Useful Information

During this time when we need to be kept up to date, we hope we can give you useful pieces of information as we find out about them.

P&K public toilets begin opening again from today. The attended toilets in Dunkeld and Pitlochry open today, 03 July and others will follow suit from Friday 10 July.

St Margaret’s Health Centre Update: Face coverings and masks.
We are now asking all patients who are attending the health centre to wear a face covering or mask. This is already a recommendation when shopping and a requirement when visiting hospitals in Tayside. Please put on your face covering or mask before entering the building. 

Supporting Communities Safely: There is an update on the following link giving information of a wide variety of things, including Test and Protect and restarting services.  https://www.scdc.org.uk/supporting-communities-safely

Schools announcement:
P&K announced yesterday that ALL PUPILS are to return to school on MONDAY 17 AUGUST with SELECTED GROUPS attending from 12 AUGUST. Find out more through this link: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/news

‼️Coronavirus Travel Service Update‼️  Docherty’s Midland Coaches The decision has been made to resume all services on Monday 29th of June. With the exception of the Auchterarder Town Service 49/49a which will resume on Monday 6th July.  All services will be operated in full as timetabled and will be equipped with preventative measures to ensure the safety of both our customers and drivers. Customers are reminded that per government guidelines, journeys are only advised as and when essential.  

– Passengers and drivers will be required to wear a face covering at all times (as appropriate)
– To encourage the 2 metre social distancing rules, seats that are marked should not be used (when applicable)
– Hand sanitiser will be available onboard and encouraged for passenger use
– Protective screens have been installed to reduce contact between drivers and passengers
– Cash will continue to be accepted, however, please plan for correct change
– Contactless payments are preferred

We thank you for your understanding during these difficult times and look forward to welcoming everyone back onboard.

For more details on safe travel, government guidance can be found at https://www.transport.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/transport-transition-plan/advice-on-how-to-travel-safely/

Scottish Govt/NHS Test and Protect Here is a link to the  Test and Protect Information

St Margaret’s Health Centre Requests for telephone advice and appointments.
Things are getting busy again at the Health Centre and it would be really helpful if all requests for same day telephone advice and appointments could be made by 10am. All requests for an appointment will require discussion with a GP or Practice Nurse. Any calls received after 10am will be put on for the following day unless it is decided that they are too urgent to wait. This is because most of our medical and nursing staff have booked appointments after 11am and do not have time to take calls after the initial morning phone surgery (which can have as many as 80+ calls on it). Thank you for your support and understanding.

Update on local bus routes.  Whilst we have now entered into Phase 1 of the Scottish Government’s Route Map out of lockdown, there are major operational challenges in providing rural bus services.   The requirement to maintain 2m physical distancing on vehicles means that the passenger-carrying capacity of buses will be very significantly reduced.   As a result, Docherty’s Midland Coaches have decided that they are going to continue the suspension of all their local bus services for another three weeks.  The routes include Services 19, 20, 18, 45, 155 and 49/49A (Auchterarder Town Service)  This will take the suspension up to Monday, 22 June 2020.  Colin Docherty has emphasised however that the situation will be kept under review and any updated advice issued by the Scottish Government regarding the operation of rural bus services, during Phases 2-4, will be considered as a priority. 

Co-op Shopping update

Important update on the exit from lock-down:  click on the link below.

Scottish Government’s Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis

Wellbeing Leaflet  Here is a link to a really useful website www.liveactive.co.uk.  It gives good advice on getting moving again after illness and maintain your health and wellbeing in lockdown. https://www.liveactive.co.uk/at-home-wellbeing

Important Update Docherty’s Midland Coaches   As of yesterday, Docherty’s Midland Coaches confirmed that they are continuing the suspension of all their local bus services for another three weeks.  The routes include Services 19, 20, 18, 45, 155 and 49/49A (Auchterarder Town Service)  This will take the suspension up to Monday, 01 June 2020.  Colin Docherty has emphasised however that the situation will be kept under on-going review.  They will respond to any official advice issued by the Scottish Government regarding the operation of local bus services etc, as and when the lockdown in Scotland is relaxed.

Perth and Kinross Foodbanks  There is an urgent appeal for donations of food and/ or money/vouchers to the foodbanks.  As the lockdown goes on, more families are struggling to feed themselves.  Please consider donating to this essential t support service.  Click on the link to find out how.      https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/21682/Foodbanks-across-the-Perth-and-Kinross-region-are-appealing-for-donations-as-demand-for-their-service-is-rising-?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Scottish Government Helpline This Helpline has been set up to support those in the community most at risk from COVID-19 and without the support of community or friends and family. The Helpline numbers are: National Helpline: 0800 111 4000 P&K Helpline: 0345 30 11100 APC Connect Community Support: 01764 660152 or 07467 793061

Ask-a-friend Cash Scheme Anyone who cannot leave home may be able to ask a trusted friend or volunteer to withdraw cash at any Post Office using a single-use voucher. The Post Office scheme is being extended and offered to all banks, building societies and credit unions. If the bank allows it, someone can ask for a one-time barcode sent via text, email or post for a stipulated amount. A trusted friend or volunteer can exchange the voucher for the cash requested. More information can be found on the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698

Aberlour’s Urgent Assistance Fund This fund can provide cash grants to families with children to cope with the impact of the Coronavirus. https://aberlour.org.uk/urgent assistancefund/

A reminder about staying safe during this time.

*Don’t give your bank details to anyone unless you know them or they come from a reputable service.

*Don’t keep lots of cash in your home

*Don’t be afraid to say ‘No thank you.’ and close your door if you don’t trust the caller.

*If in doubt, call your family or a friend

How can I shop or get deliveries and takeaways safely? Check the link to information from the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-52040138

Also, a useful BBC link for volunteers or friend and family to be able to access your cash if you are self-isolating: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698

Shopping Hints & Tips for Self Isolating Households. Let us know of any shops that will take telephone orders & card payment and or/will deliver. If you have any ideas let us know!

Telephone Shopping Options for Card Payment & Delivery

Auchterarder Coop As from Thursday 23 April the Coop is doing home deliveries via phone calls and taking cash payments at the door. Order on  Thursday – delivery Friday; order on Sunday – delivery Monday; order on Tuesday, delivery Wednesday.  28 items maximum and you should have your list ready.  Vulnerable customers who need to pay by card (maximum £15)  can still place orders via the hotline and will be accommodated. Contact: 01764 664 680

Crieff Coop 01764 654951 They do not deliver to PH3 addresses. Cash on delivery within Crieff and Comrie rea.

Handy Shop, Crieff. Take Switch.  Deliver to PH3  01764 652030   Inc pasta

Allan’s Butcher   01764 662128  Deliver To housebound.  Inc soup, frozen meals

D&D Dairies  Switch   01764 654271  Dairy, cheese, bread, rolls

Alexa Dunlop Fruit & Veg, Auchterarder. No switch. 01764 663724

Davidsons Chemist Auchterarder 01764 663857

Lloyds Pharmacy  Auchterarder 01764 662197

Simply Flo is launching her online ordering and delivery service of Authentic Lebanese Cuisine to help with feeding the nation. For further information on how to do this and see the menu see click the links below: https://www.simplyflo.co.uk/ simplyflogebara@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/simplyflogebara/

Howies Butcher www.thescottishbutcher.com 01764 664 888
Deliveries : The shop will call customers for card payment prior to delivery in order to avoid contact at the doorstep. A charge of £2.50 will be applied to orders under £30.
Click and Collect option: Phone by 4.30pm and collect 2 days later; no collection on Mon.
Customers who are NHS staff members can receive a 10% discount on orders from our local shops. Simply show your ID when paying at the till, or if shopping on Click & Collect, apply the code NHS10 at the checkout and show your ID upon collection.

Gloagburn Farm Shop -01738 840864 www.gloagburnfarmshop.co.uk
Basic pack £15, Favourites £27, meat packs £30.+ £5 delivery charge

Campbell’s Bakery – deliver Thursdays PH3 01764 652 114 Email: info@campbellsbakery.com​ 59 King Street, Crieff, PH7 3HB

David McIntosh Milk 01259 220 333

Alloa Trading Centre, Bruce St, Alloa FK10 1RX. Del Tues, Thurs Inc milk, OJ, eggs, bacon, sausage

168 Topshop  This Auchterarder take-away is reopening on a Thursday-Sunday 4-8pm.  Cash only and phone orders taken Check out their Facebook page for more information:   @168Topshopauchterarder.  Phone number 01764 662297.

www.wildhearthbakery.com
Bakery in Crieff. Deliver PH3 on Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat
Min order £15 and no delivery charge. Invoiced once order confirmed.

Wiltshire Farm Foods will provide frozen farm meals with delivery. The Perth phone number is: 01764 655859 and the website address: http://www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com

Morrisons and Marks and Spencer are doing food boxes. Morrison do a meat or vegetarian box @£35 with enough food for 2 adults for 1 week. Check for further information on: https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/ https://marksandspencers.com/mandsfoo-food-box#

Sainsbury’s have introduced Volunteer E Gift Cards which will allow people who are self isolating or vulnerable to send a voucher to a family member, friend or volunteer that will give them the ability to pay contactessly for shopping if they are picking things up for them. Copy and paste this link into your browser to purchase a card up to £250 value: sainsburysgiftcards.co.uk is the link .   

More shopping availability. Clicking on the link below will take you to a blog giving you loads of information on shopping, not just in and around Auchterarder but throughout the whole Perthhsire area. Some information we already have but many others are worth a look. http://www.gillmurrayphotography.com/blog/quarantine-guide-to-perthshires-local-food-businesses/4362/

Tayside Cares This new website has gone live today with information, assistance and advice for people and businesses in Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus and Tayside during this COVID 19 situation. The link can be found here: http://www.taysidecares.co.uk/

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