An Update from Us 31.10.2021

On Sunday 31 October: DANGER! Complete relaxations are in force, BUT FOR HOW MUCH LONGER? Latest data: In SWF we had 130 Covid cases in the week ended (w/e) 23 October, up 48%+ from 88 in the previous week (p/w). That’s the highest since 8 January. We also have a lot of other bad colds, flu and respiratory illnesses.

In the w/e 30 October there were 286,011 (p/w333,000+) UK Covid positive tests, 1,038 (p/w934) deaths, and in w/e 25 October 6,981 (p/w6,560+) patients admitted to hospitals. SWF and Essex are suffering more than other parts of the country at present.

The vaccination programme is a big help. But are why are people offered vaccinations not taking them? Guidance says: ventilate indoor meetings; wear face masks in crowded & enclosed spaces; get vaccinated; LTF test regularly. It’s not happening and we’re seeing consequences.

The impact: proportionately not as many people are in hospitals or dying but it’s appalling for the thousands of people affected. In our community and country many people are affected and taken out of action, creating shortages and supply problems in so many spheres; crippling activities.

At present: Adults double-vaccinated 14 days before a Covid contact & children in contact don’t have to isolate but are recommended to take a PCR test. Everyone PCR testing positive is legally required to self-isolate.

On 14 September the Government announced Plans A & B for the winter. Choices are now being made about the introduction of restrictions between now and March 2022. Being advocated/considered: wear masks travelling, indoors & and at enclosed activities; socially distance; work at home; re-introduce bubbles; restrictions on gatherings, including perhaps at Christmas.

What do we want? Relaxations to last as long as possible? To safeguard our NHS, education and economy? It’s in our hands? But is it too late? PLEASE REMAIN 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. Some Essex hospitals have suspended all visiting.

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.

Everyone non-symptomatic is advised to test regularly.

SWF Library is distributing free LFT 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 and they can be ordered online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests . Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) are quick and easy to use. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are mainly for people with Covid symptoms. Covid Drive-through testing sites are at Sandon Park & Ride and Blackwater Leisure Centre (Maldon). PCR home tests and appointments can be booked online at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test ; if you can’t order or book online, call 119.

SWF Health & Social Care Group is working with the Town’s GPs & Pharmacists. Since March 2020 we’ve delivered over 9000 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. Great to see so many people using it for 1st, 2nd and booster vaccinations. 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. Third Primary Doses for patients at very high risk from a low immune system and Booster Vaccinations six months after 2nd vaccinations are by NHS invitation only; see https://www.essexcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/news/nhs-begins-covid-19-booster-vaccination-campaign/ . Flu vaccinations are by GP invitation and can also be booked with pharmacies offering this service.

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.

If you need to contact GPs at CVMC for non-urgent or other routine matters please don’t ring but email your practice greenwood.meds@nhs.net or kingsway.receptionist@nhs.net ; please don’t contact them about hospital appointments for which you have been referred 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.