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  • Sothius Lodge raises £1,250 for our charity Dreamdrops

    by Kirstie Flack | Jul 23, 2021

    Mike Nixon, Mark Bramley, Anne-Marie Hamilton and George Cox (23 July 2021)A kind donation of £1,250 was given to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, Dreamdrops, after being nominated by Mark Bramley, as one of his chosen charities of the year.

    The cheque was presented by Mark Bramley, Worshipful Master, Sothius Lodge, St Ives, who said: “During my year as Master of Sothius Lodge, Dreamdrops was one of my chosen charities.  We raised funds by way of three raffles held after our business meetings and at our annual BBQ.

    “We wanted to make a difference and help provide those little extras to children both in hospital and in the community and to help Dreamdrops continue with the wonderful work they do for local children.”

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops said: “We are truly grateful to Mark Bramley and the Sothius Lodge for their wonderful donation.

    “The money raised will be donated to children being cared for in the local community, Holly Ward and the Paediatrics unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.  We cannot thank them enough for their support and this donation will help make a stay in hospital that little bit easier and provide much needed support for children being nursed at home.”

    For more information about dreamdrops, or to make a donation, please call, visit or email:

    Photo: Left to right: Mike Nixon, Charity Steward, Sothius Lodge, Mark Bramley, Worshipful Master, Sothius Lodge, Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops and Gordon Cox, Lodge Almoner.


  • Virtual Board Meeting – 21st July 2021

    by Sarah Turner | Jul 16, 2021

    Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust board meeting on Wednesday 21st July, which was due to take place in public, is being held virtually.

    A set of papers for the board meeting has been published on our website here.

    There will be an option for members of the public to submit any questions to the board for consideration by emailing ccs.trustsecretary@nhs.net. Please keep questions brief and to the point, and use ‘Trust Board Meeting Question’ in the subject heading of your email.

    Responses will either be posted on the Trust’s board meeting webpage following the meeting or can be found in the minutes published in due course.

  • Cambridge United players join the call for everyone to get vaccinated

    by Karen Mason | Jul 09, 2021

    As Covid-19 infection rates rise across Cambridge, players from Cambridge United get their jabs and urge everyone to get vaccinated now.

    Mark Bonner, Head Coach at Cambridge United Football Club said:

    “We visited the Grafton vaccination centre today to get the remaining lads from the first squad jabbed, so the whole team has now had their first vaccination and will be going back as soon as they can to get their second doses.

    “We’re looking forward to welcoming our fans back to the Abbey Stadium when that’s possible, so if you’re 18 or over and haven’t had your vaccination yet, get it booked now, or visit one of the walk-in clinics across the City so we can all get back to normal together.”

    United’s captain, Greg Taylor added: 

    “We all felt pretty invincible when we were promoted to League One at the end of last season, but no-one is safe from Covid-19.  

    “Young and old alike need to get their vaccination – if someone you care about is nervous, get your jabs together.  It’s quick and painless, and it could save your life.”

    Watch Jonah Gill and Myles Cowling from Cambridge United Football Club having their first Pfizer jab, along with messages from Greg Taylor, Jack Iredale, Paul Digby, Harrison Dunk and George Williams here:  https://vimeo.com/572980007/0dd8bd8663

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which runs the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said:

    We’re delighted that Cambridge United has joined our call for everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.  Given the increase in cases of the Delta variant, it’s vital that people get the best possible protection from Covid-19 with two vaccine doses.”

    “Millions of people are now benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths across the country.  But rates of infection in some areas, including Cambridge, are rising. We need everyone who hasn’t had their first vaccination to get it now, and to follow this up with their second vaccination 8 weeks later.”

    How to access your vaccine

    Anyone aged 18 and over can book their Covid-19 first and second vaccination via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119

    To access information about all vaccination walk-in clinics cross Cambridgeshire and Peterborough visit: https://www.thevaccinators.co.uk/

  • Vaccine centres offer new walk-in options for earlier AstraZeneca second doses

    by Karen Mason | Jun 23, 2021

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which runs the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said:

    “People aged 40 and over and those who are clinically vulnerable can now access their second Astra Zeneca vaccination dose at walk-in clinics at seven of our vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. 

    “Appointments for people in these priority groups can be brought forward from 12 weeks after their first vaccination, to 8 weeks, ensuring they will have the strongest possible protection at the earliest opportunity.”

    Walk-in AstraZeneca clinics are available at the following vaccination centres daily from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm from Thursday 24 June to Sunday 4 July:

    • City Care Centre,  Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DB
    • Cambridge Suite, Arena and Arts Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE (Sat Nav PE2 6HE)
    • Unit 30, The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS
    • Chesterton Indoor Bowls Club, Logan’s Way, Cambridge, CB4 1BL
    • Oak Tree Centre, 1 Oak Drive, Huntingdon, PE29 7HN
    • Unit 55, former supermarket, Horsefair Shopping Centre, Wisbech Churchill Road, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 1AR (if using the car park at the shopping centre use Sat Nav PE13 1AL)
    • The Eatons Community Centre, The Maltings, Eaton Socon, St. Neots PE19 8ES

    From Monday 28 June 2021 to Sunday 4 July, evening walk-in clinics for AstraZeneca will also be available at the following venues between 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm:

    • Mondays:  Horsefair: Shopping Centre, Wisbech 
    • Tuesdays:  Peterborough City Care Centre 
    • Tuesdays:  The Eatons Community Centre, St Neots
    • Wednesday:  The Grafton Centre, Cambridge
    • Thursday:  The Oaktree Centre, Huntingdon 
    • Thursday:  East of England Showground

    Commenting on the importance of second doses, Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chair and local GP said:

    "Millions of people are now benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths across the country.

    “Vaccines are extremely safe and effective and I’d encourage anyone who is eligible, to drop in to one of our walk-in clinics for their AstraZeneca second dose and join the millions of people who have already had theirs.

    “For people who would rather book an appointment, they can do so via the nhs.uk/covid-vaccination website, where people who have an existing appointment at 12 weeks can check availability first, before cancelling and rescheduling their second appointment on an earlier date.”

     

  • Covid vaccines are available: book yours now

    by Sarah Turner | Jun 15, 2021

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which runs the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “We currently have plentiful supply of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for people who need their second dose, as well as Pfizer vaccines for people booking their first dose. 

    “Vaccines are extremely safe and effective and I’d encourage anyone who has been invited to book their first or second dose to do so, and join the millions of people who have already had theirs.

    “Anyone aged 23 and over can book their vaccination via nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 and we expect everyone aged 18 and over will be eligible to book an appointment by the end of the week.  Levels of infection in young people are rising nationally and we know that Covid can have long term implications, so it’s really important young people do book their first jabs as soon as they are invited. No-one is safe until everyone has had their two doses – it’s our only way out of lockdown.”

    Commenting on the importance of second doses, Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chair and local GP said: “Millions of people are now benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths across the country.

    “But it’s important that everyone has two doses and appointments have been brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for people aged 40 and over, and those who are clinically vulnerable.

    “This will ensure people have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity, so I strongly urge anyone in these groups who hasn’t booked their second dose yet to do so.”

    Anyone aged 23 and over can book their vaccination appointment via nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.

     

  • St Neots Covid vaccination centre is on the move

    by Sarah Turner | Jun 10, 2021

    From Monday 14 June 2021, the St Neots Covid vaccination centre will be moving from the Priory Centre, a mile down the road to the Eatons Community Centre, 18 The Maltings, Eaton Socon, St Neots PE19 8ES.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which runs the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “The Priory Centre has been a fantastic setting for residents of St Neots and the wider area to receive their vaccinations, and we’d like to thank the team at the Centre and St Neots Town Council for their friendly and flexible approach.”

    “The Eatons Community Centre is just a mile down the road, and we look forward to welcoming residents with booked appointments to this equally accessible centre from Monday 14 June 2021.  People with booked appointments simply need to come along to the new venue at the same time and date they have already booked – there have been no changes to these arrangements.”

    The Trust has issued texts and/or emails to people with booked appointments advising of the new venue.

    Parking is available at The Eatons Community Centre and people are asked to arrive on time (or wait in their cars until 10 minutes prior to their appointment time) to help maintain social distancing. 

    Anyone 25 years old or over can now book their Covid-19 vaccination via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  or by calling 119.   New dates and times are added regularly so please revisit the site if a convenient location does not immediately appear.

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  • Baby Friendly team maintains international gold standard through pandemic

    by Debbie Manning | May 18, 2021
    Bedfordshire health visitors have maintained their international gold standard throughout the pandemic for their work to promote and support breastfeeding throughout the county.

    The Bedfordshire Children’s Community Services team holds the prestigious gold Baby Friendly Award from Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) and the service has been revalidated.BFI Gold Image

    Despite the pandemic bringing significant challenges for the service, the team – part of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust - introduced innovations throughout to provide a Covid-19 safe infant feeding service. As the effects of Covid 19 were felt across the county, health visitors worked to deliver core services while their assistants stepped up to become a point of contact for routine infant support. 

    “During recent months, a great deal of work has gone into restoring the service, with health visitors now working to a new normal, the infant feeding team back in their usual roles,” said the Unicef report. 

    “Bedfordshire Community Health Team 0-19 Service is highly commended for the quality of the evidence submitted and the thorough way in which the necessary processes to embed and further develop care related to the Baby Friendly standards has been planned and implemented.

    “The managers and infant feeding team are highly commended for all the efforts made.”

    Simon Harwin, Director of Luton and Bedfordshire Children’s Services said: “This is an excellent achievement and testament to the resilience of our staff. They have continued to maintain this service for families across Bedfordshire against a backdrop of huge challenge this year.

    “Their gold accreditation is richly deserved and I congratulate every one of them for the sheer hard work and dedication they have shown.”

    Glenda Hall, 0-19 Team Head of Service said: “I am delighted to receive such positive feedback from Unicef. The pandemic had a real impact on the service and the team has made a huge effort to maintain their much needed support for families. They are to be congratulated.”
     
  • Virtual Board Meeting – 20th May 2021

    by Sarah Turner | May 14, 2021

    Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust board meeting on Thursday 20th May, which was due to take place in public, is being held virtually.

    A set of papers for the board meeting has been published on our website here.

    There will be an option for members of the public to submit any questions to the board for consideration by emailing ccs.trustsecretary@nhs.net. Please keep questions brief and to the point, and use ‘Trust Board Meeting Question’ in the subject heading of your email.

    Responses will either be posted on the Trust’s board meeting webpage following the meeting or can be found in the minutes published in due course.

  • “The time to get your Jab is now” - Covid-19 vaccination roll out continues over Easter

    by Karen Mason | Mar 31, 2021

    Local doctors urge people in priority groups 1-9 who haven’t booked their first Covid-19 vaccination jab to do so now.

    Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which runs the large scale vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said:

    “The vast majority of our vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough continue to vaccinate people over the Easter long weekend and beyond.  So if you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 50 or over, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, or are a health or social care worker – and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now. 

    “It’s quick and simple to book your vaccination at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119 free of charge.  Don’t forget to bring to your appointment some form of evidence that shows you are in one of the eligible cohorts.”

    Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP added:

    “We’re making really strong progress with vaccinations across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough with over 349,000 doses already delivered to the most vulnerable cohorts.” 

    “Scientific evidence has shown the vaccine is safe and effective and is successfully driving down hospitalisation and infection rates.  Local NHS teams are working hard to offer the first crucial dose of the vaccine to as many people in the top nine priority groups as possible by the middle of April.  We need people to take up this offer to keep everyone safe.

    “I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that are due to have their second dose to make sure they attend their appointment.”

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    Editors notes:

    Cohorts 1-9 include:

    • Anyone aged 50+
    • Individuals who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (aged 18 and over)
    • 18-65 year olds with long term conditions
    • Health and social care staff
    • Care home workers and residents
    • Carers (aged 18 and over):  if you are a main carer of someone at high risk from coronavirus

    Further information on cohorts 1-9 is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/who-can-get-the-vaccine/

    Large Scale Vaccination Centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough open over the Easter weekend by appointment only are located at:

    • the Arena and Events Centre, East of England Showground, Peterborough
    • the City Care Centre Peterborough
    • the Oak Tree Centre Huntingdon
    • the Horsefair Shopping Centre Wisbech
    • the Grafton Shopping Centre Cambridge
    • the Priory Centre St Neots
  • Pioneering service offers vital support to families during pandemic

    by Monika Gaubyte | Mar 31, 2021

    A new, collaborative, overnight respite care service for children with very complex healthcare needs, launched to provide extra support for children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to continue for an additional seven months.

    Overnight respite care service

    Milton Hub began back in November to support families in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough experiencing incredibly tough circumstances as a result of some care and routines being affected by the impact of COVID-19. Many parents and guardians shielding their clinically vulnerable children over the last year have been providing care full-time, but those who have accessed this new service say it has “come to my rescue” and “really did save the day”.

    A collaboration between East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), Cambridgeshire  Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Milton Hub offers a four- or three-night stay at EACH’s centre in Milton for children with very complex medical needs, thereby giving some much-needed respite to both parents, guardians and children. 

    Children who stay at the Hub get to take part in fun and nurturing activities whilst being cared for by nurses and healthcare workers from within the local children’s care system. The environment is fully COVID-secure, with complete PPE for staff and testing carried out for all, including children. By the end of February 109 overnight stays had taken place.

    Carol Anderson, Chief Nurse at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said:

    “We’re so pleased to work together with our brilliant colleagues at EACH and at the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust to support parents, carers and children with very complex healthcare needs whose care has been affected significantly by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We know this has been an incredibly tough year for parents and children. We feel privileged to be able to offer this respite service to give children an enjoyable break away from their day-to-day routine, and to offer parents and carers the chance to catch their breath and recharge, knowing their children are safely being cared for by a wonderful team of trained professionals.”

    Jenna Ridout, EACH Clinical Nurse Specialistwho specialises in long-term ventilation and respiratory care, has been leading the Hub. She said: 

    “Families who have accessed the Hub have generally expressed relief that their child can be cared for somewhere safe, with specialist nursing support, whilst they take a moment to rest or spend time with other family members. This more obvious outcome of respite for parents and carers who are exhausted, however, has gone hand in hand with their excitement and anticipation of positive experiences for their child to access via Milton Hub. We’ve been inviting children and young people to contribute to a large piece of group artwork, entitled Creative Connections, which is exciting to see grow with each Hub stay.”

    Kirstie Lynn, Service Manager, Children’s Specialist Community Nursing Services in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said:

    “We’re delighted to be working with our colleagues across the county to provide some much-needed respite for children and young people. It has been a real opportunity for our teams to learn from each other and really highlights positive outcomes we can achieve when we work together to support families.”

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