An Update from Us 22.08.2021

On Sunday 22 August: PLEASE KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION! Roadmap Step 4 ‘complete’ relaxations came into force on Monday 19 July 2021. Last Monday 16 August saw adults double-vaccinated 14 days prior to a Covid contact and children not have to isolate but will be recommended to take a PCR test. Everyone PCR testing positive is still legally required to self-isolate. Another welcome relaxation.

Today’s data reports 21 Covid cases in SWF in the week ended 10 August. It’s good to see our figures starting to drop as has happened elsewhere. 111 for the week ended 20 July was the highest we’ve had since 10 January and was up 83 (from 28) in just 14 days. We were in the worst mess back in January. Today is better because of the vaccination programme. But Covid is still spreading worryingly. Why? In the last week we’ve visited new cases where people are suffering badly. Is it because we aren’t taking things seriously enough? 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, particularly as we get nearer to autumn and winter. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRIORITISE CAUTION AND MAINTAIN OUR STANDARDS OF RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER. Hospitalisations and admissions to critical care in our local hospitals continue increasing. Some elective surgery and referral appointments are being postponed. Our ambulance service is under severe pressure. We need to minimise this as far as possible. We still don’t know how serious flu and respiratory illnesses will be this winter and how bad the pressures on our NHS will be.

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/ .

For the moment we’re continuing to publish 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 continue to be found that improve 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 8150 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, were delivered at Crouch Vale Medical Centre (CVMC) to SWF and Dengie patients, health and social care workers. CVMC has FINISHED vaccinating; 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. We still don’t know what vaccination programmes for flu and Covid will be provided and how they’ll be delivered for the winter

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; 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.

Everyone entering Crouch Vale Medical Centre still 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.