An update from Us 25.07.2021

On Sunday 25 July: PLEASE KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION! Roadmap Step 4 ‘complete’ relaxations came into force on Monday 19 July 2021.  

Today’s data reports 111 Covid cases in SWF in the week ended 20 July; that’s the highest we’ve had since 10 January and up 83 (from 28) from just 14 days ago. We were in the worst mess back in January. Today is better because of the vaccination programme. But Covid is spreading ‘like wildfire’. Why? Is it because we aren’t taking things seriously enough? Also many are being ‘pinged’ and having to isolate. It is good to see so many people in and around SWF still behaving most responsibly.

We all want Step 4 of the Roadmap’s relaxations to last. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRIORITISE CAUTION AND MAINTAIN OUR STANDARDS OF RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER. Hospitalisations and admissions to critical care in our local hospitals are increasing. Some elective surgery and referral appointments are starting to be postponed. We need to minimise this and get to 16 August when contacts of positive cases will no longer have to isolate as changes can be made to the present contact tracing rules.

Everyone in SWF and surrounds are advised by Essex Public Health to test 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/ .

We’re back to publishing the local data daily. 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.

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 7850 tasks. Every day we see people who are suffering with Covid and its effects on their families. PLEASE remember those staff and volunteers still supporting those in need and whilst no longer clapping, please don’t hinder or abuse us.

A magnificent 13,345 Covid first dose vaccinations and 12,197 second doses, a grand total of 25,542, 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 its last clinic was on Saturday 17 July to provide the last small number of 2nd vaccinations for those given a 1st vaccine AT CVMC in May 2021. SWF also has the mass vaccination hub at Tylers Ride which operates from time to time. 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.

Brickfields and Kingsway Practices merged as Kingsway Practice on 1 July 2021. See our article about this at https://swfhealthsocial.co.uk/2021/06/30/brickfields-and-kingsway-surgeries-patient-notice/ including their updated contact details.

From Monday 19 July onwards everyone entering Crouch Vale Medical Centre has to wear a mask (unless medically exempt), sanitise and maintain safe social distancing. The one-way system around and out of the building continues to be in place. If going there please be prepared. All NHS premises are expected to maintain similar requirements.

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.