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  • First Cambridge Covid-19 large scale vaccination centre launches, accelerating the delivery of life-saving jab

    by Sarah Turner | Jan 25, 2021

    The NHS launches its first large scale vaccination centre in Cambridge on Thursday 28 January 2021 as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. 

    The centre will be located at Unit 30 (next to H&M) which is on the ground floor of the Grafton Shopping Centre and provides an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across Cambridgeshire.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough said: “We are delighted to be launching the first large vaccination centre in Cambridge on Thursday 28 January 2021, with more centres being rolled out in the coming weeks. The life-saving jab will initially be offered to people aged 80 and over (widening to other age groups in the coming weeks), along with health and care staff.

    “The Centre is capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provides a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.”  

    Letters are being sent out by the national booking service initially to people aged 80 and over (widening to other age groups in the coming weeks) who live up to a 45 minute drive from the centre, inviting them to book an appointment either online or over the phone.

    If anyone has already received a jab since the letter was sent out or would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service they can simply ignore it.

    John O’Shea, Centre Manager of The Grafton, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust team into the Centre. In a year that has been challenging for everyone, the arrival of the vaccine is light at the end of the tunnel and we are very proud to play a part in this momentous roll-out programme.”   

    Dr Gary Howsam, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP, added: “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care. 

    “Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointment.  Appointments are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

    “It is vital that you do not attend the Grafton Shopping Centre vaccination centre if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.

    “I urge people across Cambridgeshire to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

    ENDS

    Editor's notes:

    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – by appointment only - through:

    • Hospital Hubs at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge; Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge; the Peterborough City Hospital; and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon.
    • The Vaccination Centres at Unit 30, The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS and at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB with more centres coming on line in the coming weeks.
    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough – for more information on these services visit: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

    How to find the Grafton Shopping Centre vaccination centre

    The vaccination centre is located in Unit 30 (next to H&M) on the ground floor, at The Grafton Shopping Centre, Cambridge CB1 1PS. The closest entrances to Unit 30 are on Wellington Street and Crispin Street (next to the bus interchange).  Entrances on Napier Street and North Service Yard will not be open.  Access via the Fitzroy Street entrance is possible but is the furthest away from the vaccination centre. 

    • By car: The Grafton is easily accessible by car via the M11, A10 and A14. As you come into the city follow signs to Grafton East multi-storey car park, situated on East Road (charges apply).There are 48 blue badge spaces. All entrances from the East car park into the Centre will be open with lifts available on every floor.
    • By foot and bike: The Grafton is a five-minute walk from the city centre across Christs’ Piece and New Square. The shopping centre is also accessible from Burleigh Street, East Road and Newmarket Road.
    • By bus: The Grafton is on the Newmarket Road (East) park and ride bus routes. The bus drops off and collects shoppers every 12 minutes from the Grafton’s Centre’s Bus Interchange (every 20 minutes after 6pm).Temporary changes to the Park and Ride service as a result of coronavirus can be found here: http://www.cambridgeparkandride.info/whatson.shtml

      The service 17 serves The Grafton, with one bus in the morning and one at night.

    • By Taxi: Taxis can collect shoppers by the West Grafton Car Park and by the Centre’s bus interchange.
    • By Train: The Grafton is a 20-minute walk from Cambridge railway station.

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    Who will deliver vaccinations

    The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines. 

    Priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI)

    • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
    • all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    • all those 75 years of age and over
    • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
    • all those 65 years of age and over
    • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
    • all those 60 years of age and over
    • all those 55 years of age and over
    • all those 50 years of age and over
  • Local Huntingdon company donates Christmas party money to Dreamdrops

    by Sarah Turner | Jan 25, 2021

    Huntingdon company, Accio Consult and Construct, has kindly donated £2000 to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, Dreamdrops, in lieu of its annual staff Christmas dinner. 37C9BB48-B32A-438A-AA14-60AC9AC83C21

    Iain Parnell, Finance Manager at Accio, presented Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops, with a cheque and said: “We at Accio had to forego our Christmas party this year, the time we reflect on all the hard work our team has undertaken. As it was not possible this year, our directors gave the challenge to our team to propose where we could donate funds normally set aside for Christmas.

    “The criteria was simple, to select two charities where we could inject funds that would make a key difference at the point of donation, it had to be local and it had to be of importance to the team’s values. One of the excellent causes that caught our eye was Dreamdrops and we were delighted to be able to offer our support to this excellent and worthwhile cause.” FC1E7C8C-4AE9-4E3E-82D1-EDB0AD2AEEA6

    Anne-Marie, Chairman of Dreamdrops, said: “We’re thrilled to receive such a generous donation from Accio Consult and Construct. 

    “It was sad that circumstances meant they were unable to hold their annual dinner this year, but we would like to thank them very much indeed for supporting local sick children instead. 

    “It is such a kind and thoughtful thing to do, and we are really grateful to them.

    For further information on how you can help raise funds for Dreamdrops please visit www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

    Further information about Accio can be found here www.acciocandc.com.Accio

    Photo 1 L-R: Iain Parnell, Anne Adamson, Patricia Walsh and Anne-Marie Hamilton

    Photo 2 L-R: Anne Adamson and Patricia Walsh


  • Virtual Board Meeting - 20th January 2021

    by Sarah Turner | Jan 18, 2021

    Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Trust board meeting on Wednesday 20th January, 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.

     
  • First Norfolk Covid-19 vaccination centre launches, accelerating the delivery of life saving jab

    by Sarah Turner | Jan 18, 2021

    The NHS launches its first vaccination centre in Norfolk today at the Castle Quarter shopping centre in Norwich as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.  The centre provides an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the county.

    Dr David Vickers, Medical Director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which is co-ordinating delivery of the large vaccination centres across Norfolk and Waveney said: “We are delighted to be launching the first large vaccination centre in Norwich on 18 January 2021. The live saving jab will initially be offered to people aged 80 and over, along with health and care staff.”

    “The Centre is capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provides a major boost to our plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.”  

    Letters are being sent out by the national booking service to people aged 80 and over who live up to a 45 minute drive from the centre, inviting them to book an appointment either online or over the phone.

    Robert Bradley, centre manager of Castle Quarter said: “Castle Quarter has stayed open throughout both lockdowns, enabling essential retailers and services to remain available for customers in a safe way in line with national criteria. We are now extremely pleased and proud to be able to support the NHS and community of Norfolk by opening up the entire food court in Castle Quarter for the county’s first vaccination centre.”  

    Melanie Craig, Chief Executive, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group added: “NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as providing vital services for people who need our care.  An increasing number of Norfolk and Waveney’s most vulnerable patients have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and this new centre will accelerate progress even further.

    “Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; we will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointments. It is vital that you do not attend the Castle Quarter vaccination centre if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.

    “I urge people across Norfolk and Waveney to continue following all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – that means staying at home as much as you can, and always remembering ‘hands, face and space’.”

    ENDS

    Editors notes:

    Covid-19 vaccinations are now being delivered across Norfolk – by appointment only - through:

    • Hospital Hubs at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Foundation Trust and the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    • The Vaccination Centres at Castle Quarter with more centres coming on line in the coming weeks
    • Local Vaccine Services – provided by GPs and Pharmacies – for more information on these services contact the NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group via nwccg.communications@nhs.net

    Who will deliver vaccinations

    The Department for Health and Social Care recently changed legislation to allow a wider group of people than usual to administer vaccines, including more health care professionals as well as others who have completed the clinical training needed to administer vaccines. 

    Priority groups determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunisation (JCVI)

    • residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
    • all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
    • all those 75 years of age and over
    • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
    • all those 65 years of age and over
    • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
    • all those 60 years of age and over
    • all those 55 years of age and over
    • all those 50 years of age and over
  • Local Argos and Mayor of Huntingdon donate sensory toys to the Dreamdrops Christmas Appeal

    by Kirstie Flack | Dec 22, 2020

     

    Argos donationStaff from the Sainsbury’s Argos store in Stukeley Meadows, have kindly donated £300 and toys to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity, “Dreamdrops”, along with the Mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb who donated sensory toys to the appeal

    Kirsty Luckham, Manager at Argos, presented Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of “Dreamdrops” with the gifts and said: “Sainsbury’s Argos are running a nationwide campaign called Brightening a Million Christmas’ which involves all stores making donations to local organisations and charities in their communities.

    “Our store decided that we would like to donate our budget of £300 to Dreamdrops. It’s a charity that we have supported in previous years and as our store has now permanently closed, it felt a fitting way to end our time in Huntingdon by helping out a local charity. We know that many of our colleagues and customers support this charity and we wanted to play our small part.”

    Anne-Marie, Chairman of “Dreamdrops” said: “This is such a wonderful gesture from the staff at Sainsbury’s Argos. The amazing generosity of everyone will give the children that we support a wonderful Christmas Day, and we cannot thank them enough for their kind donation.”

    Mayor of Huntingdon Cllr Karl Webb said: “Dreamdrops are my charity during my term of office, and we have collected some sensory toys to go with the donations collected over the past few months.  I was pleased to present Anne-Marie with these toys for the Christmas appeal.”

    For further information on how you can help raise funds for the charity please visit www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

    Photo 1 L-R: Annie Halliday (Trading Manager, Sainsbury’s Argos), Anne-Marie Hamilton (Chairman of Dreamdrops), Christine Luckham (Dreamdrops Committee member), Kirsty Luckham (Manager at Sainsbury’s Argos), Ian Jones (Trading Manager, Sainsbury’s Argos) and Cllr Karl Webb (Mayor of Huntingdon)

  • Christmas appeal for laptops and tablet devices to help pupils and schools affected by Covid-19

    by Sarah Turner | Dec 22, 2020

    As we approach Christmas, the time of year for generosity and giving, local children’s charity Dreamdrops has partnered with local businesses to launch an appeal to help schools and their pupils.

    The Huntingdonshire based partnership is appealing to residents and local companies for donations of used laptops and tablet devices (such as iPads) which could be refurbished and donated to schools, to help pupils continue their studies away from the classroom. The appeal begins this week and will continue into 2021.

    Dreamdrops, the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust charity, has joined forces with i-dash, a leading Technology Solutions provider based in Eaton Socon, St Neots. i-dash have kindly offered to wipe, refurbish and prepare the machines ready for reuse. The devices will then be PAT tested by Cambs-PAT UK Ltd – a local company based in Eaton Socon, before being handed over to local schools across the county, so they can be distributed to pupils who need them.

    The aim is to collect at least 250 redundant laptops and tablets. Such an ambitious project across a large area cannot be achieved without additional help and local public support. The partners are delighted to also be working with the Riverport Women’s Institute, based in St Ives and local Community Support Groups which were set up at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to help people living in their local areas.

    Anyone willing to donate a laptop or tablet is kindly requested to carry out the following beforehand:

    1. Back up your data and reset the device to 'factory settings'. If you donate a device that has not been reset you will not be able to retrieve your data once the machine has been handed over and all information will be wiped clean in a secure and safe manner.
    2. Wipe the device over with a cold damp cloth that has antibacterial spray on it.
    3. Ensure any appropriate cables and leads are also donated.
    4. Place the device/s in a plastic bag for either collection or delivery.

    Please note instructions for resetting your device to factory settings can be found on Dreamdrops’ website: www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org/donating-your-device/

    If you would like to support this initiative, please contact one of our Associate Partners in your local area:

    Huntingdon:  Huntingdonshire Community Group.  Email:  huntingdonshirecommunitygroup@gmail.com

    Ramsey: Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust.  Email: anna@ramseyneighbourhoodstrust.org

    St Ives:  Riverport W.I.  Email: riverportwi@btinternet.com

    St Neots:  St. Neots Community Support.   Tel:  03333 355344

    Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of Dreamdrops, said: “We are thrilled to be working on this essential project with i-dash, and are delighted with the wonderful response from our associate partners across Huntingdonshire who are all kindly willing to help ensure the success of the project. 

    “It is far too big a task for any individual organisation to manage on its own but, by pulling together, we can make it work. Helping schools to keep their pupils learning is a great cause, and I hope that people who may be upgrading their laptop or tablet over Christmas, or who have older machines still sitting in a cupboard somewhere, will be willing to donate them.”

    Mick Marks MBE, Managing Director of i-dash Limited, said: “As a technology solutions provider, i-dash understands the need to be connected during these challenging times. As a supporter of local causes and schools in particular, we understand some of the challenges that are faced in our local community. When we were approached by Dreamdrops it was a yes before the conversation had even started!”

    For further information on how you can help raise funds for Dreamdrops please visit www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org/ or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

  • ChatHealth is crowned national winners in the 2020 Nursing Times Awards

    by Monika Gaubyte | Dec 15, 2020

     

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    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Child Programme school nurses are joining in with the celebrations for the recent Nursing Times Award win for the innovative messaging service, ChatHealth, in the Nursing in Mental Health category.

    ChatHealth is a nationally recognised secure and confidential text messaging service which allows young people aged 11-19 years old to easily and anonymously get in touch with a healthcare professional for advice and support on a wide range of issues that matter to them. These include, healthy eating, emotional health, healthy relationships, drugs, smoking, growing up, sex and sleep.

    Since its initial launch, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Child Programme were one of the early adopters of the service which gives young people in the area an invaluable opportunity to talk about issues and worries that are standing in the way of leading a happy and healthy life. ChatHealth has now been implemented by more than 50 NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations across many healthcare services.

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, access to face-to-face support has had to be limited, so having virtual access to healthcare has been extremely important in ensuring that young people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have had the vital support they need in these challenging times.

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, ChatHealth text services have massively increased. Nationally, ChatHealth services have seen a 50% increase in young people seeking emotional health support. Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ChatHealth service alone received 2,726 messages and completed 131 conversations with young people locally.

    Evidence has also shown that young people in particular like the fact that ChatHealth enables them to make discreet contact with health professionals ‘behind a screen’. The users from a recent digital focus group said:

    “They have really helped me a lot with my anger and they helped me today as well.

    "I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the help that I got from the group. I ended up getting a school counsellor and I am on a good path so far and I am fighting to keep it that way."

    Andrea Graves, service lead for the programme said: “We are delighted to be part of the ChatHealth journey, which is an integral part of the services that we offer. Through ChatHealth we ensure that we are reactive and accessible for young people and families in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who are in need of our support and this has been vital through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Young People can send a message on 07480 635 443 Monday to Friday 9am-4pm to start a conversation with a ChatHealth nurse.

     

  • ‘Your NHS Needs You’: People across Norfolk and Waveney urged to join Covid Vaccine Team

    by Sarah Turner | Nov 24, 2020

    The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is on the hunt for thousands of vaccinators and support staff to help protect millions of people from COVID-19 quickly when a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.

    By bolstering its workforce the NHS will be able to offer the public potentially life-saving protection from coronavirus in a range of locations, focusing on the most at-risk groups first, whilst at the same time keeping A&Es, elective surgery, GPs and community services going.

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (which is coordinating recruitment to Covid Vaccine Teams across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney) said: “When we get a safe and effective vaccine, we are determined to deliver it to eligible people across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney as quickly as possible.

    “But it’s also crucial that we keep vital services running at the same time, so we need local people to join our vaccination teams, either as vaccinators or support staff, or as volunteers.  Whether you are retired, furloughed or actively seeking a way back into work – we would love to hear from you.”

    “We’ll be offering posts on a flexible basis so that people can fit helping out around other work, caring and family responsibilities. So if you want to play your part in this historic effort, please find out more today; your NHS needs you.”

    Roles we are seeking to fill across Norfolk and Waveney include:

    • Clinical Operational Supervisors
    • Registered Practitioners
    • Immunisers
    • Front of house receptionists
    • Post-vaccination Observation Support Volunteers

    While we don’t expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be widely available until January 2021, some work could commence from December 2020. If December is too soon for you, don’t be put off – as the vaccination programme will run into the Spring.

    Parliament recently changed the law to allow a wider group of people to undertake training to deliver vaccines e.g. paramedics, physios, pharmacists, dental professionals, and healthcare scientists.  In all cases, appropriate training, supervision and PPE will be provided to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and our patients.

    Vaccinators and supporting staff and volunteers will potentially work across a range of different vaccine facilities, with local plans to be finalised when the details of approved vaccines are available and a decision on which groups should be the first to get it has been made by the Government.

    If you’re interested in opportunities available across Norfolk and Waveney, we’d love to hear from you.  You can find out more by:

     

  • ‘Your NHS Needs You’: People across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough urged to join Covid Vaccine Team

    by Sarah Turner | Nov 24, 2020

    The NHS in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is on the hunt for thousands of vaccinators and support staff to help protect millions of people from COVID-19 quickly when a safe and effective vaccine becomes available.

    By bolstering its workforce the NHS will be able to offer the public potentially life-saving protection from coronavirus in a range of locations, focusing on the most at-risk groups first, whilst at the same time keeping A&Es, elective surgery, GPs and community services going.

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (which is coordinating recruitment to Covid Vaccine Teams across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney) said: “When we get a safe and effective vaccine, we are determined to deliver it to eligible people across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Waveney as quickly as possible.

    “But it’s also crucial that we keep vital services running at the same time, so we need local people to join our vaccination teams, either as vaccinators or support staff, or as volunteers.  Whether you are retired, furloughed or actively seeking a way back into work – we would love to hear from you.”

    “We’ll be offering posts on a flexible basis so that people can fit helping out around other work, caring and family responsibilities. So if you want to play your part in this historic effort, please find out more today; your NHS needs you.”

    Roles we are seeking to fill across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough include:

    • Clinical Operational Supervisors
    • Registered Practitioners
    • Immunisers
    • Front of house receptionists
    • Post-vaccination Observation Support Volunteers

    While we don’t expect a COVID-19 vaccine to be widely available until January 2021, some work could commence from December 2020. If December is too soon for you, don’t be put off as the vaccination programme will run into the Spring.

    Parliament recently changed the law to allow a wider group of people to undertake training to deliver vaccines e.g. paramedics, physios, pharmacists, dental professionals, and healthcare scientists.  In all cases, appropriate training, supervision and PPE will be provided to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and our patients.

    Vaccinators and supporting staff and volunteers will potentially work across a range of different vaccine facilities, with local plans to be finalised when the details of approved vaccines are available and a decision on which groups should be the first to get it has been made by the Government.

    If you’re interested in opportunities available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, we’d love to hear from you.  You can find out more by:

  • NHS chiefs announce exciting plans for the future of the Princess of Wales hospital in Ely

    by Monika Gaubyte | Nov 23, 2020

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    A three year redevelopment of the Princess of Wales hospital site is planned which will see NHS and social care partners deliver more services for local residents from modern, fit for purpose buildings.

    Matthew Winn, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which owns the hospital site, explained:

    “NHS and social care partners who currently provide services on site are working together to ensure we are able to meet the needs of a growing and ageing population.  A planning application will be submitted in the New Year which will set out ambitious plans to modernise services and create facilities that will vastly improve the patient experience and the working environment for staff.  

    “Our shared proposals are in line with all the local NHS and Councils plans” added Mr Winn “and there has been a broad consensus of support for redevelopment of the hospital for several years from local commissioners and providers of services on site and other key stakeholders.”

    Our collective aim is to:

    • build brand new, modern premises to replace out-dated facilities (retaining the day surgery unit)
    • deliver more day surgery, outpatient, diagnostic and urgent (but not emergency) care services, closer to people’s homes. All current services will remain on the hospital site
    • provide more joined-up care across health and social care services, including for frail elderly people and those living with long term conditions
    • create more physical space to meet the needs of a growing population, reducing the need for people to travel to Cambridge for some services
    • build a new car park(no more than 4 levels) to address the lack of parking on site
    • harness digital technology to deliver modern healthcare including virtual consultations

    Partners are also exploring opportunities to use the site for other community priorities e.g. a care home to meet the needs of local residents.

    Commenting on the plans, Lucy Frazer MP for South East Cambridgeshire said:

    “Ensuring that first-class health services are available within close proximity is a critical local need. To ensure this, it is vital that we expand access to services to those in and around Ely, improving access to integrated services, including outpatient, diagnostic, and urgent care. I am extremely pleased that the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and partners will soon be bringing forward their proposals for major upgrades at the Princess of Wales Hospital. I look forward to continuing to engage with local organisations as they develop their plans, and will make every effort to secure the necessary funding at a national level.”

    Covid-19 restrictions preclude local residents being invited to view initial plans face to face. However, people are encouraged to visit Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust’s website between 1-14 December to view a virtual exhibition and share their feedback prior to submission of the planning application.  Visit the CCS NHS Trust website here

    Two online virtual engagement events will be held to provide an opportunity for local residents to find out more and ask questions about the site redevelopment.  Information on the dates, times and details for accessing these online events will be available on the above website page from 1 December 2020.   

    Artist’s impressions of the site redevelopment

    Artist photo of PoW 1      Artist photo of PoW 2




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