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First Community launches Urgent Community Response (UCR) Service

First Community Health and Care today launches its Urgent Community Response (UCR) Service.

The new, multidisciplinary UCR team will provide an urgent response in the community to east Surrey residents seven days a week from 8am to 8pm, giving patients the right care in the right place, including in their home if it is safe to do so, to prevent hospital admissions or readmissions.

Friends of Caterham Dene raise over £65,000 to improve facilities at Caterham Dene Hospital

Friends of Caterham Dene raise over £65,000 to improve facilities at Caterham Dene Hospital

Pictured left to right - Steve Slade (Treasurer), Helen Denton (Chairman), Linda Woodland (Trustee), Jean Mallery (Trustee), John Hazell (Chief Executive Officer) Friends of Caterham Dene Hospital.

Over the past year local charity, Friends of Caterham Dene Hospital, have gone above and beyond to raise money for large scale projects, including one which has seen the hospital benefit from new air conditioning technology.

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Volunteers sought for a new First Community Network to help shape the future of community health services in east Surrey and parts of West Sussex

Today the First Community Network launches, giving members of the public the opportunity to have an input into the way community health services are provided and developed in east Surrey and parts of West Sussex.

To achieve its aim of delivering first-rate community healthcare, First Community wants to listen to the voices, views, and opinions of those in the community it serves and give people a choice of how they would like to be involved.

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Help us to keep you safe when attending our Minor Injury Unit

Members of the public are reminded not to attend the Minor Injury Unit (MIU) at Caterham Dene Hospital if they are displaying any symptoms of Covid.

If patients or visitors displaying Covid symptoms attend the unit, we are required to temporarily close it to undertake a deep clean to reduce the risk of infection and keep all staff and other patients at the site safe.

You can help us to keep you safe by:

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Warning issued over E-coli in water supplies in the Oxted area

Homeowners in and around Oxted are being advised to boil their tap water after tests showed that supplies could be affected by the bacteria E-coli.

SES Water are working to investigate and fix the problem.

Customers should boil their water – and then let it cool – before using it for drinking, preparing food or cleaning their teeth.

You can find affected postcodes here:

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Happy 10th Birthday First Community!

Colleagues from across First Community Health and Care came together to virtually party today (Wednesday) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the organisation’s formation.

The exciting milestone was marked with an online party where staff past and present, partners and a variety of stakeholders shared their thoughts and anecdotes of First Community’s evolution and wishes for the organisation’s next 10 years and beyond.

Joseph Hodgson presents cheque to Sarah Billiald, First Community CEO (left) and his physiotherapist Julie Sinclair (centre)

Determined schoolboy with cerebral palsy raises over £1,400 for NHS paediatric physios

A six-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has walked and cycled 70 miles to raise over £1,400 for the paediatric physiotherapy unit in Horley at which he is treated.

Joseph Hodgson was born with cerebral palsy and has left hemiplegia - which is the paralysis of the left side of his body – and affects his left leg and foot as well as his left arm.

Know when to seek help if your baby or child is unwell

New web pages for coping with minor illnesses and injuries in babies and children

The Healthy Surrey website now provides parents and carers with advice and information on how to manage minor illnesses and injuries in babies and children.

Fiona Whitaker, Senior Commissioner for Paediatric Services at Surrey Heartlands, said: “When babies and children are unwell it can be a really worrying time for parents and carers and it’s important that they know when to seek help, as well as being able to treat minor illnesses and injuries safely at home.