Health

Covid-19 vaccine update

Over 70s and shielded patients encouraged to book now

Anyone aged 70 and over or on the Shielded Patients List (because they are clinically extremely vulnerable) who has not yet had a first dose vaccine can use the National Booking System to book an appointment. You do not need a letter from the NHS.

Members of the public not in these groups still need to wait for a letter.

You can book for yourself or on behalf of a relative. The person being vaccinated will need to be registered with a GP. You’ll need the name, date of birth and home postcode of the person being vaccinated. The person’s NHS number is helpful but not essential.

You can use the national booking service to arrange an appointment at one of three large vaccination centres or seven community pharmacy-led services in the county.

The nearest vaccination centre is in Folkestone

Pharmacy services are running in:

  • New Romney Pharmacy, vaccinations at New Romney Old School
  • Pharmacy2U, Maidstone, vaccinations at Odeon Cinema, Lockmeadow.

There is no restriction on where you live, you can book at any of these sites if slots are available.

To book visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

If you can’t book online, you can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days-a-week. British Sign Language, text relay and interpreter services are available.

GP-run vaccine services and housebound visits

The national booking service cannot make appointments for GP services or home visits.

GPs and their teams continue to invite people to local vaccination services and are prioritising going out to housebound patients who haven’t already been vaccinated.

If people over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable, who have not yet had a first dose Covid-19 vaccine, want to use GP services they should now contact their GP practice. 

Members of the public not in these groups still need to wait to be contacted. Please do not call your GP practice at this stage.

NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
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Covid-19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 vaccine information

Who is being vaccinated?

NHS England and NHS Kent and Medway CCG are currently vaccinating people in the first four priority groups, i.e.:

  • 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 

Kent and Medway CCG expect all people in these groups to have been invited to be vaccinated by 15th February 2020.

The full Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) list of priory groups is is on gov.uk

How do I make an appointment for my vaccination?

Do not contact NHS or your GP to ask for a vaccination, they should contact you. If you are over 70 years of age and have not been invited by 15th February contact your GP then (please remember that your GP surgery is very busy use the contact methods given on their website).

Where are vaccinations being given?

In Ashford urban area vaccinations are currently being given at:

  • St, Stephens Medical Centre
    for patients of the Ashford Medical Partnership: Willesborough Health Centre, Singleton Health Centre and St Stephens Health Centre
  • Musgrove Park Medical Centre, Ashford
    foe patients of Ashford Stour PCN: Hollington Surgery, Kingsnorth Medical Practice, New Hayesbank Surgery, Sellindge Surgery, Sydenham House Medical Centre and Wye Surgery
    and
  • The Wiliam Harvey Hospital

Other centres are listed on the KMCCG website

Only visit a vaccination centre if you have an appointment.
there is no walk-in service at any centre.

If you are undergoing treatment at another hospital you may be invited to be vaccinated at that hospital. If this involves a substantial journey you can ask to be vaccinated at a local centre.

How will I get the vaccine if I am housebound?

If you are known to be housebound through illness or disability you will be contacted to arrange your vaccination at home, either through your GP or Kent Community Health Foundation NHS Trust (KCHFT).

At the vaccination centre

  • Ensure you are wearing a clean face mask.
  • Do not arrive before the time given on your appointment.
  • Please attend alone unless you are unable to.
  • Follow instructions given on your invitation or at the centre regarding announcing your arrival.
  • You may have to wait – please maintain social distancing from other patients.
  • Before being vaccinated you should be asked some questions about your medical history or to allow the vaccinator to access your medical records.
  • After vaccination you will be given a card with information about your vaccination. It is important to keep this card.
  • You should be given an appointment for your second vaccination within 12 weeks of your first.
  • You should wait at the vaccination centre, as instructed, for 15 minutes after your vaccination.

After vaccination

You must continue to follow current regulations and advice related to Covid-19, i.e.:

  • Hands: wash your hands regularly
  • Face: wear a face covering inside shops and other buildings to which the public have access
  • Space: maintain 2m distance from people not in your household
  • During lockdown:

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried,

  • call 111.
  • inform your GP
  • inform the centre where you were vaccinated, or
  • submit a report to the MHRA

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

Front line workers

All front line health and social care workers should be invited for a vaccination by their employer.

Agency workers on a long term deployment should be vaccinated through the organisation they are working for.

Agency workers on short term deployments should be have their vaccination arranged by their agency.

If you are working directly on the front line in health or social care and have not be invited for vaccination, contact the organisation through which you are working first or KMCCG.

KMCCG are consulting with the government regarding including other key workers in a priority group.

More information

There is more information about Covid-19 vaccination on the KMCCG website: www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine

including these answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/coronavirus/covid19vaccine/covid-19-vaccination-programme-frequently-asked-questions

and on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Scam Alert

The Covid-19 Vaccine will always be available free of charge

The NHS will not ask for bank or financial details to confirm your identity

Covid vaccine scam

Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, has received a number of reports in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting the coronavirus and keeping people safe. Thankfully, the number of reports into Action Fraud are relatively low but we have seen an increase in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages. 

If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

Action Fraud has received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.  

Booking a Coronavirus vaccination

If you have received a letter inviting you to book a coronavirus vaccination, book it directly from the NHS website:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/

Do not use links in emails or texts.

Do not try to book a vaccination if you have not received a letter.

Covid-19 scams

Watch out for other Covid-19 related scams. Visit our Covid-19 scam post

Report Fraud

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Stay at Home

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Stay at homeMeeting OthersExercise
You must not leave, or be outside of your
home or garden, except for a very limited set of exemptions e.g. to shop for basic
necessities, exercise, go to work if you cannot do so from home, or to escape
risk of harm.
You cannot leave your home to meet
socially with anyone, except with your
household or support bubble (if eligible to
form one). Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.
You may exercise on your own, with your
household or support bubble, or with one
person from another household (when on
your own). Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.
RetailPersonal CareLeisure and Sporting Facilities
Essential shops can open. Non-essential
retail must close and can only run click-andcollect and delivery
ClosedClosed, with limited exceptions.
Bars, Pubs and RestaurantsWork and BusinessEducation
Hospitality closed aside from sales by
takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect,
drive-through or delivery. Alcohol cannot be purchased through takeaway or
click-and-collect from hospitality venues.
Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.Early years settings open. Primary and
secondary schools and colleges move to
remote provision except for vulnerable
children and children of critical workers.
Most university students to move to
remote learning.
TravellingAccommodationOvernight Stays
You must stay at home. If you do leave
home for a very limited set of exemptions,
you should stay local in the village, town,
or part of the city where you live where
possible. Do not travel abroad unless an
exemption applies.
Closed (with limited exceptions)You must not stay overnight away from
home. Limited exceptions apply e.g. to stay with your support bubble.
EntertainmentPlaces of WorshipWeddings and Funerals
ClosedPlaces of worship can remain open and
communal worship is permitted, but you
must not mix with those outside your
household or support bubble
Funerals of up to 30 people permitted.
Weddings up to 6 people permitted in
exceptional circumstances. Wakes and other linked ceremonial events of up to 6 permitted.
MedicalClinically Extremely VulnerableCare Home Visits
You can leave home for a medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, for medical appointments and emergencies.Shielding reintroduced across England. You
should not travel to work, school, college
or university and should limit the time you spend outside the home. You should only
go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential.
Visits can take place with arrangements
such as substantial screens, visiting pods, or behind windows. Close-contact indoor visits are not allowed. No visits will be permitted in the event of an outbreak but end of life visits are permitted in all circumstances.
Harm and compassionate visitsAnimal welfare
You can leave home to be with someone who is giving birth, to avoid injury or illness or to escape risk of harm (such as domestic abuse). you can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.

Kent in Tier 4

The whole of Kent is now under the new Tier 4 (Stay at Home) Coronavirus rules.

You must stay at home other than for specified reasons.

The restrictions apply throughout the the Christmas period.
You cannot participate in a Christmas Bubble.

Meeting Friends and FamilyWork and BusinessEducation
No household mixing, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spacesEveryone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open during term time. Registered childcare, other supervised activities for childcare purposes, and childcare bubbles permitted
ExerciseRetailPersonal Care
You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household. Outdoor sport allowed but gatherings limit applies except for youth and disabled sport.Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect and delivery.Closed
Bars, Pubs and RestaurantsIndoor LeisureEntertainment
Hospitality closed, aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.ClosedIndoor entertainment closed. Some outdoor attractions may remain open.
TravellingAccommodationOvernight Stays
You must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. if you must travel, you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make. You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home. Residents in Tiers 1 — 3 should not enter ‘Fer 4 areas. Do not travel abroad if you live in a Tier 4 area unless an exemption applies.Closed (with limited exceptions)You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply.
Places of WorshipWeddings and Funerals
Open for private prayer and communal worship, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.Funerals of up to 30 people permitted
Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six.
Weddings of up to six can continue in exceptional circumstances.
Residential CareClinically Extremely Vulnerable
You can visit relatives in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.The Clinically Extremely Vuinerable are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments.

Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Consultation

Kent County Council, Kent and Medway CCG

Kent’s Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2021-2024

Opened: 02 December 2020
Closes: 04 February 2021

Kent County Council and the NHS in Kent and Medway are keen to hear your views and opinions about their new special educational needs and disabilities strategy for children and young people in Kent.

The strategy sets out our ambitions to make sure that all children in Kent have equal access to support and education that meets their unique needs and that they and their families are supported to live their best life.

It also explains how we will shape our services for children and their families in a way that improves wellbeing, resilience and learning in our communities.

The strategy has been prepared jointly by Kent County Council and the NHS in partnership with children and young people, parents and carers, Kent PACT and other key stakeholders.

We recommend you read the draft Strategy before completing the questionnaire using the link at the bottom of the post.

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents

Respond

Kent County Council
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Kent: Tier 3 Coronavirus Alert

The UK Government has allocated Tier 3 Alert level to the whole of Kent and Medway, despite Ashford having only 126 cases per 100,000 population at 26 November 2020, compared with the national average of 201 cases per 100,000 1.

The following is a summary of restrictions that will apply to Kent and Medway from 2nd December:

Meeting Friends and Family

No mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles.

Maximum of six in some outdoor public spaces (e.g. parks, sports courts, public gardens).

Bars, pubs and restaurants

Hospitality is closed, with the exception of sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery.

Retail

Open

Entertainment

Indoor venues closed

Personal Care

Open

Travel

Avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary such as for work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring
responsibilities.

Reduce the number of journeys made where possible.

Overnight stays

No overnight stays outside of local area, unless necessary for work, education or similar reasons.

Accommodation

Closed (with limited exceptions such as work purposes or where people cannot return home)

Work and business

Everyone who can work from home should do so.

Education

Early years settings, schools, colleges & universities open.

Registered childcare, other supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles permitted.

Places of worship

Open, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.

Weddings and funerals

15 guests for weddings, civil partnerships and wakes; 30 for funerals.

Wedding receptions not permitted.

Exercise

Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity.

Group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with household or bubble.

Organised activities for elite athletes, under-18s and disabled people can continue.

Indoor leisure e.g gyms and swimming

Open

Large Events – Elite Sport, Live Performances & Business

Events should not take place; Drive-in events permitted.

Cabinet Office: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-winter-plan/covid-19-winter-plan

1. Kent County Council

Urgent treatment centre open

The urgent treatment centre at the William Harvey Hospital is now open.

Urgent treatment centres provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life threatening.

Urgent treatment centres are GP-led, open at least 12 hours a day (24 hours at the main hospital sites), and are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for. 

Call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk  to find out which service is best for you.

NHS 111 can signpost you to the nearest service and, where appropriate, can book you an appointment at the Urgent Treatment Centre.

The Urgent Treatment Centre can treat:

  • sprains and strains
  • suspected broken limbs
  • minor head injuries
  • cuts and grazes
  • bites and stings
  • minor scalds and burns
  • ear and throat infections
  • skin infections and rashes
  • eye problems
  • coughs and colds
  • feverish illness in adults
  • feverish illness in children
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • emergency contraception

Urgent Treatment Centres need to comply with government guidelines on social distancing and provide safe environments for both patients and staff.

NHS are encouraging people to call NHS 111 to book an appointment ahead of visiting. This means you won’t have to wait at a centre for an appointment and it will help ensure the safety of everyone.  

Coronavirus National Restrictions

5 November to 2 December

National restrictions apply to England

Meeting IndoorsMeeting OutdoorsWeddings and Funerals
You cannot meet anybody socially Indoors unless they are in your household or support bubbleYou can meet with 1 person from another household in outdoor public spaces, following social distancing.
Children under 5 and anyone dependent on continuous care do not count towards the 2 person limit.
Weddings and Civil partnership ceremonies can only take place where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover.
Funerals can take place with up to 30 people in attendance.
Working from homeEssential ShopsNon-essential Retail
You must work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home you should continue to go to work (unless you are clinically extremely vulnerable).Open. Essential shops should follow COVID secure guidelines.Closed. Can only open for click-and-collect and delivery services.
ExerciseLeisure and GymsHospitality
You can exercise outside on your own or with your household; your support bubble or one person from another househoid.Closed. Except for allotments and outdoor playgrounds.Closed except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive through and delivery sevvices. Takeaway not permitted after 22:00.
EducationHealthcare ServicesResidential Care
Early years, schools and FE colleges open. Universities must reflect wider restrictions.You can leave home for any medical reason.Care homes are encouraged to provide safe, COVID-secure visiting opportunities. See the guidance for detaiis on how to keep visits safe.
TravelPublic TransportOvernight Stays
You must not travel in the UK or overseas other than for permitted reasons, including work, eduration, medical reasons, caring responsibilities or for essential retail.You may still use public transport, but should only travel for permitted reasons and should look to reduce the number of journeys you make, avoid travelling at peak times and walk or cycle where you can.Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences are not allowed, except for work and other exempt purposes.
Entertainment and tourismVulnerable PeopleWorship
Entertainment venues are closed. Public gardens at visitor attractions are open.If you are 60+ or clinically vulnerable be especially carefui to follow the rules and minimise contacts with others. If you are ciinicaliy extremely vulnerable you are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend essenliai health appoinlments.Closed. Except for:
funerals.
broadcasting acts of worship, and
individual prayer.
ChildcareYouth Clubs and Activities
Registered childcare and childcare activities open to enable parents to work, or for respite care. Parents can form a childcare bubble with another household For informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.Some youth services are able to continue, such as 1-1 youth work and support groups, but most youth clubs and groups will need to cease for this period.

For more information and detailed guidance visit gov.uk/voronavirus

UK government

NHS Covid-19 App

Download the NHS Covid-19 App to

  • Get alerted if you’ve been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus.
  • Find the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district.
  • Get alerted if you have visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus.
  • Check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to order a free test.
  • Book a test and get your result.
  • Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant advice.

Download for iphone:
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-covid-19/id1520427663

Download for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.nhs.covid19.production

The NHS COVID-19 app protects your privacy and identity from other app users, and their privacy and identity from you. The app uses random IDs that cannot be used by the NHS or the government to identify who you are, or who you’ve spent time with.

The app cannot:

  • use your GPS location or track where you have been
  • be used to check or monitor if you’re self-isolating
  • be used by law enforcement to identify or track you
  • see personal information on your phone, such as your messages, address book or your phone contacts

More information: https://covid19.nhs.uk/