An update from us

On 24 January, Essex remains in Lockdown3 for COVID-19. SWF Health & Social Care Group continues to work collaboratively with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since 23 March we’ve delivered over 5200 tasks.

On 29 December our local NHS declared a Major Incident due to significant demand on hospitals and social care services across Essex. This continues to be the case as non-Covid related services are seriously affected and hospitals are overloaded with Covid patients.

Terribly sadly, the latest data says that 21 people in SWF have died of Covid between March and December 2020. We offer our sincere condolences to their families and friends.

SWF had 73 new Covid cases in the week ended 17 January, down from the peak of 213 in the week ended 2 January. Thanks to everyone for minimising contact with others to reduce the spread. We were near the top of the country-wide range and rocketed up from 27 new cases in the week ended 8 December.

We must remember the time lag of at least three weeks from initial infections to hospitalisations, and then sadly to patients going into Intensive Care and some deaths. The dangerous national situation continues. Some hospital patients in Essex have had to be transferred to other parts of the country. If things improve here whilst they worsen elsewhere it will be our turn to help the rest of the country.

Do still ring 999 for life-threatening emergencies like a possible heart attack, stroke or a bad accident. Otherwise ring 111 if you need to book an A&E attendance slot at any time or for all other out of hours services. For a Covid test go online to https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test ; only if you can’t book online ring 119.

Covid vaccinations continue to roll out and we’re delighted they have started in SWF, at the mass hub in Runwell and continue at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend Hospitals. Over 3500 vaccinations to SWF and Dengie patients were due to be delivered by this weekend at Crouch Vale Medical Centre. This coming week vaccinations in our area will concentrate on Care Homes and housebound people.

The supply of the vaccines is the limiting factor. The schedule is set by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation. Written Invitations will be sent to patients in order of the published clinical priorities; PLEASE DON’T ring to ask for an appointment.

We provide health & social care support, information and signposting to patients & people in SWF and surrounds, especially those at risk, isolating, staying at home, and without local support. Information is on our website https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/ . Do contact us with queries or comments on swfhealthsocial@outlook.com ; if you don’t have internet access leave a voicemail on 01245 322079 which is monitored daily.

Please Remember; Hands-Face-Space; stay safe & at home, protect our NHS, save lives