Southwark Council has updated the rooftop extensions programme first mentioned in May 2020, increasing the number of blocks affected from 3 (Betsham, Boughton, Brenley) to 5 (adding Balin and Northfleet), plus a new ‘infill’ block on Tennis Street.
A newsletter to inform residents of these changes has gone out this week , available here:
On Friday, the Mayor of London declared a major incident for London as the capital battles the spread of COVID-19. Like NHS organisations across the capital, demand for our services has risen sharply over the past weeks and we are now taking around 8,000 999 calls a day compared to 5,500 on a typical ‘busy’ day.
Our staff and volunteers across the Trust are facing extreme pressure as they work incredibly hard to go above and beyond to care for Londoners in need.
How you can help
As a leader of your community, we would greatly appreciate your help in reinforcing both NHS public health messaging about Coronavirus and the importance of calling 999 only in a life-threatening emergency. By helping direct the public to www.111.nhs.uk first for urgent medical advice, you can help us get ambulances to those requiring emergency assistance.
We would be grateful if you could share our suggested key messages with your followers, encouraging them to play their part in protecting themselves and others, whilst also slowing down the spread of the virus and to help us reach those who need us most at this time.
#Covid19 cases are increasing in London and the NHS is under enormous pressure.
Please help the NHS by only calling 999 for life-threatening emergencies.
For urgent medical help when it’s not an emergency, please go to 111 online or call 111 if you cannot get online.
The coronavirus is spreading quickly in the capital. We must all play our part in helping to reduce the spread, by following the rules.
▶Stay at home. ▶Protect the NHS. ▶Save lives.
Around 1 in 3 people with #Covid19 have no symptoms.
The best thing you can do is #StayatHome to protect the NHS and save lives.
If you need to leave home, for the permitted reasons, please follow these simple steps:
About London Ambulance ServiceLondon Ambulance Service answers more 999 and 111 calls than any other ambulance service in the UK. Our crews go to more than 3000 emergencies a day and handle over two million 999 calls a year.
Our 24-hour 111 integrated urgent care services in north east and south east London answer more than 1.2million calls a year.
We are the only NHS provider trust to serve the whole of London and the nine million people who live in, work in or visit the city. We cover an area of 620sq miles and our average response time to the most serious emergencies is less than seven minutes.
We have 8000 people who work or volunteer for us and together we are striving to ensure patients receive the right response, in the right place, at the right time.
We work closely with our NHS partners including NHS England, our commissioners, hospitals, specialist trusts and the five sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and Integrated Care Systems (ICS). We play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care in the capital.
Our collaboration with the Metropolitan Police Service, London Fire Brigade, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums means we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents; and ensure we keep Londoners safe.
By integrating our 999 and 111 services we are able to treat more patients over the phone; in their home; or refer them to appropriate care in their own community. This is key in achieving our strategic ambition of reducing the number of unnecessary trips to hospital; and should mean 122,000 fewer patients a year being taken to emergency departments.
As you’ll be aware, we are under a new national lockdown to curb the spread of the new coronavirus variant and relieve the immense pressure that the NHS is experiencing in many parts of the country. For Southwark this means the rules are similar to the Tier 4 restrictions that were already in place across London, with a key message to STAY AT HOME. There are, however, some additional restrictions.
Key messages under the National Restrictions:
Everyone should stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.
Work from home unless you are unable to do so.
All schools will be open only for vulnerable children and the children of key workers, offering remote learning to other pupils until at least the end of the February half-term.
Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
You can only meet up outdoors with one other person from outside your household if it is to exercise. However, support bubbles can continue as before.
Previously you could leave the house for unlimited exercise – now it should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
Outdoor team sports will no longer be permitted – outdoor sports venues including gyms, tennis courts and golf clubs must close. However, playgrounds can remain open.
The government is advising the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin shielding again, and letters will be sent to those affected.
Please refer to the government guidance for full details. These restrictions will continue until at least the end of the February half-term, in the week of February 22.
Please help us to share the following messages with your networks:
If you have coronavirus symptoms, self-isolate and request a free test via the NHS website, to help keep your family and friends safe. You are allowed to leave home for a COVID test: https://bit.ly/381KiPv
A poster explaining the latest restrictions is attached to this email, which you may also find useful to share.
As ever, a huge thanks for everything you do to support our residents and communities through this very challenging period.
After a difficult and tiring year I want to thank you for everything you have done for the residents you represent. We are clearly not out of the woods yet and there are some tough times ahead before we get through this.
However, the extraordinary voluntary effort to care for our vulnerable and isolated residents has shown the best side of our communities in council housing. TRAs have played a leading role in this response and thanks to you many people will be able to enjoy a better Christmas than might otherwise have been possible.
I wish you a very merry Christmas and I hope you have a restful, happy and healthy New Year.
Strategic director of housing and modernisation
I want to wish all of Southwark’s TRA officers a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas.
This has been the most difficult of years but it has also been a year that has shown just how important our TRAs in Southwark are. The support you have provided to the people on your estates has been inspiring to see. So I want to say thank you to you for everything you do for our community.
With COVID rates rapidly rising again, I hope you will have a merry but safe Christmas this year, staying home as much as you can to stop the spread of the virus and save lives. With vaccines now being rolled out in Southwark the end is in sight but we still have some months to go during which we will all need to keep each other safe.
My thanks again to you and I wish a happy 2021 to you, your family and everyone on your estate.
As you are aware all of London, the South East and East England have now entered Tier 4 and shielding has been re-introduced for these areas, we have sent out advice letters to all on the Shielded Patient List via email or first class post. We are also making proactive calls to residents.
Currently we seeing low levels of demand, but are monitoring this closely and are ready to respond should this change. Our phone line will remain open daily through the festive period, on bank holidays this will be open 24 hours a day. Our out of hours team have been trained to deal with contact from Clinically Extremely Vulnerable residents.
We wanted to reach out and ask if you are aware of residents in your area who are vulnerable and could be isolated, if you could contact them safely to check in. We are open for referrals if they require food or access to other services.