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NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is set to open a new Donor Centre in Haringey, which will be dedicated to collecting convalescent plasma, to support the search for effective treatments for Covid-19.
With the UK now amidst a second wave of the, NHSBT is appealing for people who have had coronavirus to donate plasma, as it may contain antibodies which could stop the coronavirus spreading. It can also be transfused to Covid-19 patients whose immune systems are struggling to develop their own antibodies.
The new centre will be located in Tottenham and is expected to open Monday, November 23, 2020.
Don’t chance it, take the test, Haringey’s Director of Public Health urges residents
Haringey residents who suspect they have Covid-19 are being urged not to chance it and take a test.
Dr Will Maimaris, Haringey’s Director of Public Health, said with national restrictions in place, it was a good time to get checked out to help slow the spread of the virus ahead of the festive holidays.
For now, only people who are showing signs of the coronavirus (a fever, a new and constant cough, or a loss of sense of smell or taste) are being advised to book a test.
The Government, which ordered the restrictions after a surge in the number of cases across England, hopes that by taking short sharp action now, the Christmas break can be saved.
Dr Maimaris said: “If we can significantly cut the rate that Covid-19 is spreading then there is a chance the restrictions can be loosened or even lifted entirely.
“One way we can do that is by not taking any chances. If we feel ill, with any of the Covid-19 symptoms, then you should take a test.
“It’s free, it’s painless, it doesn’t take very long, and it’s available for adults and children.
“We have two testing centres in Haringey, one at the Irish Centre in Tottenham, the other at Alexandra Palace and there are lots of slots available.”
He said many people had expressed concern over what was going to happen over the Christmas period.
Dr Maimaris added: “Testing is another tool in our armoury, if someone tests positive they have to self-isolate and so does anyone they’d recently come into contact with.
“It means the virus doesn’t spread, and protects people, our communities and our businesses.
“No one wants this hanging over us, the sooner we can bring the virus under control, the sooner we can get back to doing the things we enjoy.”
Shortly before the national restrictions were introduced on November 5, London’s Covid-19 alert level had been raised from Medium (Tier 1) to High (Tier 2).
The Government decided to skip Very High (Tier 3) when it announced that it was placing the whole country into a new category Tier 4, over concerns that the number of new cases could overwhelm the NHS.
A decision will be taken on what alert level London will be placed in when the national restrictions end on December 2.
Haringey now has two operational testing centres within the borough:
The Irish Centre, Pretoria Rd, Tottenham, N17 8DX
Alexandra Palace, Paddock Car Park, Hornsey Gate, Alexandra Palace Way, N8 7HP.
You can book a test by calling NHS 119 or make an appointment by clicking here (external link).
In line with Government guidelines, residents are encouraged to avoid travelling where possible, unless travelling for legally permitted reasons (external link) such as for work, education or to care for someone. If you must travel, please consider active travel, such as walking or cycling.
If travelling on public transport, you must wear a face covering (external link), and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England unless you are exempt. Whilst travelling, please ensure you are following social contact rules (external link), keeping your distance where possible and washing or sanitising your hands regularly.
You must not travel if you have coronavirus symptoms or if you have been told by the NHS Test and Trace service to self-isolate (external link).
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