This is the result of the government ordering multiple doses last summer, and now managing the logistics and making available funding. The NHS has really stepped up with teams of testers and vaccinators. The doctors, nurses and paramedics who are already exhausted, are quite amazing considering they have been at the coal face for twelve months. Thank goodness the military, and thousands of volunteers have been enrolled to back them up and help with this quite exceptional and mammoth task.
This new mutated virus is clearly taking its toll. Unlike the first wave, we now all know local people who have tested positive, are gravely ill, or who have died.
We must take extra care, stay home if we can, to protect the ambulance service and our hospitals from becoming totally overwhelmed.
The countryside is particularly muddy but that does not entitle walkers to trample across grass and arable fields in their attempt to avoid the mud.
People should realise the grass fields they are churning up are our livestock’s dinner plates, and when they also spread out across arable fields they are damaging valuable crops.
The countryside can be hazardous. At the weekend a gentleman walking along Cow Lane a footpath at Ote Hall, fell into a shallow ditch as he tried to avoid the mud, unfortunately breaking his leg.
He fell far from the road so had to wait until the cavalry arrived in the form of: Three ambulances, a 6 wheel drive Polaris, 4 paramedics, and 4 guys from the specialist rescue HART team (Hazardous Area Response Team) supported by our very own Ote Hall paramedics Sue and Jerry.
By the time they reached him and administered pain relief so he could be lifted out of the ditch onto a stretcher, into the Polaris, then bounced across the fields to the waiting ambulance parked in the drive, which took him to Brighton, the poor guy probably regretted having chosen to go for a walk instead of staying home to watch the football!
His accident, although not his fault, used up valuable hard pressed NHS resources – be aware that mud can be hazardous.
Who or what takes priority – ancient oak trees or developers, insurance companies and home owners?
It is becoming increasingly clear that it is assumed that ‘convenience’, should take priority over ancient and majestic oak trees which have stood their ground for centuries.
Beautiful trees are being felled daily by developers, or at the insistence of insurance companies. A prime example is along Isaacs Lane, where some magnificent oak lie prone and lifeless having been cut down before the developers move in to build hundreds of houses north of Burgess Hill.
Why they cannot work around these historic landmarks is difficult to fathom. Let alone why on earth local planners and conservation officers allow such destructive vandalism.
Insurance companies are just as bad insisting that beautiful ancient oaks which have stood for hundreds of years are felled, in case they extract moisture from the ground causing subsidence to newly built extensions or conservatories.
I am sorry but the trees were there before the badly built extensions and conservatories. Ancient oaks should be treated as Grade 1 historic buildings, and surveyors should treat them as such before embarking on their destruction.
Where is ‘Swampy’ when you need him? Desk bound bureaucrats, including insurance companies covering their backs, planning officers, councillors and developers who are more interested in cutting costs than preserving the beautiful trees which add value, must be made to preserve and work around these trees. They are our heritage.