‘Good Morning Wednesfield’ – Thursday 30th April 2020!

‘Good morning Wednesfield’ it’s Thursday the 30th April 2020, the weather isn’t bad this morning! The Sun is shining across Wednesfield at the moment.

Corona Virus (Covid-19) Last Updated 29th April
• 165,221 United Kingdom – Covid-19 Cases
• 26,097 United Kingdom – Covid-19 Deaths
• 765 New Covid-19 Deaths in the UK Hospitals
• +2 New Covid-19 Deaths in Wolverhampton Hospital
• 233 Total Covid-19 deaths in Wolverhampton Hospital

Yesterday – Thursday 29th of April City of Wolverhampton latest position on Covid-19 testing – was released to City Councillors.

Its this – “The first priority for testing nationally was set at the start of April, requiring testing for the most essential key workers in the NHS, care homes and domiciliary care. In Wolverhampton we developed an exceptional local model to be able to conduct our own testing for these key workers, based at Showell Road. This service continues to function well, with a potential capacity of 240 tests a day. Our key workers from care homes and the NHS in Wolverhampton have ring fenced slots which are being well used.”

So that is very useful information for the City to know at large.

On the 24th April there was a national government directive to increase testing to a wider group of key workers, as part of achieving 100,000 tests a day. In order to achieve this national testing centres have been opened for key workers who have symptoms (or who have a household member with symptoms). The responsibility for the delivery and coordination of the testing programme sits with NHS England, discharged through regional and local channels e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The extended list of key workers now includes a full range of public services such as NHS and care staff, teachers, hospital cleaners, public servants, the emergency services, supermarket staff, delivery drivers, and other critical infrastructure staff. There is also an expanded list of local authority key workers, including all front line local authority staff and volunteers for a range of settings, including those working with vulnerable children and adults, victims of domestic abuse, homeless and rough sleeper and substance misuse treatment. It also includes public and environmental health staff.

Regionally there are three centres available for either a drive-thru test or a self-testing kit at home, based at Edgbaston, Smethwick and Worcester. Testing is available via the national portal self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk.

City of Wolverhampton are working closely with partners across the system, particularly the CCG, to ensure that key workers have access to testing through the different options available. This will include Showell Road, Smethwick and Edgbaston.

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I must admit that I have found this information useful,New Cross Hospital and I am pleased that I am being informed that the CoW will “ continue to provide updates as this situation progresses.”

I will of course continue to bring information to you via my social media sites. Have a Good Day Wednesfield.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more