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Hodnet Doctor Stops Pancake Day

That headline got your attention!

However, this is nothing to do with the esteemed doctors of today’s Hodnet Medical Centre, but relates to an Feb 1886 Newspaper article, topical at the time, that was this week posted on Facebook’s ‘Shropshire Tales, History & Memories page’.

The article comes from Eddowes’s Shrewsbury Journal, and around 20 years after his death it seems Dr Walmsley was clearly still well remembered – perhaps as he seems to have been Hodnet’s first recognisable resident GP as well as a bit of a character.

At least two of his early medicine bottles survive, see picture of one of them below.

Note. The writer is always interested in acquiring more local old bottles and containers, so if you’ve got some to re-home, maybe after a ‘lockdown clear out’, please do get in touch via email at Contact Me

More Volunteers Required

The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust are looking for people to join their new Response Volunteer Scheme at their hospital sites in Shrewsbury and Telford. Volunteers that can respond to service pressures and demands will provide key support to wards and departments, particularly in the difficult winter months, when they see a high rise in demand.

Response volunteers are assigned to a hospital rather than a specific ward or department. These volunteers carry a mobile phone, which means staff can contact them from across the hospital to provide help where it is most needed, when it is most needed. They will be able to do a wide variety of tasks including pharmacy runs, tasks to support the discharge team, delivering patient belongings and messages to the ward and supporting staff welfare.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role and the application process, please contact the Public Participation Team on 01743261473 or email sath.members@nhs.net.

Further business grant scheme opens to support businesses affected by current lockdown

Shropshire Council has launched a new grant scheme to support the county’s businesses which have been affected by the current coronavirus lockdown.

This is a discretionary fund aimed at those who are not eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG). It includes organisations which:

  • have been mandated to close but do not pay business rates
  • do not fall within the eligible sectors outlined for support from LRSG, but have been severely impacted by this latest lockdown.

Applicants who were successful in the first round of funding made available in November 2020 are being asked not to apply again, as these applications will be reassessed and businesses will be awarded any grant money as appropriate. However, those who think that they are eligible for this new round of funding are being encouraged to apply.

The grant fund will be open for applications until Sunday 21 February 2021, but this closing date will depend on the end of the current lockdown and is subject to available funding remaining available.

For further information, and how to apply people should visit the council’s website https://shropshire.gov.uk/covid19darg

Mobile Police Station in Hodnet 1 February 2021

The Mobile Police Station and the Safer Neighbourhood Team will again be in Hodnet on 1st February, between 11:15 – 12:15. They will be located near the village shop/church steps.

They hope that people will pop in to discuss any concerns or issues they might have.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (1-7 January 2021)

From the Shropshire Council website:

During the 7-day period from 1-7 January in Shropshire:

  • 1,457 new cases reported
  • This was an increase of 687 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 450.9 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 599 per 100,000
  • For England it was 610.8 per 100,000
  • 10,228 COVID-19 tests were undertaken in Shropshire
  • There were 20 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire hospitals
  • 86 hospital beds at the Royal Shrewsbury & Princess Royal Hospitals were occupied by COVID-19 patients
  • 498 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 148 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 30% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 42% were in north Shropshire
  • 28% were in south Shropshire

Testing for precautionary symptoms

If you have any of following less common symptoms, we are asking you to consider getting tested as a precaution:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling very tired for no good reason
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children.

There are a number of testing sites across Shropshire which can be booked online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. People can use the option of “my council has asked me to book a test” if they have the other symptoms.

Precautionary tests for COVID-19 now available in Shropshire

People across Shropshire who have symptoms such as headaches, fatigue or sore throats are being urged to book a COVID-19 test.

Shropshire Council has increased its testing capacity as the county looks to strengthen its response to the sharp rise in cases.

Currently, anyone in Shropshire who has one of the main symptoms – a high temperature, new cough or loss of taste or smell – must self-isolate immediately and book a test.

But with more people testing positive, who may who have other symptoms, Shropshire Council is now encouraging anyone to consider getting tested as a precaution if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains
  • Feeling very tired for no good reason
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sometimes ‘tummy ache’ in children.

People with any of these less common COVID-19 symptoms can carry on going to work if they are well enough to do so, and only need to self-isolate if the test comes back positive.

There are a number of testing sites across Shropshire which can be booked online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. People can use the option of “my council has asked me to book a test” if they have the other symptoms.

Further information

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating or shielding), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit our website at www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Volunteers needed to join the battle to beat coronavirus and COVID-19

News from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

Local organisations have joined forces to call on local people across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to be a part of history by giving the gift of their time to help in the county’s fight against coronavirus and COVID-19.

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (Shropshire RCC), Shropshire Youth Association (SYA) and Shropshire Council are working with the county’s health and care organisations to lead a volunteer recruitment campaign to support local rapid testing and vaccination services.

Testing and vaccination are the country’s best hope of a return to more normal life.

#BeAPartOfHistory campaign graphic

#BeAPartOfHistory

The people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin can help by signing up to one of the available roles, including vaccination marshals, car parking marshals, results recorders and reception assistants.

In Shropshire, volunteers are needed to help with the county’s rapid testing programme.

Everyone who registers their interest to volunteer will be risk assessed and before starting their role will receive the appropriate training and induction.

To sign up, people can visit the Shropshire RCC website at www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/covid19volunteers.

Partners involved include Shropshire Rural Communities Charity, Shropshire Youth Association, Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

This volunteer recruitment campaign is part of the local campaign #BeAPartOfHistory which is also looking to recruit current and retired healthcare professionals, but also non-clinical staff in a range of administrative, reception and other front-of-house roles to support the vaccine rollout.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (25-31 December 2020)

This is taken from the Shropshire Council website:

During the 7-day period from 25-31 December 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 770 new cases reported
  • This was an increase of 443 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 238.3 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 420.1 per 100,000
  • For England it was 517.2 per 100,000
  • 269 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 103 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • 71 beds were occupied by COVID-positive patients at the Royal Shrewsbury & Princess Royal Hospitals
  • During the last week 32% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 43% were in north Shropshire
  • 25% were in south Shropshire

During the last week we have also seen a sharp rise in household transmissions – with 50% of new cases being linked to people in the same household.

Our local hospitals are also coming under increasing pressure – so we are pleading with people to stay home as much as possible and limit their contact with people outside their household and support bubbles.

Every social interaction is the opportunity for the virus to infect and spread. The new lockdown restrictions for Shropshire will mean everyone must Stay at Home and may leave only for a limited set of reasons.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (18-24 December 2020)

This is taken direct from Shropshire Council’s website:

During the 7-day period from 18-24 December 2020 in Shropshire:

  • 327 new cases reported
  • This was an increase of 28 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 101.2 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 261.7 per 100,000
  • For England it was 365.7 per 100,000
  • 91 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 35 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 27% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 42% were in north Shropshire
  • 31% were in south Shropshire

Shropshire has now moved into the Tier 3 ‘Very High’ alert level. For all the Government advice on what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions visit www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert

For local advice and support during the pandemic (especially if you are self-isolating), call Shropshire Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0345 678 9028 (lines open on the weekend on Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-12pm) or visit their website

Coronavirus: Shropshire to move into Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions

From 00:01am on 31st December 2020, all parts of Shropshire will enter in to Tier 3 of the Government’s tiered system.

Key changes from Tier 2 to Tier 3 

  • A maximum of six people can meet in an outdoor public space
  • Pubs, restaurants and bars can only open for takeaways
  • Indoor leisure remains open, however classes should not take place
  • Accommodation is now closed
  • It’s advised not to stay overnight in other households, except within your support bubble
  • Wedding receptions are now not permitted
  • Indoor entertainment venues are now closed to the public
  • Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside your local area, meaning your village or town, or part of a city. People should continue to travel for reasons such as work, education, medical attention or if they have caring responsibilities.
  • You can still travel to venues that are open, or for reasons such as work or education, but you should reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible. You should avoid travelling outside your tier 3 area other than for the reasons such as those above.
  • You should avoid higher-risk contact sports and group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with your household or bubble
  • No spectators at sporting events

For all the Government advice on what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions visit www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert.