Communications & Volunteering2020-09-11T17:08:26+01:00

Can you help with local Vaccination plans?

The Midhurst Angels are now pulling together a plan that will see a small army of volunteers taking part in the Vaccination programme, providing assistance to people arriving at the centre and making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

Once up and running this could be a 7 day a week operation so we need a lot of pairs of hands. If you think you can help or have any questions regarding what would be expected, please get in touch by emailing midhurstangels@outlook.com

You can also find them on Facebook and for latest news visit www.midhurstangels.co.uk

 

January 10th, 2021|Categories: Communications, News|

Covid-19 Response

Chichester update 

January 2021 

COVID-19 vaccination programme in Chichester District 

The vaccination programme for the Chichester District has started and we want to provide you with an update on where we are up to and what is likely to happen over the coming weeks. 

We also have frequently asked questions available on the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/ 

How is the vaccination programme being delivered? 

There are a number of ways in which the vaccination is being rolled out to our communities: 

A GP-led vaccination service is where most people living in the district will currently receive their vaccination. At the moment, each area has been allocated one site, but in the case of the district, there are four sites – which is great news for residents and means that the vaccination can be given to as many people as possible as quickly as possible. 

Hospital hubs – local hospitals across the country have begun giving the vaccine to people over 80 who are attending for a planned appointment and frontline health and care staff. St Richard’s Hospital began providing the vaccination in this way this week. 

Roving service – the vaccine will be taken into care homes and into people’s own homes if they cannot attend a vaccination site. This is being stepped up over the coming weeks as more supplies of the vaccines become available. 

Large vaccination centres – each county will have one large vaccination centre which will be able to give the vaccine to large numbers of people. The large vaccination centres that will service Sussex are currently being finalised. 

What has been achieved so far? 

 St Richard’s Hospital hub has started vaccinating health and social care workers, along with patients attending their appointments. 

 A GP-led vaccination service in Pulborough has started to deliver the vaccine for patients in the North of the District. 

What is the next stage? 

From next week, the COVID-19 vaccination programme will be further expanded across the district. This means that everyone over the age of 80 living in the area will receive a vaccination in a phased way. 

 Two GP-led vaccination services based in Selsey Centre and Tangmere Village Centre. They will start to provide vaccinations for people over the age of 80 who are registered with GP practices in the south of the district, including those who live in the city. These sites are currently undergoing their final checks and have been given delivery dates for the end of the week. Both sites will start vaccinating as soon as they have their deliveries including over the weekend. 

 In addition, a GP-led vaccination service at Riverbank Medical Surgery in Midhurst will be launched for residents in the North of the district in the coming weeks. 

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What is a GP led vaccination service? 

GP-led vaccination services are run by groups of local GP practices working together to provide the vaccination to patients across their area. 

The way in which GP vaccination services are delivered has been agreed at a national level and as mentioned above, each area is typically allocated one GP-led vaccination site. The Chichester District will have four GP-led vaccination sites, two that are in the north and two that are in the south. This is to ensure that the vaccination can be given to as many people as quickly as possible. 

What about those who may find it difficult to get to a vaccination site? 

We recognise that some people will have to travel further than others to get their vaccination, depending on where they live. We understand this will pose a challenge for some people, particularly those who are vulnerable, and we are looking at how they can be supported to get their vaccination in the safest possible way. 

It is important to highlight that attending a vaccine appointment is an acceptable reason to leave the house during lockdown, including accepting a lift or accessing community transport. We are working with the GP practices to make community transport details available for those who need it. 

Will the roll out affect how quickly I access the vaccine? 

No.The timing of when you receive your vaccine is largely based on the availability of the vaccine and the priority group that you are in.The national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) decides the priority groups and have advised that the vaccine should be first given to people over 80, people who work in care homes and health workers. 

Would city centre locations be more suitable vaccination sites and why aren’t other locations being considered? 

As soon as we started to make plans for the COVID-19 vaccination programme we began exploring where we could offer the COVID-19 vaccine to our patients in Chichester District. 

The sites need to be able to accommodate large numbers of people on a daily basis (at least 300 a day.) We also need space for people to wait for their appointment and be monitored for a short while after their vaccination. 

The site also needs to have internet access, IT and facilities to be able to carry out the vaccination safely and in line with government guidance. 

In the early stages of our planning, the Chichester GP practices agreed that their own surgeries would not be appropriate. This is because they could not provide the vaccination programme on behalf of all GP practices from one site, alongside their individual day to day support for patients. 

We have received incredible support from our communities and our partners with helpful suggestions of locations. However, the tight criteria meant that other sites, some of which were more centrally located, were not suitable. 

It was also important that we had long term access to the site, as the vaccination programme is likely to continue for months over the course of this year. 

When will I be contacted about the vaccination? 

We are asking all patients not to contact their GP practices, as they will not be able to book appointments. People will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Initially this is being done by phone, but alternative arrangements will be made for anyone who is not able to speak on the telephone. 

Initially, those identified as being in Priority 2, will be invited to a GP-led vaccination site. Please note that separate arrangements are being made for those in Priority 1. 

The eligible cohorts are: 

 Priority 1: Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults. 

 Priority 2: All those 80 years of age and over, frontline health and social care workers. 

 Priority 3: All those 75 years of age and over. 

 Priority 4: All those 70 years of age and over, those clinical extremely vulnerable individuals over 16 years old. 

 Priority 5: All those 65 years of age and over. 

 Priority 6: Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at risk group. 

 Priority 7: All those 60 years of age and over. 

 Priority 8: All those 55 years of age and over. 

 Priority 9: All those 50 years of age and over. 

Where are the locations of the GP-led vaccination sites and which patients will go where? 

There will be four GP-led vaccination services covering the populations living across the Chichester District: 

 Selsey Centre 

 Tangmere Village Centre 

 Pulborough Medical Group 

 Riverbank Medical Surgery 

These will be offering appointments over the coming weeks to patients who are registered at the following GP surgeries: 

Selsey Centre and Tangmere Village Centre will offer the vaccine for patients registered at: 

 Cathedral Medical Group 

 Langley House Surgery 

 Lavant Road Surgery 

 Parklands Surgery 

 Selsey Medical Practice 

 Southbourne Surgery 

 Tangmere Medical Centre 

 Witterings Medical Centre 

Pulborough Medical Group is offering vaccinations for patients registered at: 

 Pulborough Medical Group 

 Loxwood Surgery 

Riverbank Medical Surgery will be offering vaccinations for patients registered at: 

 Riverbank Medical Centre 

 The Petworth Surgery 

This is a rapidly changing situation and more sites are likely to be added across Sussex over the coming weeks. 

Where can I find out more information? 

Please visit our Sussex Health and Care Partnership website https://www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/keepsussexsafe/sussex-covid-19-vaccination-programme/faqs-about-the-covid-19-vaccine/ 

January 9th, 2021|Categories: Communications, News|

National Lockdown – Latest Update from West Sussex County Council

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Latest COVID-19 figures

Keep West Sussex SafeNew national restrictions have been announced by the Prime Minister and are now in place.

The infection rate has increased significantly across all District and Borough areas of West Sussex.

The latest COVID-19 infection rate across West Sussex, for the seven days up to 30 December, is now up to 555.2 per 100,000. This is above the national average for England of 518.5 per 100,000.

Latest coronavirus cases for West Sussex.


National lockdown restrictions

Stay homeYou must stay at home and only leave for a limited number of reasons, including shopping for basic necessities, for exercise or to go to work where you cannot do so from home. Those with severe underlying health conditions will once more be required to shield.

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings, such as nurseries, remain open.

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close.

If you think you may have any coronavirus symptoms, isolate immediately and book a test today. There is availability at your local walk or drive-through sites that may be closer than you think.

You can book a test online or by calling 119 to get an appointment to visit a test site.


Changes to our services

HWRSSome of our services will change as a result of the new lockdown restrictions.

Front line services to our most vulnerable residents will continue, including social care provision for children, young people and adults.

The county’s Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) remain open but in order to keep safe people should avoid travel to the sites unless waste cannot be safely stored or put out for normal kerbside collection.

West Sussex libraries are currently closed for browsing and only open for returns, collections and our select and collect service.

Ceremonies will not go ahead until national lockdown restrictions are lifted. The only ceremonies that can go ahead are in exceptional situations.

For the latest updates on our services, visit our website.


Support is available

Community HubThe county council’s Community Hub will continue to offer practical help and advice in confidence by calling 033 022 27980 or by completing the online form. The Hub is open seven days a week between 8am-8pm.

Information and systems for providing free school meals for those not attending school will be coming in due course and will be communicated with schools and eligible families. Contact the Community Hub if your family needs support in the meantime.

Mental health support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling the Sussex Mental Healthline on 0800 0309 500.

Support for people at risk of harm as a result of domestic abuse is available from the WORTH Specialist Domestic Abuse Service by calling 07834 968539 or 033 022 28181, or emailing DomesticAbuseServicesCentral@westsussex.gov.uk. This service is available Monday-Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm.

Support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants, whether your business is open or closed.


Vaccination programme

Vaccine

The phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing across Sussex.

As the NHS rolls out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of 3 things:

  1. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact them beforehand.
  2. Please act on your invite when it comes.
  3. Remember Hands, Face, Space. It will save lives and help the NHS.

In Sussex, the vaccine is currently available from three ‘hospital hub’ sites and from 15 GP-led local vaccination services, covering 56 practices, with many more due to start offering the vaccine over the coming weeks.

The vaccination programme will continue to expand in Sussex over the coming weeks and months as more vaccine becomes available.

Be aware of COVID-19 vaccination scams. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points:

  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • The NHS is currently not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.

January 5th, 2021|Categories: Communications, News|

Easebourne Park remains open in Lockdown

Following the Government announcement last night, Monday 4th January, we have investigated the detailed guidance and can confirm that Easebourne Park and the play equipment can remain accessible during the current Lockdown.

Obviously the rules around meeting others from outside your household must be followed, social distancing should be maintained at all times and if you are using the play equipment please do take the necessary precautions with regards to antibacterial hand gels before and after use.

 

January 5th, 2021|Categories: Communications, Easebourne Park, News|

West Sussex County Council – See in the New Year Safely

December 30th, 2020|Categories: Communications, News|

Update from West Sussex County Council (Tier 4 from Boxing Day)