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COVID-19

We have tried to include here all the coronavirus information received by the Parish Council  that is relevant to people in the community. If you have anything that you think would be useful to add to the website, please email Rose Edwards, the Clerk - clerk@queenthorneparishcouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01963 220491

You can also find guidance and local information on the Dorset Council website. https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/home.aspx

Update 01.03.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres -  Covid 19 Vaccinations

Last week we vaccinated our 9000th patient. This represents over half of our adult population. At this rate we will meet all the targets for vaccination that have been set. There is strong evidence now that the first dose gives good protection and the strategy of giving the second dose at 12 weeks is very effective. Please remember however to stay at home, maintain social distancing and follow the rules, even after your first dose.

For those of you who were vaccinated at the Digby Hall in early January, we are now starting to plan your second dose. Many of you will have been given a date and time already, however this appointment will need to be confirmed prior to your attendance, as the schedules for delivery are not yet finalised. This applies to those who were given the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine. Your second dose is guaranteed but may vary by a few days from the original planned date. This is because the vaccine has a very short fridge life of only 3 days when we receive it. I apologize for this but as yet we have no control over scheduling of deliveries of vaccine. We will be in touch with your confirmed second dose date as soon as we are able to.

I do not anticipate similar issues for those of you who have had the Astra Zeneca vaccine as there will be greater supplies of this vaccine and the fridge life is a lot longer.

We are indeed expecting a “surge” of vaccine after the 15th March as the manufacturers are increasing production , so we may be able to reach targets earlier than anticipated, which would be a great achievement. Thanks again for your patience and support in helping us to deliver this historic vaccination programme.

Dr Rob Childs

Update 20.02.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres -  Covid 19 Vaccinations

Our thanks go to the team who delivered 400+ vaccines in the Digby Hall this morning especially those volunteers in the cold and wet of the car park . It has been a frustrating week due to NHS England adding another 1.7m to the shielding list during a period  when we have had reduced vaccine delivery. The criteria for inclusion in this additional list is based upon studies of those who have had Covid in the last year and their medical history. Inevitably there are patients included in this list who are surprised and indeed some who are there because of previous past history such as gestational diabetes. If you have received a letter telling you to shield and are unable to explain it then please call your surgery some afternoon this next week. (please don’t ring Monday morning as our phone lines may not cope !). The number of extra shielders locally is less than some of the more urban areas. We do know who you are and have prioritised you to receive vaccine (cohort 4b)

Cohorts 6 (age 18-64 with underlying health conditions) are currently being called or texted and also those in cohort 5 (aged 65-69) who haven’t taken up the offer of a mass vaccination site.

We have another 1200 vaccines coming next week and then 800 the week commencing 1st March. Our calculations show that these 2 cohorts and the new Clinically Extremely Vulnerable CEV amount to a remaining  2600 people locally. We are calling our cohort 6 generally in age order. So please be patient if you haven’t yet been called but do make sure we have your up to date contact details. If you have been offered vaccination through the national booking service by email or letter and can take up that offer then please do.

As part of the ongoing research into Covid and because of vaccine “hesitancy” in certain groups, we have been asked to record ethnicity of those vaccinated, so please don’t be surprised or offended if we need to clarify this when you book in at the Digby Hall.

Numbers of Covid cases continue to fall locally and in the last 7 days there were under 10 cases of Covid in Sherborne and surrounds. Lets hope for good news on lockdown next week and we can start to think about reducing restrictions and enjoying the summer. But in the meantime please continue to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

Dr Rob Childs

Update 12.02.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres -  Covid 19 Vaccinations

We have had a very productive week vaccinating and after tomorrow’s clinic of 950 patients, we will have vaccinated over 7500 of the local population. We have achieved the national target that was set for us.

I cant thank enough all those people who have helped to make this happen, from the staff of the various surgeries, the town council, the volunteers and even those who have supplied us with cake and refreshments. The sense of community is heart-warming indeed.

That said, it looks like we are going to see a slowdown in vaccine supply over the next few weeks. This is caused by vaccine production not keeping up with demand and also planning and logistics to ensure that we can give you your second doses in the 12th week. We are only getting 400 doses next week as we move on to cohort 5 and cohort 6. Some of you will receive letters suggesting that you contact the national booking service to get a vaccination at an alternative site ( such as Morrisons or Bath and West Showground). If you are offered an appointment at one of these other sites and can get there, then please do so. We are not in competition with these other sites, we just want to get as many vaccines into as many arms as possible. If you are unable to travel to one of these sites , do not be concerned as we will still contact you in due course for a local vaccination in the Digby Hall.

Numbers of Covid infections locally are now falling which is good news, however the infections are predominantly the Kent variant, which is more contagious. Let’s not become complacent, the message remains the same Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives.

Dr Rob Childs

Covid Vaccination Lead for Sherborne Area.

Update 01.02.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

Covid Vaccination Update Sherborne Area - 1st February

Our next delivery of vaccine is expected at the end of this week. We are expecting 1200 Astra Zeneca vaccines. As you may know we are booking shielding patients (also known as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) into an exclusive clinic on Saturday 6th February. There are about 450 shielding patients in our area.

That will leave us with about 850 doses of AZ vaccine which we will be administering on Tuesday 9th February to a good portion of our 70-74 age group. Some of you will have spotted that we will be administering more vaccines than we are receiving, but we can usually get an extra dose from each vial allowing us to plan for more doses in total. I expect a further delivery early next week to allow us to complete cohort 4 (age 70-74) as planned.

Many more of you this week have been receiving letters centrally asking you to ring 119 or to go on line to book your appointment for a Covid vaccination. This central booking system for the mass vaccination sites will offer you appointments potentially in Morrisons Car Park in Yeovil run by Pharmacy2U, or at the Bath and West Showground, or even further afield - not the Digby Hall. It is absolutely fine to take up an offer of a Covid vaccine at one of these other sites. The only thing we ask is that you do not double book or fail to attend for a booked vaccine in the Digby Hall as this creates administrative difficulties for us and may lead to wasted vaccine.

Please remember that we will contact you to make an appointment at the Digby Hall when it is your turn.

Again I would like to thank the amazing team of people who are making the clinics work so well at the Digby Hall. I will continue to update you as I have further news.

Dr Rob Childs

Update 29.01.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

We understand that many of you in cohorts 1-4 (over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable) have received a letter from NHS England offering your covid-19 vaccination in Morrisons Car Park in Yeovil. If you would prefer to have your vaccination in Sherborne you will be contacted by us within the next 2 weeks to offer you your vaccination in the Digby Hall. Please do not call us, we will contact you shortly.

Update 28.01.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

We continue to push on with vaccination locally. We have vaccinated cohorts 1 and 2 successfully with a good uptake. We have commenced cohort 3 (aged 75 and over) and aim to mostly complete that cohort by administering another 860 vaccinations on Friday 29th January at the Digby Hall. It will be a busy day. If you have an appointment, please don’t arrive early as it causes congestion and reduces our ability to socially distance from each other. The next cohort to receive vaccination will be the over 70 age group and the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) otherwise known as Shielding patients (cohort 4).

We appreciate that for many of you who have received the vaccine already, that this was the first time you had been out for some time and that had some associated anxiety. This anxiety might be greater for those of you who are shielding. To that end we are going to hold an exclusive clinic for shielding or CEV patients on Saturday 6th February. The hall will not have been used for several days, staffing will be kept to a minimum and as usual, all staff will have had a negative Covid test on the day of the clinic. I hope this will reassure you that it will be safe to attend the Digby Hall for vaccination on that day.

We will receive 1200 vaccines next week which will allow us to vaccinate our CEV patients and the majority of those aged 70 and over. Please wait to be called by your surgery for an appointment.

It looks like numbers of positive cases are beginning to fall slowly but we still have 30-40 cases per week in Sherborne. So please continue to follow the rules. This is important for those of you who have received the vaccine as well as you will not yet have full immunity and it is not yet known whether you can pass on the virus. So please STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS AND SAVE LIVES.

Dr Rob Childs

SHERBORNE AREA PRIMARY CARE NETWORK

(GROVE & APPLES MEDICAL CENTRES AND YESTMINSTER HEALTH CENTRE)

COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINICS

GENERAL NOTE TO PATIENTS;

ALL CLINICS TAKE PLACE AT ‘THE DIGBY HALL’, HOUND STREET, SHERBONE DT93AA (NEXT TO SHERBORNE LIBRARY) NOT ‘THE DIGBY MEMORIAL CHURCH HALL’, DIGBY ROAD, SHERBORNE.

(PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON TO THOSE ATTENDING THE VACCINATION CLINIC. ALTHOUGH PATIENTS ARE INFORMED OF THE LOCATION WHEN BOOKING THEIR APPOINTMENT, SEVERAL PATIENTS HAVE MISTAKENLY GONE TO DIGBY ROAD, SHERBORNE).

WARNING: TO THOSE DRIVING TO THE CLINIC, PLEASE BEWARE OF PEDESTRIANS WHEN ENTERING AND EXITING THE DIGBY HALL CAR PARK, AS THE VOLUME OF TRAFFIC IS HIGH RESULTING IN A LARGE  NUMBER OF PEDESTRIANS WALKING WITHIN THE CAR PARK ITSELF.

Update 23.01.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

We have a had a more frustrating week this week with Covid vaccination. We were only supplied with 400 doses. However, we have managed to vaccinate or invite the remainder of the over 80 age group. We have also commenced vaccinating those who are housebound. Next week we will be receiving 800 Astra Zeneca doses and be vaccinating most of the age 75-79 cohort. Please wait to be contacted by your surgery for an appointment. This will be by an SMS text message or by telephone.

We are aware that some of you have been receiving letters inviting you to the mass vaccination sites, in Bristol, Taunton or Bournemouth. If you do decide to travel to one of these centres please make sure that you cancel any appointment that you have locally, so that we can ensure no vaccine is wasted.

Our capacity to vaccinate is only limited by vaccine supply and we remain confident of vaccinating those most at risk by the middle of February, so do not feel obliged to travel to these centres unless you wish to do so.

Please ensure that your surgery has your latest contact details so we can get in touch with you.

Thanks once again to all those who have been helping to deliver this historic campaign.

Dr Rob Childs

Update 15.01.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

We have had another successful week vaccinating our local residents against Covid 19 . Last week we vaccinated over 1000 local residents over 80 years old. This week we have administered 1800 vaccines, amongst the over 80’s , residents and staff of local care and nursing home and also Frontline Health Care workers. A massive thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have helped to make this happen.
We are awaiting notification of our vaccine delivery for next week. We shall next be targeting the elderly housebound and the cohort aged 75-79. We are on schedule to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents by the middle of February.
However if you are over 80 and registered with either The Apples Medical Centre, Yetminster Health Centre or The Grove Medical Centre and are not housebound and for some reason HAVEN’T already been invited for a Covid Vaccination, please get in touch with your surgery to arrange one.
Please remember that vaccination is by appointment only and we will get in touch with you to arrange a vaccination date and time. It is important that we have your up to date details so that we can get in touch with you. We will make increasing use of mobile phones and texting to make contact, so please ensure we have your latest mobile phone number. Visit your surgery website to find out how you can easily update your contact details. Do not be concerned if you do not have a mobile phone as we will still reach you by landline.
Covid infections locally still remain much higher than in the first wave and there are still a significant number of new cases locally each week, so please follow the rules and stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Please ensure this message reaches those who may not have seen it.

Thank you.
Dr Rob Childs
Covid vaccination Lead for Sherborne Area Network 

Update 07.01.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

We are delighted to report that our first Covid vaccination clinic running at the Digby Hall in Sherborne is going very well.  By the end of tomorrow we will have vaccinated 1200 of our over 80s and health and social care staff. 

Our care homes residents and staff will start receiving their vaccinations from next Monday and we will be running further vaccination clinics at the hall by appointment only, on Wednesday and Thursday next week.  Please do not contact us for your appointment, we will contact you when it is your turn for the vaccination.

All three practices are working extremely hard at the moment to ensure that we get as many patients vaccinated as soon as we can, but we are still open on our practice sites. If you have any other health concerns, please contact your surgery as normal.

Dr Rob Childs

Update 02.01.21 from Sherborne Medical Centres Covid 19 Vaccinations

Dear patients,

Happy New Year!

We have some good news to start the year off.  We will be receiving our first batch of vaccine (Pfizer Biotech) next week and our first Covid vaccination clinics will be taking place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th at The Digby Hall, by the library in Sherborne.   These will be BY APPOINTMENT only. 

We will be following the government recall process on prioritisation of the vaccinations.  Our first cohort will be approximately 1000 patients over the age of 80 based on their age and clinical risk.  Do not worry if you or your relative is over 80 and doesn’t get called this week, we will be calling the remainder as soon as we get confirmation of our next delivery which will hopefully be the following week.

Following on from this this we would hope to vaccinate a 1000 patients per week so that we can immunise as many people as possible in a short a time as possible.

We will also be going into our local care and residential homes to vaccinate residents and staff within the next few weeks as well.

This good news however is not a reason for complacency. COVID numbers are rising in the Sherborne area. We had 40 cases locally last week which is a 50% increase on the week before. Please adhere to social distancing rules and protect yourselves and others. The finish line is now in sight, so please stay safe until we get there.

Dr Rob Childs

PLEASE DO NOT CALL US TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION. YOUR SURGERY WILL CONTACT YOU.

Please pass this message to anyone you know who might not see this message.

 

Update 05.06.20 - Advice on new guidelines for people shielding - see Grove Medical Centre tab above.

Update 01.06.20

Dorset residents encouraged to use NHS Test and Trace service

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Update 28.05.20

Sherborne HRC (tip) will reopen on Tuesday 2 June, however, there will be different measures in place for visitors to follow. All visitors wishing to use Sherborne HRC will need to first proceed to the Terrace Playing Fields car-park (situated on the southern edge of Sherborne at Dancing Hill). Here, you will take a paper ticket (like a supermarket deli counter) and join the queue for the HRC. When the queue at the HRC becomes short enough, you will be directed by on-site staff to travel to the HRC to drop off your waste. Visitors without a ticket will not be able to enter the recycling centre. More details in the link below:

https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/changes-to-services/bins-recycling-centres-and-other-waste-services.aspx

Update 26.05.20

The National Centre for Cyber Security has launched a campaign geared towards the public during COVID-19 times. It has some really useful practical advice.

Update 21.05.20

Dorset Council news on visitors, coronavirus in Dorset, car parks opening and payment methods

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Update 18.05.20

TRENT MEMORIAL HALL - POST OFFICE REOPENING

The weekly Post Office outreach service in Trent Memorial Hall is due to restart this Thursday, 21 May. Operating from 10am till 12 noon, this is a very convenient service where you can buy stamps, obtain cash, post parcels and access a range of other services.

Update 13.05.20

Dorset Council press release in response to government easing of lockdown restrictions.

Dorset Council has decided that car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being. 

Some council-run car parks in town and village centres have remained open through the COVID outbreak for local residents. These will continue to remain open but parking charges will now be reintroduced.

Details in the press release - link below

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/05/12/our-message-to-visitors-thinking-of-visiting-dorset-now-please-think-twice/

 

Update 06.05.20

Message from The Grove Medical Centre and The Apples Medical Centre, Sherborne 

**REQUEST TO PATIENTS** Due to our limited supplies of face masks, if you have an appointment at the surgery and have your own mask or facial covering (doesn't need to be medical grade) we would really appreciate it if you could please wear it to save our supplies. We would also ask that if you are able, please attend the surgery on your own. Thank you so much!

Update 23.04.20

Update on advertising planning applications in the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area

We have been notified that the Blackmore Vale Magazine has suspended publication for a temporary period due to the Covid-19 situation.  Any planning applications requiring press advertisements that would normally be advertised in the Blackmore Vale Magazine will be publicised in the Western Gazette instead from 24 April onwards. This affects the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area only.

Update 21.04.20

Dorset’s latest co-ordinated community response briefing is here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/co-ordinated-community-response-brief.pdf

Update 17.04.20

Guidance from Dorset Police for self-employed gardeners and the people they work for. It should be fine for gardeners to carry on working as long as they can keep to safe social distancing measures. This also applies to window cleaners and mobile car valeters. The Dorset Police website has a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section on coronavirus.

https://www.dorset.police.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/

Update 16.04.20

Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/04/16/garden-waste-kerbside-collections-to-resume-soon/

Update 15.04.20

Dorset Council - Fly-tipping: How you can help us tackle it during the pandemic

With household recycling centres (HRCs) currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dorset Council is asking people to help them in the fight against fly-tipping. See link below for details:

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/04/15/fly-tipping-how-you-can-help-us-tackle-it-during-the-pandemic/

Update 31.03.20

Dorset Council have set up a community shield helpline for the public – this is available to all those qualifying for shielding under the government criteria of shielding for vulnerability, and for their carers and supporters. (Patients who qualify will have been sent a letter advising them to shield).

Contact: 01305 221022 communityresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

No problem is too small to ask for help with – calls so far have asked for meds delivery, pet food collection, an isolation phone chat, info on Govt. food parcels etc

Updates 30.03.20

The NHS is encouraging people to download the NHS App to reduce social contact and free up phone lines. See drop down menu above for details.

 

Updates 28.03.20

Dorset Council has taken the decision to suspend parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/03/28/dorset-council-suspends-charges-in-their-car-parks-to-support-key-workers-and-residents/

Garden Waste kerbside bin collections suspended - Please help us help you. Keep hold of your garden waste or home compost until the coronavirus public health guidance is relaxed. Do not burn it. Do not dump it elsewhere as this is fly-tipping and is illegal.

https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/03/27/garden-waste-kerbside-bin-collections-to-be-suspended/

Updates 24.02.20

Recycling and rubbish collections press release from Dorset Council - link below and text on the Recycling tab above.

https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/bin-collection-disruption-and-waste-guidance.aspx

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