Connect with us

Coronavirus

Crawley and country ordered into lockdown

Published

on

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the country to stay at home in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

In his speech the Prime Minister said:

“Although huge numbers are complying, the time has now come for us to do more. You must stay at home.

He said the only reason to leave home should be:

Shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, a run or a cycle, any medical need and travelling to or from work. These are the only reasons you should leave home.”

He also said that all gatherings of more than two people are now banned.

He said that people should not be meeting friends or family who do not live at home.

His message was clear:

“If your friends ask you to meet, you should say no.”

The PM said that any flounting of these new rules could incur a fine.

Clothing shops, electronic shops and other non-essential goods shops are to close. All social events including weddings, baptisms and any other ceremonies are also stopped but funerals are excluded.

The lockdown is for an initial three weeks at which point it would be reviewed again.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 have been put in place with immediate effect to impose restrictions on any individual considered by health professionals to be at risk of spreading the virus.

The regulations apply to any individuals seeking to leave supported isolation before the current quarantine period of 14 days is complete. It will also apply to future cases during the current coronavirus incident where an individual who may be infected or contaminated could present a risk to public health.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said:

“I will do everything in my power to keep people in this country safe. We are taking every possible step to control the outbreak of coronavirus.

NHS staff and others will now be supported with additional legal powers to keep people safe across the country. The transmission of coronavirus would constitute a serious threat – so I am taking action to protect the public and isolate those at risk of spreading the virus.

Clinical advice has not changed about the risk to the public, which remains moderate. We are taking a belt and braces approach to all necessary precautions to ensure public safety.

Our infection control procedures are world leading – what I am announcing today further strengthens our response.”

The regulations have been put in place to reduce the risk of further human-to-human transmission in this country.

The strengthened powers, effective immediately, will ensure that NHS staff dealing with possible cases can be confident the necessary powers are in place to keep individuals in isolation where public health professionals believe there is a reasonable risk an individual may have the virus. This is in line with measures taken in other countries.

Over the weekend, the latest government-chartered flight brought a further 100 individuals from the centre of the outbreak in Hubei province to stay in supported isolation in the UK.

The individuals have been taken to the Kents Hill Park conference centre in Milton Keynes where they will remain for 14 days until the end of the incubation period. This follows the same approach for those currently being housed in Arrowe Park NHS accommodation in Wirral.

All passengers were asked to sign a consent form agreeing to stay in supported isolation for at least 14 days until the incubation period is over. In all cases so far, supported isolation has been effective in controlling the spread of the virus.

These powers will give the public further confidence that the repatriation of British citizens back to the UK from Hubei does not increase the risk of further cases in this country.

The UK Chief Medical Officers currently assess the risk to the UK to be moderate.

Coronavirus

COVID-19 vaccination centre opens in Crawley

Published

on

Residents across West Sussex can now receive their COVID-19 immunisations at a new vaccination centre in Crawley.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has today (1 February) opened the appointment only facility at Crawley Hospital in West Green Drive.

The service is by appointment only with vaccinations delivered by teams from SCFT.

Residents who are eligible for vaccinations and who live within a 60 mile radius of Crawley Hospital are being written to directly by the NHS and invited to book an appointment.

This vaccination centre follows the opening of the Brighton Centre last week and is in addition to the local GP-led vaccination services that now cover all patients in Sussex, and select pharmacy-led services that are also available through the national booking system.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I’m delighted we are able to open Crawley Hospital as a vaccination centre today for residents across West Sussex and want to pay tribute to all teams from SCFT who have been involved in making this happen.

“The opening of Crawley Hospital today follows the successful launch of the vaccination centre at the Brighton Centre last week, and is all part of making the COVID-19 vaccination as accessible as possible to the communities we serve.”

Vaccination centres are another part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, working alongside GP-led vaccination services, specific pharmacies and hospital hubs.

While GPs invite their patients to get vaccinated at their local vaccination service, appointments at the vaccination centres are made through the national booking service.

The national booking service writes to eligible people, living within 60 miles of a vaccination centre, inviting them to book an appointment at the centre online or over the phone. The letter contains all the details people will need to book their appointment.

Anyone receiving a letter from the national booking service can choose whether to book an appointment at the vaccination centre, or wait until they are contacted by their GP for an appointment at their local vaccination service if that would be more convenient.

There are more than 1,000 GP services and more than 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Donna Lamb, Chief Nurse at SCFT, said:

“We are so proud to be able to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Sussex.

“Our trained vaccinators, supported by amazing volunteers, are on hand to help patients who attend our centres and we look forward to vaccinating many more people in the coming weeks which will make a huge difference to the communities we serve.

“I would encourage anyone who is invited for a vaccination to take up the offer.”

Continue Reading

Trending