An Update from Us 02.05.2021

On Sunday 2 May: KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION PLEASE! Roadmap Step 2 relaxations including Rule of 6/2 households outdoors in place! SWF Health & Social Care Group continues to work collaboratively with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since March 2020 we’ve delivered over 6600 tasks. If we maintain our guard, our discipline and stick to the rules the Prime Minister says we’re on track to follow the rest of the ‘Roadmap’; Step 3 relaxations due not before 17 May.  

The Roadmap predicts the cautious lifting of further restrictions if Covid trends permit, no mutant strains increase risks and the roll out of vaccinations continues. An excellent Public Health blog “Protecting ourselves and each other as we move out of lockdown” explains how the easing of restrictions can work if we follow the rules to keep everyone safe. Warnings are being made about the danger of another peak after 21 June unless everyone continues safe behaviour throughout the summer.

The Office of National Statistics published on 22 April the number of deaths due to Covid-19 between March 2020 & March 2021 (with new data for March). Very sadly this reported 1 more death from Covid of a resident in SWF registered in March after the 11 in January and 12 in February. We’ve been helping people in the surrounding areas and they have suffered too: West Dengie had 0 deaths in March (6 in January, 5 in February); Danbury & Bicknacre had 3 deaths in March (11 in January, 7 in February); Rettendon & Runwell had 1 death in March (11in January, 6 in February); our most sincere condolences go to all the bereaved families, friends and colleagues. We hope there will be very few more such deaths this summer.   

The health system across Greater Essex is stable and back under control. Until mid-March Mid & South Essex Hospitals continued to experience pressures in extremely difficult circumstances; bed capacity was managed albeit with some transfers between hospitals and occasionally further afield such as to Addenbrooke’s; emergency & clinically urgent surgery continued throughout the last wave as did diagnosis and treatment of cancer; non-urgent elective surgery and outpatient work has now recommenced.

The threat has not gone away yet. There is still much to be done. Thanks to the NHS and care teams working tirelessly in extremely difficult circumstances the tide in our fight against Coronavirus has turned at present. We all need to continue to follow the rules so that the Essex health & care partnership can keep working together to support delivery of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme and return delivery of the whole health and welfare system.

New SWF Covid cases have now fallen consistently to less than 6 in recent weeks, down from the peak of 213 in the week ended 2 January. We continue to publish daily and less frequent local data.

Please remember the time lag of around three weeks from initial infections to hospitalisations, to patients going into Intensive Care and some deaths. We know some people we’ve been supporting are infected and a few are in hospital. It is good that new treatments have been found, during the last year, improving recoveries.

Covid vaccinations continue in SWF. A magnificent 13,215 first dose and 6,008 second dose vaccinations have now been delivered at Crouch Vale Medical Centre to SWF and Dengie patients, health and social care workers. The latest information about GP vaccination supplies and clinics is at: . SWF is also privileged to have the mass vaccination hub at Tylers Ride, along with those at Runwell, Rayleigh, Chelmsford, at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend Hospitals, and elsewhere. The latest information about all mass vaccination centres and hospitals is at: .

The supply of the vaccines is the limiting factor. The schedule is set by the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation. Invitations are being sent to patients in order of the published clinical priorities, with instructions about how to book appointments; PLEASE ONLY book online or ring to ask for an appointment IF YOUR PRIORITY COHORT HAS BEEN TOLD TO DO SO.

We are also delighted that SWF Library began distributing self-testing kits on Friday 23 April. So whenever the Library is open (Tuesdays 0845-1900, Wednesdays 0845-1300, Thursdays 0845-1730, Fridays 0845-1730 & Saturdays 0900-1700; closed Sundays & Mondays) you can collect Lateral Flow Tests which are quick and easy to use; our report about this is at: .

A separate article about the best ways to contact SWF’s GPs will be published tomorrow.

Do 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 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) Covid test go online to ; 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 . Do contact us with queries or comments on ; if you don’t have internet access leave a voicemail on 01245 322079 which is monitored daily.

Hands-Face-Space; stay safe, protect our NHS, save lives.