Councillor Update


Wigan Town Hall update
As part of the council’s efforts to tackle the second wave of the pandemic, Wigan Town Hall has been closed except for staff deemed critical. Closing the town hall, which is not open to the public, allows the council to focus on resources. This means that councillors will not be able to access the town hall in person. Councillors will need to work remotely and not visit the town hall

Wigan Council will Provide Free School Meals Over Half Term
Thousands of children will receive free school meals during the half-term holiday as part of an initiative funded by Wigan Council. Council leader Councillor David Molyneux said the local authority wanted to ensure families would receive the additional support during what is a challenging time. The move follows a motion calling for the government to provide free school meals during holidays until Easter 2021 being voted down in parliament earlier this week. Councillor Molyneux said: “This is the right thing to do. Thousands of young children and families across our borough rely on free school meals and this means they will not go hungry over the school holidays. Read More Details Here

Wellfest 2020 Launching Next Week
Wellfest – our festival celebrating all things health and happiness is launching next week. Wellfest is back with a brand-new online platform making it easier than ever for residents to get involved and do something which keeps their body and mind healthy this winter. Along with our health partners, community groups, and some special guests we have joined forces for the event which will focus on mental health in line with the council’s Be Kind campaign. The online festival site will go live on Monday 26th October with the main stage line-up running from Wednesday 28th – Sunday 1st November. The council will be promoting the event across all council social media channels – please share where possible to help spread the word to residents:

Adult Services Update 23/10/20
One of the main problems the council is facing is staff availability following absences due to positive COVID-19 test, self-isolating, or childcare issues when children’s year groups are off school. This means that the council has to respond quickly to redeploy staff to cover shortages in critical services, such as the Community Equipment Store which provides aids and adaptations for people being discharged from the hospital who lost 4 drivers that tested positive so staff were needed from other departments to cover the roles.  This is an ongoing challenge for the council across critical services
In order to avoid discharge of COVID positive patients back to Care Homes, the council is working closely with Wrightington Wigan & Leigh NHS to provide a facility at Leigh Infirmary that can care for residents until they can be safely discharged back to their Care Home to protect themselves, staff and other residents.

Care Homes:
40 care homes are reporting no residents currently symptomatic in the home or hospital with 12 care homes affected today as follows:

  • 1 home has a symptomatic resident in the home and hospital.
  • 11 homes have symptomatic residents in the home only.
  • 0 homes have symptomatic residents in the hospital only.
  • 96 care home residents currently either symptomatic or diagnosed with COVID
  • 92 in care homes, 4 in an acute setting.

The reported death figure is 207, of these the data now shows that 189 of these have been categorised by the provider as either.

  • 92 people passed away in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19
  • 8 people passed away in hospital with suspected Covid-19
  • 53 people passed away within a care home after testing positive for Covid-19
  • 37 people passed away in a care home with suspected Covid -19

We are still waiting for a specific breakdown from a small number of services
 The Care Home Squad is deployed at St George’s Care Home and
The council is preparing to step up the care home squads as needed.
Testing & Contact Tracing:
The demand for tests for the site is significantly lower than in September when the site had an open access policy and the policy was changed to a booking only target approach to address the needs of front line key workers and families/symptomatic young people.
The relative proportion of people being tested whose is test result is positive remains significantly higher.
As capacity increases at the test facility, the access policy to test at the site will be reviewed.

Demand for mobile response continues to increase to support the Mercure and supported living establishments, which is key to ensure we are reaching people in a timely manner to try and contain the further spread of Covid-19
The test facility has also carried out mass testing at one educational establishment.
The VTN contract which was due to end has now been extended up to mid-December.
The overall approach to testing continues to be reviewed to ensure we are reaching those most at risk and we are able to maximise the capacity of tests available to us (1500 per week.)
Work underway to secure previously deployed staff and recruit new staff to support adults.
The hospital is under increasing pressure and one of the main reasons is the inability to return people to care homes.  We are looking at options for using spaces available to us differently.

Now prioritising packages of care to manage the impact of staffing absences due to covid-19 within home care, working with families, and most the vulnerable. Work underway to identify where the pressures are.  We have stepped up the number of hours being provided by rapid response and are working closely with reablement.

Shared lives:
We are continuing the recruitment campaign for Shared Lives to recruit more champions, hopefully offering people who may be recently unemployed/furloughed an opportunity for a career change.

Supported Living:
7 staff have returned from isolation 5x SLS, 2x Day Centre
27 staff still isolating, 2 Staff members have been added to the isolation sheet.
11 from SLS, 6 from Day service, 8 from Residential, 1 Registered Manager, 1 SET Team

There is still a secure stock of PPE in Wigan, there are no issues with our supply thanks to the Council procuring supplies, NWADAS, and national supplies delivery. Now responding to requests from Primary care for emergency supplies and supported CCG with the delivery of FFP3 masks to CHC community