How we intend to support our local community and need your help to make this happen!

UK Struggles to ensure public safety measures are enough

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. Seven, including the new virus, have made the jump to humans, but most just cause cold-like symptoms.

The new virus, officially called Covid-19, is also dangerous - so far, around 20 per cent of confirmed cases have been classed as severe or critical. So far, around 15 to 20 per cent of hospital cases have been classed as "severe" and the current death rate varies between 0.7 per cent and 3.4 per cent depending on the location and, crucially, access to good hospital care.

The new coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading fast. More than 187,000 people are known to be infected and over 7,400 deaths have been recorded - including 55 people in the UK

and currently today nearly 2000 cases recorded and doubling every 48hrs set to cause conservatively over 20000 deaths if we act fast!

Government Strategy And Part Of The Problem?

The current Government strategy intends in its majority to slow the peak of this virus until summer to allow our NHS to be free from the seasonal flu that we face every year

Advice currently is to reduce social contact as much as possible and to protect our most vulnerable members of society.

Moving into next week we will be looking at cancelling of any social event, closure of schools and the requirement of anyone over the age of 70 years old or anyone with an underlying medical condition to self isolate for up to 3 months.

This I agree is a very necessary process to mitigate the outbreak however with this adds further suffering to the very people we are attempting to protect.

Why should we as a community assist rather than just staying at home watching netflix?

Simple answer, because if we don't help our own communities then this country will not combat this crisis effectively, its a mathematical certainty! as shown in 5 main risk factors highlighted below

1. People in self isolation will struggle to secure food and basic life sustaining items especially the older and infirm, or persons housebound living on their own.

(No Government Strategy is yet tackling this so we need to)

2. The strain on our public services will be so great as we currently do not employ enough people to manage normal day to day emergencies so in a crisis this big how will they come to our aid seconded to another purpose with themselves also becoming ill?

(This is completely unavoidable as this crisis peaks do the maths! but we do have independent medical providers available to assist if we pull together)

3. Employed and self employed people suddenly find themselves with little or no income for an unknown period of time

(Money has been pledged but will it come too late to be effective? Lets get food to the most in need now)

4. Elective surgery and routine appointments for NHS patients cancelled to free up beds but what happens to them whilst in isolation?

(The term is "collateral damage" as access to healthcare will be difficult but all those care staff with some spare time can help with this issue)

5. Increased isolation + Deprivation + Uncertainty = decreased mental well being.

(The welfare of our most vulnerable needs to be considered during this crisis as sometimes just a conversation is enough to solve this!)

What we intend to do?

As an independent Ambulance provider we are setting up a community team to add to our medical workforce this is a "community COVID19 Response taskforce"

you can view this here

As part of this taksforce we intend to draw on skills and services of the community to assist in alleviating the above highlighted risk factors that will exist within our community within the coming months.

Our goals and intended services will include

Making contact with our most vulnerable isolating within their own homes to ensure they have access to basic human requirements, food and medications etc, to do this we will recruit and train volunteers to assist with home deliveries to be done in a safe and effective manner.

Set up a community base in a local church or other building to provide a hub of contact to work from taking calls and offering assistance to our local public services. We also intend to not only provide our ambulances and staff in support of the local police and ambulance services, but encourage other independent providers to also assist with this strategy

Make available a bank of food and consumables to our most deprived and ensure this reaches them quickly and safely

Provide trained carers to monitor people isolated in their own homes that may require non urgent ongoing healthcare currently not available due to NHS constraints

Provide a line of support for people living on their own ensuring some basic contact is provided however this may happen be it via Skype or phone.

These simple basic measures could go so far in providing a very dramatic outcome! and we will be looking to become operational by Monday!

What do we need from you to make this happen?

1. If you are healthy and under the age of 70 years of age and have experience in any caring, emergency service medical or councilling capacity and have some free time to assist us in North Wales we would love to hear from you

2. If you are a driver with a caring disposition and work within a sector that allows you to provide an enhanced DBS wishing to volunteer we would also like to hear from you

3. If you can offer or assist with setting up a local hub in the Colwyn Bay or surrounding area please also get in touch with us.

For more information you can email us at

or by visiting here and filling out our online


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Accredilink Community Response Taskforce Cyf Is a Registered Non For Profit Company in England and Wales. Reg:- 12554125

6 Meirion Gardens

Colwyn Bay

Conwy, LL297PR

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