An Update from Us 19.09.21

On Sunday 19 September: PLEASE KEEP PROCEEDING WITH CAUTION! Roadmap Step 4 ‘complete’ relaxations came into force on 19 July 2021. From 16 August adults double-vaccinated 14 days prior to a Covid contact and children in contact do not have to isolate but are recommended to take a PCR test. Everyone PCR testing positive is still legally required to self-isolate.

There were 53 Covid cases in SWF in the week ended (w/e) 6 September since when it’s fluctuated; latest is 45 w/e 13 September. CAUTION! That’s up from our recent lowest of 20 for the w/e 17 August. We had 111 cases in the w/e 20 July, our highest since w/e 10 January. We were in the worst mess back in January. We’re better off now because of the vaccination programme. But Covid continues to spread worryingly again. Why? Every week we visit new cases where people are suffering badly. Is it because we aren’t taking things seriously enough? Reliable estimates say it will worsen as autumn approaches. It’s good to see many people in and around SWF still behaving responsibly.

We all want as much of Step 4 of the Roadmap’s relaxations to last, particularly as we get 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 and GPs are 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.

On 14 September the Government announced Plans A & B for the winter. Choices will be made about the introduction of restrictions between now and March 2022 depending on cases of Covid, flu & respiratory illnesses. How we behave will make differences to this one way or the other.

Everyone in SWF and surrounds are advised by Essex Public Health to test regularly. See our 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 continue to publish 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 8550 tasks. PLEASE remember those staff and volunteers still supporting those in need and whilst no longer clapping, please don’t hinder or abuse us.

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 FINISHED vaccinating on 17 July. SWF 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.

More news is expected shortly about how the Covid vaccination programmes for 12-15 year olds and boosters will be delivered. Flu vaccinations have started. They are by GP invitation; there may be some delays to the deliveries of supplies.

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 CVMC 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.