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New virtual wellbeing and mental health interactive hub launches in Surrey

A new online wellbeing hub has launched today enabling Surrey residents to access a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing sessions virtually from the comfort of their own home. Surrey Virtual Wellbeing is designed to become a one-stop-shop where those who require mental health or emotional wellbeing support can view, register and access online … Continue reading

Revised details about coronavirus testing in Surrey – where to find information

People in Surrey who are eligible for a coronavirus test can find answers to their essential questions by going online at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirustesting A revised, bespoke page clearly sets out who is now eligible for a test, how to book, information about the different types of tests available, and useful videos explaining how testing is carried … Continue reading

Surrey ramping up its coronavirus testing capacity

(An updated press release can be found here) Surrey is continuing to scale up its coronavirus testing capacity in line with the Government’s strategy – to increase testing capacity throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The Surrey Local Resilience Forum has been offering testing for coronavirus to different groups in a phased approach, initially prioritising NHS workers, … Continue reading

Scams on the rise in the wake of Coronavirus

Fraudsters have been buying fake NHS and care provider lanyards so they can attempt to enter the homes of vulnerable people, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards has warned. Officers have advised residents to never let anyone they’re not expecting or don’t recognise into their home – check first with the caller’s employer either by ringing … Continue reading

Number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since coronavirus lockdown

The number of people joining Surrey libraries has doubled since library buildings closed as part of the coronavirus lockdown, according to the latest figures from Surrey County Council. Despite library buildings closing on 20 March, an extra 506 people have joined – double the average joining rate of 260. On top of this, over 4,000 … Continue reading

Welcome help for charities helping the relief effort

Surrey County Council have announced a £100k contribution towards the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) to supplement their Coronavirus Response Fund that offers support of up to £5k to smaller charities and voluntary bodies. Already more than £350k in emergency funding to help our most vulnerable residents has been distributed by The Community Foundation for … Continue reading

Urgent help needed to produce PPE for Surrey’s frontline workers

Following the government announcement yesterday (17 April 2020) that there is now an extreme shortage of PPE, Surrey County Council is urgently appealing for volunteers to help supply items for Surrey’s frontline workers. With demand for PPE nationally and globally reaching unprecedented levels, social workers, care home staff, volunteers and others need items such as … Continue reading

Make a Difference Today – Help us Save Lives

Today we are asking people to join the national NHS effort to help save lives. Workers with a wide range of different skills are urgently needed to staff the new hospital opening at Headley Court later this month. NHS Headley Court Hospital Surrey in Leatherhead, a former military rehabilitation facility, will re-open as a partnership … Continue reading

Blue Light Serenade at Surrey hospitals every Thursday

Starting this Thursday evening, as part of the weekly #ClapforCarers display of thanks for key workers across the country, emergency services in Surrey will add their support in a special ‘Blue Light Serenade’ at all five of Surrey’s acute hospitals.  Police vehicles, ambulances and fire engines are intending to gather (incidents permitting) at each of … Continue reading

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

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

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