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  • 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.”

  • Luton schoolboy produces a rap for ChatHealth

    by Debbie Manning | Mar 29, 2021

    Budding young rap artist Jayden, from Luton, has written and produced a rap for ChatHealth. The rap was created following a competition in February directed at young people to design a rap to encourage young people across Beds and Luton talk about relationships, bullying and healthy eating among other issues through direct, confidential texts with their school nurses.

    ChatHealth, run by Bedfordshire and Luton Children’s Community Health Services, gives young people, aged 11-19, is an anonymous texting service offered by the local school nursing team to support the young people in our community with accessing confidential health advice.

    Jayden, 14, who attends Challney High School for boys, said:  “I started listening to music from a young age as a toddler, where at home my mum and dad would play a wide range of music.”

    Jayden ‘s parents added:  “It was rap music that stuck with him the most aided by recital of lyrics from his favourite songs including and not limited to Cartoon Network characters.  We  like rap music because it allows story-telling, and can be fused with any music genre and like jeans, never goes out of fashion.  Jayden decided to get involved with the ChatHealth competition because of his love of music and to use it as a tool to help send out an important message about issues affecting young people.”

    Head of Music at Challney High School for Boys, Nadia Ruiters added:  “Music has been brought back on to the curriculum last year starting with Year 7 students and one Year 9 GCSE group. This is an exciting time for the school as it is one step closer to embedding the culture of music back into the school.”

    Kirsty Younger, CCS School Nurse added. “Over the past year it has been really difficult for young people, within our local community. Jayden’s fantastic rap will hopefully encourage young people to access the service as they will be able to relate to the message delivered within the rap, and give them confidence in access ChatHealth for support with any physical and emotional health needs.   

    “Chat Health has supported a number of young people over the past year and one young person stated that she felt able to be honest with the nurse, and the support she received from the Chat Health service enable her to have the confidence to access on-going support face to face, and wouldn't of accessed further intervention without the support from the ChatHealth nurse.”

    Jayden's rap can also be viewed here:  https://vimeo.com/521759717/2f2f4515f1

    To find out more about ChatHealth visit:
    Bedford - www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/bedford/chathealth
    Luton -    www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/Luton/ChatHealth

  • New tech to test children's eyesight at home

    by Kirstie Flack | Mar 16, 2021

    School children who have missed out on crucial eye tests during lockdown can now be screened at home using a new digital app.

    One in five UK children is affected by poor eyesight but it can be detected early on with screening during the first year of school. At this point problems can be successfully treated with glasses or patches, if not, they can develop into life-long issues including loss of sight.

    Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has collaborated with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Child programme screening team, Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, and the county’s community and hospital NHS trusts to provide a pioneering approach for schoolchildren who have missed screening during the Covid restrictions.

    The Paediatric Ophthalmology Team at Addenbrooke’s has developed and clinically tested a digital application, called DigiVis, which allows adults and children to test their own vision accurately at home.

    DigiVis is a web-based app which enables accurate sight testing for people from the age of four upwards. To use the app, two digital devices such a smartphone and laptop are needed in addition to a few household items to calibrate the system, such as a tape measure or ruler and a standard sized business / store card.

    After pairing the devices over the internet, the user matches letters shown on their hand-held device with those displayed at a distance on the other device. The app automatically works out the smallest size letter that can be recognised – a measurement called visual acuity.

    Parents are being contacted through their child’s school with information about vision screening and how to access the DigiVis test. Using the DigiVis measurements, the screening team can identify the children who need a full eye examination and organise this.

    CUH Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr Louise Allen, said: "It can be difficult for parents to detect if their child has reduced vision, but early treatment is crucial, making screening really important. Using digital technology will allow us to reach those children whose screening has been disrupted by the Covid crisis, to ensure that they don’t miss out.

    “I want to thank everyone involved in this collaboration, which is an excellent example of teamwork across organisations to find a solution at a time of national crisis. The service will benefit thousands of children in the county, and may be a potential model for vision screening worldwide.”


    Thanks to backing from the Medical Research Council, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and the local charity Fight Against Blindness, the DigiVis web-app has been fully clinically tested and CE marked, meaning it meets European health and safety requirements.

    Service Lead for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Child Programme, Andrea Graves said: “Working in collaboration with our colleagues across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been fantastic. By sharing our resources and expertise, we can ensure children are not missing out on a vital check early in their development.

    “Using DigiVis is just one of the choices we are offering families as an interim solution whilst we operate under the current restrictions. Although clinic appointments are available, I would encourage any families who receive a vision screening letter to try using DigiVis. It is very simple and there are easy-to-follow instructions.

    "If any families need help using DigiVis, have questions about vision screening or have concerns about their child’s vision please call us on 0300 029 50 50 or text us on 07520 649 887.”

    Dr Liz Robin, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's Director of Public Health, added: “This new technology will contribute to the success of our Best Start in Life programme; a multi-agency partnership which aims to ensure all children in Cambridgeshire are healthy, happy, and confident.

    “I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this project in what has been a particularly challenging time. It really does go to show how committed we all are to delivering a safe and effective service to our children at all times.”

     
  • Virtual Board Meeting – 17th March 2021

    by Sarah Turner | Mar 12, 2021

    Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust board meeting on Wednesday 17th March, 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.

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