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Community helpline receives 250 calls a day

Surrey’s coronavirus community helpline is receiving 250 calls a day from people needing support or volunteering to help others. Call handlers equipped to work remotely are making sure that vulnerable people who need support are matched with groups or services which can help. They are working closely with colleagues in Surrey’s district and boroughs councils … Continue reading

Health & Activity bodies encourage people to stay in or stay local to exercise

The heads of the county’s Public Health operation and Active Surrey have urged people to continue following official guidance on the need to stay home and exercise responsibly. With the Easter bank holiday weekend upon us, with weather getting warmer, people will no doubt be tempted to venture out. While exercise and fresh air remain … Continue reading

Surrey parents struggling to provide family meals urged to seek support – food is available

Surrey parents struggling to provide meals for their children during the coronavirus pandemic are being urged to seek help to access the food that they need. Easter and the school holidays, alongside the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, are likely to bring added pressure for many families. Those finding it hard to put food … Continue reading

New arrangements to cope with expected rise in deaths

In order to reduce the pressure on hospital mortuaries, Surrey County Council has today announced two additional temporary mortuaries; one at the Surrey Fire & Rescue Service’s Headquarters in Reigate and the other at the Pathology Centre at the University of Surrey’s Vet School in Guildford. These new arrangements are to ensure the deceased are … Continue reading

Urgent appeal for Personal Protective Equipment

Surrey County Council is appealing to businesses for vital personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to help protect frontline workers delivering essential services to Surrey residents during Covid-19.  As the nation faces unprecedented demand for PPE, there is a very limited supply coming into the county for social workers, care home staff, firefighters and volunteers, with … Continue reading

Headley Court to serve as a temporary community hospital for Surrey Heartlands

Partners across Surrey are working together to plan and manage our response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. Part of this response has been to develop plans for an additional community-style hospital to deal with increasing patient numbers as this situation develops. Headley Court will now re-open and serve as a temporary community hospital. Leader of … Continue reading

Food deliveries begin from Spectrum Centre hub to most vulnerable residents

Food parcels are starting to be delivered from a Surrey hub to vulnerable people who are shielding from coronavirus. Guildford’s Spectrum Leisure Centre has been turned into a base for sending out food supplies on behalf of the Government to hundreds of people who are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 due to medical conditions. An army … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue implements plans to modernise

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service implements its Making Surrey Safer Plan this week which will see significantly more resources dedicated to preventing emergencies. A detailed risk analysis using data from 999 calls over the past 5 years and intelligence about the areas of highest risk in Surrey showed that the service had additional resources available … Continue reading

Latest service updates from Surrey County Council

A number of Surrey County Council’s services are now impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and government guidance to slow its spread, protecting vulnerable people and key services and workers. Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “These are unprecedented times, and it calls for unprecedented action. We all must do everything we can to … Continue reading

AUDIO: Council Leader Tim Oliver speaks to BBC Surrey about Coronavirus

Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver speaks to BBC Surrey to provide an update on the response to COVID-19 and pay tribute to dedicated frontline staff. – Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey.

Surrey Local Resilence Forum steps up Coronavirus response with Major Incident declaration

As the nation continues to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak, the Surrey Local Resilience Forum (LRF) is now responding to pandemic as a major incident – to formalise and better support the partnership working that has already been occurring between local councils, health partners and emergency services. The response to the incident is being co-ordinated … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launches new helpline to coordinate Coronavirus efforts

Surrey County Council has set up a Community Helpline number (0300 200 1008). The purpose of the community phone line is to help direct residents who need support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to services who can help. It also aims to provide advice … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council Leader Tim Oliver addresses the meeting of Full Council, outlining the response to Coronavirus

In the speech to Full Council, leader Tim Oliver acknowledged that “we are in the midst of a public health emergency, one that will test our resilience as an organisation and will need strong leadership to guide us through.” The leader praised the work already taking place in Surrey to deal with the impact of … Continue reading

Surrey MPs support ambitious tree planting initiative to combat climate change

Last week, MPs from across Surrey took time out to mark Surrey Tree Week by planting trees in their local constituencies. This was organised in support of Surrey County Council’s commitment to facilitate planting 1.2 million trees in Surrey within the county by 2030. Planting trees is an effective way to improve air quality, reduce … Continue reading

Update: Statement on Coronavirus cases in Surrey

Dr Alison Barnett, Centre Director, Public Health England South East, said: “We can today confirm that two further cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Surrey. This brings the total number of cases in the county to four. “Both new cases are people who have recently travelled to an affected area abroad, and they are … Continue reading

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