An Update from Us 03.10.2021

On Sunday 3 October: PLEASE KEEP BEHAVING CAUTIOUSLY! Step 4 ‘complete’ relaxations are in force. 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 legally required to self-isolate.

In the last week there were over 240,000 UK Covid positive tests, 5,000+ patients admitted to hospitals and 800 deaths. In SWF during September we’ve had between 33-53 new Covid cases per week. CAUTION! Today isn’t as bad as our worst in January because of the vaccination programme. But Covid continues to spread. Every week we visit new cases where people are suffering badly. Are we taking things seriously enough? Things are expected to worsen as autumn & winter approach.  

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.

We want the relaxations to last as long as possible. We want to safeguard the NHS, education and the economy. PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS AND MAINTAIN OUR STANDARDS OF RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER. Some elective surgery and referral appointments are being postponed. Our ambulance service, GPs and hospitals are under severe pressure.

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 daily data. There’s a time lag of around three weeks from initial infections to hospitalisations, to patients going into Intensive Care and some deaths. It’s good that we have new treatments to 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 8700 tasks.

13,345 Covid first dose vaccinations and 12,197 second doses, a grand total of 25,542, were delivered by 17 July at Crouch Vale Medical Centre (CVMC) to SWF and Dengie patients, health and social care workers. 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.

Covid vaccinations for 12-15 year olds are being delivered by the school-based programme. Booster vaccinations six months after 2nd vaccinations will be by NHS invitation only and similarly for priority patients at very high risk of low immune system; see https://www.essexcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/news/nhs-begins-covid-19-booster-vaccination-campaign/ .

Flu vaccinations have started, also by GP invitation.

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.

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.