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Borough infection rate falls but rises in Hanwell, Elthorne Park and Southall Park
Some Covid-19 Infection Rates in Ealing Still Rising
Of the nine infection rate readings I published on 29 October, only three had increased by 3 November 2020:
Cuckoo Park, Hanwell: 286.9 (was 151.2)
Southall Park: 286.5 (was 244.1)
Elthorne Park: 186.5 (was 155.4)
There were 7 Covid-19 deaths and 700 new positive Covid-19 tests in Ealing during the period 27 October to 2 November 2020.
The infection rate across Ealing was 206/100,000 on 2 November and is lower than the previous week.
70 of Ealing’s 98 State-Funded Schools Have Covid-19 Cases
Ealing Council says the total number of recorded Covid-19 cases is 264. In September 2020, 23 schools had recorded Covid-19 cases.
No Information Available on Covid-19 Cases at Ealing Hospital
The web site of the NHS Trust based in Harrow which runs Ealing Hospital (London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust) tells us nothing about how many Covid-19 cases are being handled by the hospital. Similarly the NHS body which commissions NHS healthcare services in Ealing (Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group) also provides no information on Covid-19 patient numbers at Ealing Hospital.
Are People Dying in Ealing Care Homes?
We hope they aren’t, but quite frankly how would we find out if they were? The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has stated that there were 211 Covid-19 deaths at Care Homes in England during the period 17 October to 23 October 2020. Thankfully this is in stark contrast to the 3,733 Covid-19 deaths in English Care Homes during the period 18 April to 24 April 2020.
How Are Ealing’s 200 GPs Coping with Covid-19?
Not an easy question to answer. Covid-19 initially closed the doors of Ealing GP surgeries in March/April 2020. GPs started to work from home. There was an increase in telephone and email access to GPs, with a significant reduction in face-to-face consultations. Text communications grew, as did the use of photographs. Some Ealing GPs were clearly alarmed when Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals back into care homes during the first Covid-19 wave.
The Seniors Action Group Ealing (SAGE) is trying to set up a Zoom meeting with its elderly members and an Ealing GP to better understand how GP access has changed and how it might continue to change. SAGE wants to better understand the access challenges from a GP’s perspective. It is now working with Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group to set up this virtual meeting.
NHS Wants More Volunteer Responders in Ealing
The Royal Volunteer Service is partnering with NHS England to help people who are self-isolating with Covid-19. The help includes delivering shopping or medication, providing transport to medical appointments and chatting on the phone to prevent loneliness. Volunteers help hospitals and GP practices with deliveries. In Ealing 1,842 volunteers have accomplished 6,217 tasks.
More volunteers are need in Ealing. For more information and details of how to volunteer click here.
Ealing Council Funds Covid-19 Bicycle Delivery Services
The Council is now funding a ’cargo bike’ parcel collection service for items ordered online by participating businesses. The service is initially being offered in Ealing Broadway, Northfields and West Ealing.
What’s not clear is from what pot of public money is the funding coming for this bike operation.
Businesses wanting to participate should contact: email@example.com
Covid-19 (TfL Funding Problems?) Leads to Postponement of Implementing Step-Free-Access at Five Ealing Stations
The stations are Boston Manor, Hanger Lane, North Ealing, Northolt and Park Royal.
November 4, 2020