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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.  
 

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Surge testing to be deployed in Reigate and Banstead

In light of increased COVID variant cases in the north of Reigate and Banstead district, as many residents as possible are being encouraged to get tested, regardless of whether they have symptoms. This is to ensure that positive cases are identified as quickly as possible, and so those people who test positive can isolate and hence slow the spread of the virus within the community.

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New Gypsy Roma and Traveller drop-in clinic opens followed by a visit from an NHS England Lead

(Pictured: Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) Health Team with Cheryl Wood, GRT Advice and Guidance Officer and Amanda Deadman Action for Carers)

On Thursday 3 June, Children and Family Health Surrey’s Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) Health Team opened a new drop-in clinic to support GRT families across Surrey.

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First Community pledges its support this Carers Week

First Community Health and Care has pledged to support carer colleagues and patients to ensure they know how to access any information or support they need.

The public pledge was made to mark the start of Carers Week 2021, which takes place from 7 to 13 June. The annual, national campaign to raise awareness of caring, aims to highlight the challenge unpaid carers face and to recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - latest information and advice

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.