North Cumbria health service: Where are your local vaccine hubs

Covid 19 Vaccines now being delivered at primary care hubs across north Cumbria – thanks to volunteers and staff  

Every Primary Care Network (PCN) across north Cumbria is now delivering the covid vaccine to their over 80s and care home residents and staff.

There are eight PCNs – they are groups of GP Practices working together in local areas – and the vaccine is now being delivered from nine locations. Please don’t call your GP Practice to ask about the covid vaccine.

The teams are also visiting local care homes and the homes of housebound patients and those with mobility issues, to ensure our most vulnerable residents get the vaccine.

Our primary care teams, including GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists, healthcare workers, admin staff and a significant number of volunteers from a range of organisations, have all worked incredibly hard to get these new hubs up and running. For our primary care teams, this is happening alongside keeping every day general practice up and running for people needing medical support.

Dr Niall McGreevy, a GP in Workington and lead GP for the General Practice Provider Collaborative, said: “This is a huge effort from teams across north Cumbria. Everyone working in general practice has had a part to play and we simply could not have done it without the support of many, many volunteers.

“We know that people are incredibly grateful when they get the vaccine, many tell us they have barely left their homes since March and they see this as the first step towards getting back to some normality.

“General practice teams are well used to delivering vaccines, but this rollout has involved a significant amount of work to keep our patients and our staff as safe as we can, to make sure we can get as many of our most vulnerable patients through as quickly as we can. My colleagues have put in a super human effort and all of our hubs were up and running by the end of last week, which is just remarkable in a few short weeks since the vaccine was given the go ahead.”

Volunteers have been vital in the rollout supporting patients, helping manage car parks with large numbers of people arriving for the vaccine and directing and supporting patients.

Ed Tallis, director of primary care for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This rollout has been a massive team effort and I can’t praise the flexibility of our primary care teams enough. They have been supported by volunteers right across the north of the county.

“I know in Cumbria we have a fantastic community that steps up when needed, and we have seen first-hand just how generous with their time our community has been. We are delighted so many people want to help out with the rollout of the covid vaccinations and I know that their input has helped our primary care teams focus on the delivery.

“Volunteers have been absolutely vital to managing the safe delivery of the vaccine. Thank you to each and every one who has played a part in supporting this vaccination programme.”

Volunteers from a range of organisations have been supporting primary care teams. They include (but are not limited to):

·         Blood Banks

·         North West Ambulance Service First Responders

·         Cockermouth Emergency Response Group

·         Northern Fells Group

·         Maryport Hug A Mug team

·         Rotary

·         And many others….

Anne Waggot-Knott was part of the Cockermouth Emergency Response Group and said: “It feels really good to be involved in something that might finally make a difference to this horrid situation”

Mike Bradshaw and Karen Shankland from Cockermouth said: “This is one of the most important periods of time in our lives – we will do whatever you require.  We enjoyed volunteering immensely.  After seeing people into the car park and then watching them in wheelchairs, or with sticks, with all sorts of health problems, etc., going to get their chance of life in 2021…..very humbling.”

Kevin Walsh from Rotary in Carlisle supported Carlisle Network PCN and said: “We’ve had a steady stream of people and it is good to be able to help. Rotary is always looking for community activities to get involved in.”

On Sunday 10 January 2021 the Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed around one third of over 80s had been vaccinated across the UK.

Ed Tallis added: “You can help your GP teams with this massive piece of work. Please do not call your GP, you will not be able to book in, please wait to be contacted by the NHS. It will take some time to do even the first two priority cohorts. By calling you may make it harder for those with medical needs to get the help they need.”

North Cumbria has eight Primary Care Networks with a hub delivering the vaccine for all the member practices. They are:

Brampton and Longtown PCN – Brampton Community Centre

Carlisle Healthcare PCN – North Carlisle Medical Practice

Carlisle Network PCN – Morton Surgery

Cockermouth and Maryport PCN – Castlegate and Derwent Surgery (Cockermouth Community Hospital) and Maryport Rugby Club

Copeland PCN – Flatt Walks Surgery

Eden PCN – Penrith Hospital

Keswick and Solway PCN – Wigton Hospital

Workington PCN – Orchard House Surgery

Copeland GDF working group invite you to their virtual meeting- have your opinion heard on where nuclear wste could be stored

The search has started to find a suitable site and a willing community to host a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for the UK’s higher level radioactive waste. Community consent is at the heart of the process and a GDF cannot be built unless there’s a suitable site and a willing community.

The Copeland GDF Working Group has started its engagement with local people on the potential for further consideration of a GDF somewhere in the area of Copeland. As part of this engagement, we produce a monthly newsletter which anyone in the community can sign up to, please do so here via our dedicated website. Please feel free to share this link with others.

We can also offer community newsletters/groups/organisations such as yours, the opportunity of receiving regular information from us. If this is something which you would be interested in, please let me know an approximate number of words you would like, a list of deadlines and whether you require photographs.

Also, we can hold ‘virtual’ meetings with you if you would like so that you can talk to us directly. Our email address is gdfinfo-copeland@nda.gov.uk

Copeland GDF Working Group has three main tasks – begin to understand community issues, concerns and questions about GDF; identify a search area or areas within Copeland which could then be further investigated for potential locations for a GDF, and identify initial members for a Community Partnership that could take that work forward. The Working Group will not identify specific sites or decide on locations, it will merely suggest areas for further consideration by a Community Partnership.

 

If you have any questions, please do get in touch.

 

Gill

 

 

Gillian Thorne

Working Group Communications Lead

Radioactive Waste Management

Herdus House
Westlakes Science and Technology Park
Moor Row
Cumbria
CA24 3HU

T: 01925 802440

M: 07513 484807

E: gillian.thorne@nda.gov.uk

W: gov.uk/rwm – Geological Disposal

Urgent: Road closure notice – St.Bridgets lane/Nelson squar

Hello,

A temporary road closure has been put in place to allow Electricity North West Ltd to carry out utility repair works which are expected to commence 25th January 2021 and anticipated to take 14 days to complete.

Please see below details of the extents of the closure and alternative route, the relevant legal notice can be viewed at https://one.network/downloads/tm/1026/notice_f70504c021.pdf and a location plan clearly showing the extents of the road closure and diversion route can be found on one.network via link https://one.network/?tm=119618098

Location: St Bridget’s Lane, Egremont from its junction with Nelson Square extending in a south easterly direction for approx. 130m.

Alternative Route: A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times and a suitable alternative route for vehicles will be signed and available via Nelson Square, Central Avenue and Castle Villas.

Announcement: All events & classes in the Market hall have been cancelled and the Hall is closed

Please note- All events & classes in the Market hall have been cancelled and the Hall is closed.

No booking or classed of any kind will be taken until the national lockdown ends and we are out of tier 3 or tier 4.

Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.

Thank you. Stay safe.

Urgent: Road closure notice- Croadalla avenue will be closed to traffic from 5th January

Cumbria county council have issued a urgent road closure notice.

From Tuesday 5th January Croadalla avenue, Orgill will be closed to traffic in both directions. The road is to remain closed for two weeks.

This is due to the ongoing flood defense work that is due to be completed by summer 2021.

Egremont Covid 19 support group bring Christmas cheer and much needed support to many in the community.

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Egremont Covid 19 Group today delivered 25 Christmas parcels to people in our parish from funding from LLWR, they were made up of a £10 tray of meat from Wilsons and Napiers, a £10 box of fruit & veg from Marion’s and a tub of chocolates – we are sure this will be welcomed by every one of them and will help go towards ensuring they have enough to eat and enjoy over Christmas.
On top of this, Age Concern and Westlakes Academy ran a scheme whereby a gift was donated by a pupil from the Academy for the elderly in our parish and today we will be calling on 30 elderly people to give them a small gift to show how appreciated they are in our community and valued.Image may contain: 2 people, table and indoor
The £50 vouchers that were given out to families within the primary schools, again funded by LLWR has been a great success and we are sure that this has been a great help to these families at this time.
Our thanks must go to LLWR, Egremont Town Council and to the Co-op. Wilsons Butchers, Napiers Butchers and Marion’s who agreed to partake in this scheme and who have discreetly served customers who have a voucher and have rounded costs down to accommodate them – thank you all.Image may contain: one or more people, phone, table and indoor
Finally, in this difficult year which is not over yet – our thanks must go to all those volunteers who have assisted our Covid 19 Group in ensuring that people in our community have been looked after and have not felt isolated so to each and every one of you – a massive thank you and we hope that everyone enjoys a safe and happy Christmas and though there will be challenges ahead, we can face them together as a community.Image may contain: food
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NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period

NHS Blood and Transplant and we still need your help this Christmas and New year period.

We have an upcoming blood donation session at Egremont, Town Council Market Hall on 29th January, with lots of available appointments. We would be grateful if you could help us spread the word. 

We are working closely with the rest of the NHS to keep supplying lifesaving blood to hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic and we need people to keep donating as normal. We have extra safety measures in place and every precaution is being taken to eliminate the risk of covid-19 transmission at our blood donation sessions. Having an appointment to give blood is classed as essential travel and will be exempt from any local or national travel restrictions.   

  Black, Asian and minority ethnic donors are also specifically needed right now, because:  

Some patients who receive frequent blood transfusions need blood to be closely matched to their own  

 A number of blood conditions, like sickle cell disease which is treated through blood transfusions, most commonly affect black, Asian and minority ethnic people  

 The best match typically comes from blood donors from the same ethnic background  

  While people from all communities and backgrounds do give blood, fewer than 5% of our blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. This is despite BAME communities representing around 14% of the population. We want to try and readdress this balance.  

Egremont Poster

 We would be very grateful if you were to communicate this message with anyone you feel may be interested in donating blood. I have also attached a poster and some social media graphics which could be displayed in your premises, posted on your channels or forwarded onto individuals to provide more information.

  Whether you are a new or regular donor, please visit blood.co.uk, download the GiveBlood app or call us on 0300 123 23 23 to book an appointment today.   

  Thank you for helping us to save lives.

We hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & a happy New year to you all from Egremont town council

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Egremont Town Council Councillors and Staff would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a more sociable 2021.
 
There is no doubt that 2020 has been the most difficult year in modern years but our community has yet again shown its resilience and ability to just get on with things.
 
We have seen neighbours become friends and help each other, we have witnessed time and time again people’s generosity with both their money and time but we have also seen loneliness and hardship but by matching the two we came through and we continue to do so. We will come through this stronger as a community and recognise that it’s ok to look after yourself as well as others.
 
We should all be proud of our community and carry our tenacity and kindness into 2021. We haven’t seen the end of the virus yet but we in Egremont and Area are better placed to continue the fight and we will overcome. Our strength in our past will help us carve a positive future.
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Egremont town council: office availability over the festive season

Egremont town council office will close from 13:00 hours on Thursday December 24th and will reopen on Tuesday December 29th.

The office will be open from 09:00 until 13:00 on both Tuesday and Wednesday and will close again at 13:00 hours on Thursday December 31st, 

The office will then reopen once again from 09:00 until 13:00 hours from Monday January 4th 2021.