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Regrettably, due to the Covid Lockdown restrictions, there will be no February edition of the Parish Magazine.

The editors hope that the March edition will be possible and welcome all contributions of material.

Roadworks 25-27 January 2021

A couple of sets early this week:

On the A442 between Radmoor crossroads and the Espley roundabout poles are being installed. There will be two-way signals and delays are possible.

Mickley Lane will be shut so that Severn Trent can put in a new water pipe outside Oak Tree Farm. There is a lengthy diversion.

Shropshire COVID-19 update (8-14 January 2021)

During the 7-day period from 8-14 January 2021 in Shropshire:

  • 1,364 new cases reported
  • This was a decrease of 93 cases compared to the previous week
  • The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 422.1 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 of the population.
  • For the West Midlands it was 560.6 per 100,000
  • For England it was 499.1 per 100,000
  • There were 25 COVID-19-related deaths in Shropshire
  • 382 cases relate to people under the age of 30
  • 99 cases relate to people aged 70+
  • During the last week 29% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
  • 46% were in north Shropshire
  • 25% were in south Shropshire

Despite a slight decrease this week, cases in Shropshire remain worryingly high. Compared with the same week in December, Shropshire had only 293 cases – this is an increase of 359% in positive cases in a month. 

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.

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.

A53 Closure 21-27 January 2021

In Shawbury, between Shawbury Garden Centre and the Mytton Lane junction.

The road will be CLOSED, Monday – Friday, between 09:00 and 16:30 for resurfacing.

The diversion route – A49, A41 – is unfortunately long.

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.

Covid 19 Vaccination News

From the website of Hodnet Medical Centre:

We are very pleased to announce that Robert Jones Agnes Hunt Hospital at Gobowen has been approved as a vaccination site for North Shropshire Practices.  We are now able to book a limited number of patients to go there to have their vaccine.  Please bear with us as we contact the most clinically vulnerable patients first.  

We are experiencing a very high number of calls from patients asking about the vaccine.  This is blocking our phone lines for patients phoning with clinical queries and stopping us from being able to phone patients to book their vaccine.  Please be assured that we will contact patients when it is their turn.

We hope to soon be starting the vaccinating of our care home patients and staff.

Despite the announcement in the news media we have no further information about if or when we might get vaccines at the surgery.  We are not able to influence this in any way. At this point in time all we know is that we can send a limited number of patients to Gobowen for the Pfizer vaccine.