass has settled.

It is vital that valuables are removed, or kept well out of sight of prying eyes and cars are left secure.

Inspector Andy Woodhead said: "We are urging motorists to make sure they remove all valuable items and any clues, such as sat nav brackets and holders from their vehicles when leaving them unattended - the slightest temptation can be enough for a thief to break into your car or van.

"We are asking motorists to work with us to ensure that we don’t give thieves an easy ride.”

Police are offering the following crime prevention advice to motorists:

* Always keep your car doors, windows and sunroof locked when you leave the vehicle, even if you only leave it for a few minutes

* Never leave property of any kind on view. Items particularly attractive to car thieves are: SatNav’s, mobile phones, laptop computers, bank cards and cash

* If you have a SatNav, remember to remove suction pads, and wipe away any tell-tale marks as thieves will look out for these

* Don't leave anything in your car, particularly when it is parked overnight. Even an old coat on the back seat is a temptation for someone to ‘smash and grab’

* During the day hide items you cannot take with you in the boot

* Don’t park vehicles were they are hidden from view; where possible park in a car park with an attendant or CCTV, garage or in a well-lit open place

Anyone who may have information about the vehicle crimes are asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222, or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on
0800 555 111


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