OCTOBER 2020 Over the last few weeks we have continued to see a rise in Covid-19 cases in Surrey, reflecting the increase we have seen nationally. Whilst many areas in the county remain below the national rate of infection, we have seen a spike in cases in some parts of Surrey, including in Elmbridge, which moved into ‘tier 2’ of the new government system earlier this month. As a county, it’s clear we need to continue to follow social distancing measures and keep up good inflection control, where simple things like washing your hands well and often continues to help reduce the spread. It’s also really important we follow the new restrictions, where these have come into force in areas such as Elmbridge so together we can get the infection rate in the county back down.
AUGUST 2020 It’s been another busy month and our primary focus remains on recovery and getting frontline services back up and running for patients.
At the end of July we received further guidance from NHS England and Improvement on recovery, which included clear expectations around restoring activity to pre-Covid levels at pace. We are very fortunate to have such strong partnerships across Surrey Heartlands and working collaboratively will continue to be key as we work to restore services so patients continue to receive the care and treatment they need.
MAY 2020 Health and care staff across Surrey have been working tirelessly to care for patients during this Covid-19 pandemic and continue to do so. On a personal level, I have been truly humbled by the fantastic work and collaboration from colleagues in the face of this virus; from staff working flat out on the front-line, the support workers behind the scenes who are keeping things going, to the determination of people to make seemingly impossible things happen. More about our response is included below.
APRIL 2020 Since the announcements made by the Prime Minister just over a week ago around more stringent social distancing, we have all found ourselves living very different lives. And whilst we are hugely concerned about the impact this virus will have, both the serious risk to our health and lives, but also in terms of jobs and the wider economy, it is those small (and so often big) acts of kindness that truly bring us together as a community.
FEBRUARY 2020 The COVID-19 virus, also known as novel Coronavirus. The worst-hit countries are intensifying their efforts to contain the virus as the number of cases globally surpasses 80,000. Meanwhile the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. Fortunately the risk to individuals here remains low. You can find the latest information within the Newsletter.
JANUARY 2020 Dr Charlotte Canniff, GP in Sunbury and current Clinical Chair at North West Surrey CCG, has been elected as the Clinical Chair Designate for the proposed new Surrey Heartlands CCG; and Dr Pramit Patel, GP at Greystone House Surgery in Redhill is our new Clinical Director Lead for Primary Care Networks.
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Surrey Heartlands is a partnership of local health and care organisations; we’re all working together – doctors, nurses, other clinicians and staff – in partnership with local residents and patients to improve health and care services for local people.
We’re really excited about our plans, which bring together health and social care so we can make better and more sensible plans to keep our services improving and working well into the future. In particular, we are doing three things we think will make a big difference:
Devolution – greater control of budgets and accountability for the decisions we make locally
Developing a Clinical Academy – so all local people have access to the best and most innovative care