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First Community prepares for huge demand for Long Covid rehab treatment

As Covid-19 cases across Surrey continue to fall, First Community Health and Care is preparing for an increased demand for its Long Covid rehab service.

Since its launch at the end of December, more than 80 patients have been referred to the Long Covid rehab clinic pathway, with many suffering persistent symptoms including continued coughs, shortness of breath, fatigue and a limited tolerance to exercise, months after having Covid-19.

Community nurses support GPs in roll out of Covid-19 vaccine to vulnerable housebound residents

First Community’s district nursing teams have been supporting the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations to housebound residents in east Surrey.

So far more than 200 elderly, housebound people have received their vaccination since community nurses began assisting local GPs in carrying out the vaccinations at the end of January.

Volunteers sought for First Community's new patient panel

Volunteers willing to give a patient’s perspective on NHS community services in east Surrey are being sought for a new patient panel.

First Community Health and Care is launching the panel to enable the public to have more input into the way its community health services are provided and developed.

To achieve its aim of delivering community based healthcare that suits the needs of its patients, First Community wants to listen to the voices, views and opinions of those in the community it serves.

Festive arrangements

First Community would like to thank our staff, partners and all those working over the holiday period to provide health care across our community.

Our Minor Injury Unit at Caterham Dene hospital will remain open as normal from 8am to 8pm daily for those aged 18 plus throughout the holiday period.

Please call 01883 837517 to discuss visiting Caterham Dene Hospital ward as the team will be able to provide the most up to date information.

New online resource for pregnant women and their partners in Surrey

We know choice is important to you when you’re pregnant and planning where to have your baby and to receive your postnatal care.

The new Healthy Surrey Maternity web pages are a great source of information, helpfully held in a single location, for all of your maternity needs. They will help you to decide which maternity services will suit you best, and also include conception advice and support available to you during your pregnancy.