On 14 February, Essex remains in Lockdown3 for COVID-19. SWF Health & Social Care Group continues to work collaboratively with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since March 2020 we’ve delivered over 5550 tasks. ‘Roadmap’ announcements from the Government are expected shortly, which will help us all start to plan and prepare for the coming months.
On 29 December our local NHS declared a Major Incident due to significant demand on hospitals and social care services across Essex. That was stood down on 2 February signifying that “the incident has been contained and the health system across Greater Essex is stable and in control”. The rates of [Coronavirus] infection are dropping enabling our NHS to “continue to care for those most in need.”
However, our “health systems are still facing pressures that persist and the threat has not gone away yet. There is still much to be done.” Thanks to the “teams throughout health, care and beyond work[ing] tirelessly in extremely difficult circumstances to begin to turn the tide in our fight against Coronavirus. They need us all to follow the rules so that partners across Essex can keep working together to support delivery of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme.”
SWF continues to see new Covid cases falling with 24 in the week ended 8 February, 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 continue to publish daily and less frequent local data.
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. Our situation has to be taken in the contexts of the regional and continuing serious national situations. Some hospital patients in Essex had to be transferred to other parts of the country. As things improve here whilst they worsen elsewhere it is our turn to help the rest of the country.
There is cautious optimism that some restrictions will be able to be lifted during March if Covid trends continue downwards, no mutant strains increase risks and the roll out of vaccinations continues. Our ongoing ‘good behaviour’ throughout February will be crucial. One benefit is that ‘flu is down 95% at its lowest for 130 years.
Covid vaccinations continue to roll out in SWF, at the mass hub in Runwell, at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend Hospitals, and elsewhere. Despite the bad weather, nearly 7400 vaccinations have been delivered at Crouch Vale Medical Centre to SWF and Dengie patients, health and social care workers. The latest information about local vaccination supplies and clinics is at: https://greenwoodsurgery.com/covid-vaccine/ .
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 ONLY ring to ask for an appointment IF YOUR PRIORITY COHORT HAS BEEN TOLD TO DO SO.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org ; 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.