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 email@example.com
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.
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:
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
Selsey Medical Practice
Tangmere Medical Centre
Witterings Medical Centre
Pulborough Medical Group is offering vaccinations for patients registered at:
Pulborough Medical Group
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/
You 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.
Some 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
The 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 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.
As the NHS rolls out vaccines, we’d like to remind people of 3 things:
The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn, so please do not contact them beforehand.
Please act on your invite when it comes.
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.
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.
Need some inspiration for New Year’s Resolutions for 2021? Here’s some ideas to help you mentally and physically as we continue to battle the pandemic.
Help banish COVID-19
Keep yourself, your loved ones, and your community safe including remembering hands, face, space at all times, adhere to the government’s tier restrictions and get your vaccination when you are called. Visit our COVID-19 webpages for the latest information.
The stress and changes in our routines have led to many of us drinking more or more often than usual. Could you take on the Dry January challenge? If you need help to reduce your drinking, Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors across West Sussex are ready to provide free and confidential advice and support. Visit the West Sussex Wellbeing website for more information.
If you would like to lend some practical help to the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination, visit Sussex Community NHS Trust. They need volunteers to help with the administration of the vaccination programme.
Start your own business
If your resolution is to start your own business in 2021, then help is at hand on our Business West Sussex website where you’ll find information on where to find help setting up or growing a business, with links to useful resources and networks.
Get stuck into a book – online
Make a resolution to read more – it’s a great way to escape without leaving home. Our e-library is open 24/7 and offers a wide range of reading matter including eBooks, eAudio-books, newspapers, and e-magazines to download free of charge.
West Sussex moves to Tier 4 Stay At Home restrictions from Boxing Day
Christmas and the holiday season will be different this year for many of us, and possibly not how we planned it, so please let’s make 2020 the year we did all we could to protect each other. Coronavirus cases almost doubled in the last week in West Sussex and the county will move into TIER 4: STAY AT HOME restrictions from this Saturday (26 December).
Before then, on Christmas Day (25 December), the government has said up to three households can get together. This is a maximum (not a target), includes your own household, is for one day only, and MUST not include households already in tier 4.
Most areas across the South will be moving to TIER 4: STAY HOME from Saturday. The new rules will mean we MUST not leave or be outside of our home or garden, except where we have a ‘reasonable excuse.’
Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, so it’s also really important to look after our mental wellbeing. If you or anyone you know needs support this year, the following links have some useful advice, guidance and tips: NHS Every Mind Matters