An Update from us 16.05.2021

On Sunday 16 May: KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION PLEASE! Roadmap Step 2 relaxations including Rule of 6/2 households outdoors in place and tomorrow we’ll have the Step 3 relaxations of 17 May coming in!! However, we also have ‘the Indian variant’ B.1.617.2 spreading and if we want to keep these relaxations we must behave properly to stop a spike of infections.

SWF Health & Social Care Group continues to work collaboratively with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since March 2020 we’ve delivered over 6750 tasks. If we maintain our guard, our discipline and stick to the rules we may stay on track to follow the rest of the ‘Roadmap’.

Step 4 relaxations are due not before 21 June. The research findings and data in the next few weeks will be crucial. 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.

The Office of National Statistics very sadly reported 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 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.

Please see our article about the right ways to contact GPs at Crouch Vale Medical Centre at https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/2021/05/06/reaching-gps-at-crouch-vale-medical-centre/ which was published in Focus Issue 999 of 14 May 2021; don’t ring about vaccinations but email and don’t ring them about hospital appointments but ring the Central Referral Service on 0300 123 0771 or Broomfield Hospital Appointment Line on 01245 123 0771 as the Practices can’t provide hospital appointment details.

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.