On Sunday 6 June: KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION PLEASE! Roadmap Step 3 relaxations including Rule of 6/2 households indoors are in place. However, we also have ‘the Indian variant’, B.1.617.2, now called the Delta Variant, spreading and if we want to keep these relaxations we must behave properly to stop a spike of infections.
The Delta Variant is in Chelmsford and Essex. Everyone in SWF and surrounds are advised by Essex Public Health to get tested regularly. See our important article at https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/2021/05/18/chelmsford-city-council-area-including-south-woodham-ferrers-surrounds-advised-to-get-tested-because-of-new-covid-19-variant/ . Infections in Chelmsford & Essex are climbing and there is increasing debate about whether or not Step 4 should go ahead in part or whole.
Step 4 relaxations are due not before 21 June and we’ll hear the announcement about that on Monday 14 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. IF WE WANT STEP 4 TO HAPPEN AT ALL WE MUST CONTINUE TO PRIORITISE CAUTION.
SWF Library is distributing free 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 also get them from pharmacies. Lateral Flow Tests are quick and easy to use; see our report about this: https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/2021/04/21/swf-library-to-begin-distributing-self-testing-kits-from-23-april/ .
SWF Health & Social Care Group is working with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since March 2020 we’ve delivered over 7000 tasks. 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 13,339 first dose and 11,968 second dose vaccinations, a grand total of 25,307, have now been delivered at Crouch Vale Medical Centre (CVMC) to SWF and Dengie patients, health and social care workers. CVMC has now FINISHED vaccinating and just once a month is providing small numbers of 2nd vaccinations for those given a 1st vaccine BY CVMC between April-May 2021. 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/ . First vaccinations should be booked online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or on 119.
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 CVMC 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. As patients have been notified, Brickfields and Kingsway Practices will merge as Kingsway Practice on 1 July 2021.
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.
Hands-Face-Space; stay safe, protect our NHS, save lives.