GP Federation Works with Local Partners to Launch Mobile Vaccination Unit in Surrey

GP Federation, Alliance for Better Care (ABC), has launched a new Covid-19 Mobile Vaccination Unit today in Surrey, aimed at providing vaccinations to people who face additional challenges accessing vaccination sites. The project, which is staffed by ABC’s Community Team is the second Mobile Vaccination Unit to be launched by the federation and has, once again, been created in partnership with Metrobus.

The first site to host the bus in Surrey is the Merstham Community Hub which is run by the Merstham Community Facilities Trust. The unit’s locations are planned by ABC’s central team, working with the local GP practices and other community hosts.

Appointments for the mobile unit are by invitation only and are booked by the federation’s GP practices. The team therefore ask that the public wait to be invited.

ABC has partnered with numerous local organisations to bring the project to life including, Moathouse Surgery, Merstham Community Hub, Merstham Mix Café and Reigate and Banstead Council.

Lena Abdu, PCN Development Manager at Alliance for Better Care, is leading the Surrey project. She said: “We are extremely proud to have rolled out a second Mobile Vaccination Unit in the region. The first unit, which ABC launched in Crawley, was the brainchild of Leacroft Practice Manager, Matt Cullis and was a huge success in broadening the reach of our vaccination programme. Our aim has always been to ensure that every member of our community is afforded access to the vaccine and the bus has become an essential component in doing just that.”

Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Mark Brunt said: “We are delighted that this mobile facility will be hosted in Merstham – to help some of our more vulnerable residents and those less able to travel to receive the vaccine. We are also pleased to be able to support this important initiative with the help of our incredible local volunteers, who continue to give their time to the collective battle against coronavirus.”

The bus provides a self-contained, clean and safe location for vaccinations to take place, and benefits from its inbuilt one-way system.

Brighton & Hove and Metrobus Managing Director Martin Harris said: “We are pleased and proud to get behind the roll out of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme. I’d like to thank Metrobus colleagues and our NHS partners, Alliance for Better Care, for their hard work in mobilising this vital service so quickly.”

Alliance for Better Care is a GP Federation covering East Surrey, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex. It has launched seven vaccination sites and its team have administered more than 90,000 vaccinations to date.

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Dog Thefts in Surrey

MESSAGE FROM SURREY POLICE REGARDING DOG THEFTS IN SURREY:
 
Dog thefts have been a hot topic on social media recently, so we wanted to address this issue with you here.
 
Throughout lockdown we have seen an increased demand for pets, particularly dogs. Google search results for “buy a puppy” increased by 115% since the beginning of lockdown, and this demand has led to a subsequent increase in prices. Sadly this means that criminals are stealing dogs to breed from or sell on for a profit, and this is true across the UK as a whole.
 
In Surrey, the number of reported dog thefts remains low. However, this may mean that there are thefts or attempted thefts that have not been reported to police. If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed a dog theft or attempted dog theft, we need you to tell us.
If you want to share the information you have on social media, please make sure you have a police reference number; either a report number, or a call log number from when you reported it on the phone or online, and include that in your post.
 
Without reference numbers, there could appear to be more dog thefts than there actually are in reality. If you see information shared without a police reference number, please check that it was reported to us before passing the information on. If not, please encourage that person to do so.
 
It has also come to our attention that there are questions online regarding cable ties fastened to lampposts. This is something that other police forces have received queries about, and concerns that these are used as markers to indicate properties containing dogs. To our knowledge, there is no correlation between cable ties on lampposts and dog thieves. If you have any information contrary to that, please report it to us.
 
You can report any information you have about dog thefts to us via
Webchat on our website
• Online – http://orlo.uk/vRutm
• Calling us on 101
 
Alternatively, if you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
 
To protect your dogs from theft, we would recommend the following:
Ensure your pet is microchipped and registered with up to date information. There are 15 pet microchip databases you can choose from that meet government standards, and you can find the list here: http://orlo.uk/mFoJ8
• Invest in a collar and name tag, but use your surname rather than your pet’s name on name tags. Include your telephone number so you can be easily contacted if your pet is found.
• Take plenty of clear photos of your pet (not hard for most animal lovers!). Remember to include any distinctive markings that could identify your pet.
• Don’t leave your dog unattended in the garden, the car or outside shops if at all possible.
• Review your social media security settings, and be careful with the details you share, especially when it comes to your pets, your location or your favourite walking spots.
• Pay attention to your surroundings and know where your dog is at all times when out walking. Be mindful of anyone trying to distract you or draw your dog’s attention away from you. If you feel that someone is following or watching you and your dog in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, call police.
• We know that some dogs may live in kennels outside. Please ensure you make it as hard as possible for some to break in. Use multiple locks and have CCTV cameras covering the kennel as a deterrent.
• Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock.
• Ensure gardens and yards are secure so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out. Make sure fences and hedges are secure, with no gaps that a dog can squeeze through.
• Consider driveway alarms and CCTV – these can act as a visual as well as a physical deterrent.
• If you are concerned for your safety or that of your dog, we recommend investing in a personal safety alarm. Please do not carry anything that can be used as a weapon.
 
If your dog is stolen, call police on 999 or report it to us via our website: http://orlo.uk/LIhWF
 
Notify your microchip database provider immediately and advise http://orlo.uk/Czbjq either via their website or Facebook page. They will offer help, support and advice.