We have tried to include here all the coronavirus information received by the Parish Council that is relevant to people in the community. If you have anything that you think would be useful to add to the website, please email Rose Edwards, the Clerk - email@example.com or telephone 01963 220491
You can also find guidance and local information on the Dorset Council website. https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/home.aspx
Dorset Police website also has useful information with many questions answered in the Frequently Asked Questions section. This includes guidance about window cleaners and self employed gardeners who can continue to work as long as social distancing measures are observed. https://www.dorset.police.uk/covid-19-coronavirus/
15.01.21 Coronavirus Vaccinations Sherborne Area
“We have had another successful week vaccinating our local residents against Covid 19 . Last week we vaccinated over 1000 local residents over 80 years old. This week we have administered 1800 vaccines, amongst the over 80’s , residents and staff of local care and nursing home and also Frontline Health Care workers. A massive thank you to all the staff and volunteers who have helped to make this happen.
We are awaiting notification of our vaccine delivery for next week. We shall next be targeting the elderly housebound and the cohort aged 75-79. We are on schedule to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents by the middle of February.
However if you are over 80 and registered with either The Apples Medical Centre, Yetminster Health Centre or The Grove Medical Centre and are not housebound and for some reason HAVEN’T already been invited for a Covid Vaccination, please get in touch with your surgery to arrange one.
Please remember that vaccination is by appointment only and we will get in touch with you to arrange a vaccination date and time. It is important that we have your up to date details so that we can get in touch with you. We will make increasing use of mobile phones and texting to make contact, so please ensure we have your latest mobile phone number. Visit your surgery website to find out how you can easily update your contact details. Do not be concerned if you do not have a mobile phone as we will still reach you by landline.
Covid infections locally still remain much higher than in the first wave and there are still a significant number of new cases locally each week, so please follow the rules and stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Please ensure this message reaches those who may not have seen it.
Dr Rob Childs
Covid vaccination Lead for Sherborne Area Network
07.01.21 Coronavirus Vaccinations Sherborne Area
We are delighted to report that our first Covid vaccination clinic running at the Digby Hall in Sherborne is going very well. By the end of tomorrow we will have vaccinated 1200 of our over 80s and health and social care staff.
Our care homes residents and staff will start receiving their vaccinations from next Monday and we will be running further vaccination clinics at the hall by appointment only, on Wednesday and Thursday next week. Please do not contact us for your appointment, we will contact you when it is your turn for the vaccination.
All three practices are working extremely hard at the moment to ensure that we get as many patients vaccinated as soon as we can, but we are still open on our practice sites. If you have any other health concerns, please contact your surgery as normal.
Dr Rob Childs
02.01.21 Coronavirus Vaccinations Sherborne Area
Happy New Year!
We have some good news to start the year off. We will be receiving our first batch of vaccine (Pfizer Biotech) next week and our first Covid vaccination clinics will be taking place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th at The Digby Hall, by the library in Sherborne. These will be BY APPOINTMENT only.
We will be following the government recall process on prioritisation of the vaccinations. Our first cohort will be approximately 1000 patients over the age of 80 based on their age and clinical risk. Do not worry if you or your relative is over 80 and doesn’t get called this week, we will be calling the remainder as soon as we get confirmation of our next delivery which will hopefully be the following week.
Following on from this this we would hope to vaccinate a 1000 patients per week so that we can immunise as many people as possible in a short a time as possible.
We will also be going into our local care and residential homes to vaccinate residents and staff within the next few weeks as well.
This good news however is not a reason for complacency. COVID numbers are rising in the Sherborne area. We had 40 cases locally last week which is a 50% increase on the week before. Please adhere to social distancing rules and protect yourselves and others. The finish line is now in sight, so please stay safe until we get there.
Dr Rob Childs
PLEASE DO NOT CALL US TO BOOK YOUR VACCINATION. YOUR SURGERY WILL CONTACT YOU.
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22.12.20 - Coronavirus Vaccinations Sherborne Area
Dr Rob Childs has published the following message today to all patients of the Sherborne Area Primary Care Network (the Grove and Apples Medical Centres and the Yetminster Health Centre)
We are all concerned by the variant of Covid that is spreading in the South East of England. Rates of infection locally however remain below the national average and if we follow guidance on Hands, Space and Face and the rules on gathering at Xmas, we should be able to keep the rate of infection low.
Some sites in Dorset and Somerset have commenced vaccination and we have a site in Sherborne identified, which is awaiting authorisation and delivery of vaccine and equipment. The logistics of delivering a vaccine that has to be stored at -70 degrees is considerable but we have learned from the first wave sites as how best to manage this. It is also anticipated that the Oxford vaccine will become available shortly, which will ease logistic issues and increase our capacity to vaccinate you.
We anticipate commencing our local vaccination campaign, during the week commencing 4th January 2021. We will be vaccinating those who are most vulnerable first ( over 80 and those in care homes) and those recommended nationally by the JCVI.
The clinics will be by appointment only and we will get in touch with you to make appointments. Please do not call us, we will contact you.
We plan to vaccinate at least 1000 patients per week when vaccine supplies will allow this so that we can protect all of you who may be vulnerable to this illness and in as short as time as possible. This will be a considerable challenge for the local surgeries to deliver and I ask you to understand that we may need to prioritise some work so that we have the capacity to deliver this programme as we would like.
I wish you all a Happy and Safe Christmas
Dr Rob Childs
GP lead for Covid Vaccination in the Sherborne Area Network
Dorset residents encouraged to use NHS Test and Trace service
From this week, Dorset Council has developed its messages, asking people to “Respect our communities”
- Park considerately
- Stay 2m apart from others
- Don’t have BBQs or fires
- Take your rubbish home
No overnight stays
Sherborne HRC (tip) will reopen on Tuesday 2 June, however, there will be different measures in place for visitors to follow. All visitors wishing to use Sherborne HRC will need to first proceed to the Terrace Playing Fields car-park (situated on the southern edge of Sherborne at Dancing Hill). Here, you will take a paper ticket (like a supermarket deli counter) and join the queue for the HRC. When the queue at the HRC becomes short enough, you will be directed by on-site staff to travel to the HRC to drop off your waste. Visitors without a ticket will not be able to enter the recycling centre. Further details on the Dorset Council page in the link below.
Dorset Council press release - visitors, coronavirus in Dorset and car parks - re-opening and payment methods
Dorset Council Press Release regarding easing of lock down restrictions
The Grove Medical Centre and The Apples Medical Centre, Sherborne have sent the following important message for patients.
**REQUEST TO PATIENTS** Due to our limited supplies of face masks, if you have an appointment at the surgery and have your own mask or facial covering (doesn't need to be medical grade) we would really appreciate it if you could please wear it to save our supplies. We would also ask that if you are able, please attend the surgery on your own. Thank you so much!
Update on advertising planning applications in the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area
We have been notified that the Blackmore Vale Magazine has suspended publication for a temporary period due to the Covid-19 situation. Any planning applications requiring press advertisements that would normally be advertised in the Blackmore Vale Magazine will be publicised in the Western Gazette instead from 24 April onwards. This affects the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area only.
Dorset’s latest co-ordinated community response briefing is here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/co-ordinated-community-response-brief.pdf
Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.
Dorset Council have set up a community shield helpline for the public – this is available to all those qualifying for shielding under the government criteria of shielding for vulnerability, and for their carers and supporters. (Patients who qualify will have been sent a letter advising them to shield).
Contact: 01305 221022 firstname.lastname@example.org
No problem is too small to ask for help with – calls so far have asked for meds delivery, pet food collection, an isolation phone chat, info on Govt. food parcels etc.
The Grove Medical Centre has also issued new guidance on ordering medication and procedures at local pharmacies and on child vaccinations. Please see the Grove section in the drop down menu above.
Waste services: Important new rubbish and recycling guidance for all Dorset residents
New guidance from NHS Dorset - see information in the Covid-19 drop down menu above
From the end of Friday 27 March, Dorset Council waste services (previously known as the Dorset Waste Partnership) will be suspending all Garden Waste kerbside collections
Recycling and rubbish collections press release from Dorset Council - link below and text on the Recycling tab above.
Message from Dorset Police to the community about coronavirus