An Update from Us 09.05.2021

KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION PLEASE! Roadmap Step 2 relaxations including Rule of 6/2 households outdoors in place! The Government is set to announce about Step 3 relaxations due on Monday 17 May!! This article shortened this time as ALSO PLEASE SEE OUR ARTICLE ABOUT HOW TO CONTACT GPs AT CROUCH VALE MEDICAL CENTRE.

SWF Health & Social Care Group continues to work collaboratively with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since March 2020 we’ve delivered over 6650 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 4 relaxations due not before 21 June.  

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. 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 very sadly reports 1 more death from Covid of a resident in SWF registered in March after the 11 in January and 12 in February. 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 bereaved families, friends and colleagues.    

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 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. 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 now delivered at Crouch Vale Medical Centre to SWF and Dengie patients, health and social care workers. Latest information about GP vaccination supplies and clinics is at: https://greenwoodsurgery.com/covid-vaccine/ . SWF also has the mass vaccination hub at Tylers Ride. Latest information about all mass vaccination centres and hospitals is at:
https://eput.nhs.uk/news-events/coronavirus/coronavirus-vaccine/ .

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.

SWF Library is distributing self-testing kits 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: https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/2021/04/21/swf-library-to-begin-distributing-self-testing-kits-from-23-april/ .

Ring 999 for life-threatening emergencies. 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 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 swfhealthsocial@outlook.com ; 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.