Update from us

Essex & SWF are suffering badly; we’re in Tier 3 for COVID-19. SWF Health & Social Care Group continues to work collaboratively with the Town’s Pharmacists & GPs. Since 23 March we’ve delivered over 4600 tasks. We’re very concerned at the serious increase in cases of this terrible virus. SWF has had a dramatic rise from 27 new cases in the week ended 8 December to 52 cases in the week ended 13 December. Daily updates are being posted on our website. Our NHS struggles to cope and non-Covid related services in our local hospitals are now badly affected.

Roll out of Covid vaccinations has started and is great news. The limitation is supply of the vaccine. The independent Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation advises on the schedule. Selected hospitals and GP groups best able to reach large numbers of the prioritised patients have started and others including SWF’s GPs will follow in turn. Some SWF over-80s have already been vaccinated at a hospital. Invitations will be sent in order of clinical priorities, which have been published; we can’t ring and ask for an appointment.

The future is promising but the present situation is grim. We’re providing health & social care support, information and signposting to patients & people in SWF and surrounds who are at risk, isolating & staying at home, and are without a local support network. For information about health and social care issues try our website https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/ . If you have queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on swfhealthsocial@outlook.com and if you don’t have internet access leave a voicemail on the Chair’s work line 01245 322079 which is monitored daily.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should! Please Remember; Hands-Face-Space; stay safe, protect our NHS, save lives. We wish everyone as Happy a Christmas as possible and hope 2021 will bring better times in due course.