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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.

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Try the NHS App

Download the NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to get health advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view your GP health record. You can also access your COVID Pass which can be used to demonstrate your Covid-19 status, both vaccination and testing, for travelling or attending events. You can check your own vaccine and testing status whenever you want or need to from a tablet or smartphone.

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School Nurses support local Junior Citizens event

(Pictured: Laura Woods, Practice Teacher)

Children and Family Health Surrey proudly took part in the Reigate and Banstead Junior Citizen Scheme, coordinated by Child Safety Media which ran from 5 -16 July at the Woodhatch Centre, Reigate. 

The aim of the event was to teach children about important issues that are often overlooked by the curriculum, such as personal safety, water safety, rail safety, emotional health and fire safety.

NHS patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings and follow social distancing rules.

Covid-19 restrictions will end in many settings in England from 19 July 2021.  However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

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First Community’s Covid-19 Rehab Team highly commended at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Awards

First Community’s Covid-19 Rehabilitation Team were highly commended in the Respiratory Quality Improvement category at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) Awards 2021.

The KSS AHSN Awards celebrate healthcare excellence across Kent, Surrey and Sussex focussing on collaborations, partnerships and innovations that help the regions accelerate their response to the NHS Long Term Plan.

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First Community publishes 2020-21 Quality Account

First Community has today published its Quality Account for 2020-21.

The annual report outlines the quality of the NHS health and care services we provide across east Surrey and West Sussex.

The quality of First Community services are measured in a number of ways including looking at patient safety, the effectiveness of treatments our patients receive and by evaluating patient feedback about their care and experience.

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District Nursing Team celebrate one million COVID-19 vaccines administered in Surrey Heartlands

On 16 June our District Nursing Team attended Smallfield Centenary Hall to celebrate reaching 1 million COVID-19 vaccines being administered in Surrey Heartlands. Our team lead the co-ordination of COVID-19 vaccines for housebound patients across east Surrey and have played an important part in helping to achieve this incredible milestone.

All adults in the UK can now book a life-saving COVID-19 jab vaccine.

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First Community join the Great British Spring Clean to help keep our streets tidy

(Pictured left to right: Penny Moreton, Occupational Therapist, Su Ryan, Associate Director for Scheduled Care, Michael Head, Financial Accounts and Sarah Billiald, Chief Executive Officer)

On 16 June, First Community joined Keep Britain Tidy on their million mile mission to help keep local streets and parks tidy and protect the environment.