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Fuel issue: Risk of health and social care disruption.

Fuel issue: Risk of health and social care disruption.

There is a significant risk of disruption to health and social care services across Dorset due to the continued panic buying, which has left critical workers struggling to get fuel.

Partners have reported that increasing numbers of staff who need fuel to get to work at hospitals and in acute care settings.

Also, workers who deliver care to vulnerable people in their homes are now reporting difficulties in trying to go about their work.

The risks are coming on top of partner agencies already under pressure because of staff absences due to the pandemic.

More funding for Bikeability courses for children

More funding for Bikeability courses for children

BCP has secured extra funding from the Bikeability Trust to run further cycling training courses at schools and training centers across the region.

The extra funding of £80,500 means our Bikeability team can provide a further 2,183 course places for children this financial year.

The courses cover the whole range of cycle training from teaching children to ride for the first time, all the way up to the finer points of road cycling and dealing with junctions, roundabouts, and traffic queues.

Have your say in our Resident Survey 2021

We’re checking the electoral register is up to date.

Every year, we check the electoral register is up to date. Our doorstep canvassers are now calling at properties that have not yet responded. If a member of our team calls to confirm details please help them or follow the instructions in the for

We're checking the electoral register is up to date.

We’re checking the electoral register is up to date.

Every year, we check the electoral register is up to date. Our doorstep canvassers are now calling at properties that have not yet responded. If a member of our team calls to confirm details please help them or follow the instructions therefor.

                  Latest weekly case figures.

                  Latest weekly case figures.

We are continuing to see a decline in cases in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole this week. The case rates are below both the South West average and the England average. However, the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospitals has slightly risen to 29 this week.

Summary of the most recent data:
7-day case rates per 100,000: 215.9 (compared to 227.0 in the last update on 24 September)
Confirmed cases in the last 7 days: 857 (compared to 901 in the last update on 24 September).

With COVID-19 continuing to circulate in our community, and cases increasing in Dorset, it’s really important that anyone with symptoms gets tested and self-isolates whilst they wait for the result. Regular rapid testing when you haven’t got symptoms is also key to stopping the spread as you can check you’re not infectious and potentially passing the virus on to others. Anyone who hasn’t yet had their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can still book an appointment to get their jab.

Children aged 12 to 15 can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Children aged 12 to 15 can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine

 

The NHS has started to roll out the COVID-19 jab to school children aged 12 to 15, as part of the biggest vaccination drive in health service history. Almost three million children in this age group are eligible for one dose of the Pfizer vaccine following the government’s acceptance of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation.

Like the flu and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, COVID-19 jabs will be delivered by local school age immunisation services (SAIS) who will work closely with schools to identify all eligible children. In line with standard practice for vaccinations in schools, consent letters are being sent out to parents and guardians with information on the COVID-19 vaccination.

Families do not need to contact the NHS to arrange their child’s vaccine, schools and providers will be in touch.

Face coverings in NHS settings still needed

In line with government COVID-19 guidance for healthcare settings, there are still strict infection prevention and control measures in place in NHS settings, to help protect patients and staff.

Everyone visiting hospitals, including patients and visitors, are required to wear a face covering. If you are not able to wear a face-covering or surgical mask, you will be required to wear a visor that is provided, unless you can demonstrate that you are exempt.

If you do not wear a face covering and decline a visor, and you are not exempt, you will not be allowed to enter the hospital.