Shape Your NHS: Newsletter May 2020

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Welcome to our latest newsletter


UPDATES….

KINDNESS AND YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING
In this week’s Health Column, Sarah Preedy, Assistant Clinical Director in Wigan, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust talks about kindness and your mental wellbeing.
Click here to read Health Column

YOUR GP PRACTICE IS WORKING DIFFERENTLY
If you have a medical concern unrelated to Coronavirus, please contact your practice by phone. Your GP will be speaking to patients via telephone or video calls. However, if you do need to be seen in person they will arrange this.

If you have CORONVIRUS symptoms
1. New Cough
2. High Temperature
follow the following guidelines Click here for guidelines

NEWS….

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR NURSES!
Thank you to everyone who got involved in sharing messages of thanks via video or pictures to help celebrate International Nurses day this week, which marked the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale!

Wigan Borough CCG wanted to show our appreciation for the hard work of all nurses working across our hospitals, communities, schools, mental health and GP practices.  
Atherleigh Park Hospital was also lit up blue in recognition of all the incredible staff who do an amazing job every single day.  Take a look at the pic below!
Click here to watch video
Click here to see Atherleigh Park lit up blue!

DYING MATTERS AWARENESS WEEK
This week is Dying Matters Week and this years theme is ‘Dying to be heard‘. 
Dying Matters is a coalition of individual and organisational members across England Wales. 
Each year they aim to help people talk more openly about dying and making plans for end of life.
Click here for more info and resources

INTRODUCTION OF NHS TRACING APP 

The NHS coronavirus tracing app will be introduced across England in “mid-May”, while 18,000 tracing agents will be in place by the end of the next week, the Government has pledged. Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, said that he was “pleased with progress” in a trial of the app that began on the Isle of Wight last week.
Click here for more info about the app

NEXT WEEK IS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK and the theme is ‘kindness’

Mental Health Awareness Week aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.  Lots of people may be finding it more difficult to cope during these difficult times.  If you know someone who may be struggling with their mental health, please encourage them to talk to someone and get support if they need it.Click here for more info and support
GET INVOLVED…


ARE YOU LIVING WITH A DISABILITY OR LONG TERM HEALTH CONDITION DURING COVID-19

Healthwatch Wigan and Leigh have launched a survey to find out how changes to health and social care services, during the Coronavirus outbreak, have impacted people living with a disability or long term health condition.

Your views are really important when looking at how these services may be delivered in the future. Any information you share will be used anonymously.

Click here for survey

TRAVELLING FOR HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES

We would like to hear about your experience of travelling for health care services.  If you would like to get involved and share your story, please get in touch or ask us to contact you.


WINDOW DISPLAY  – STILL TIME TO ENTER

If you have a window display you wish to share with us, please send us a picture to enter into our competition.  

SUPPORT AVAILABLE….

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

A 24/7 mental health crisis helpline for people of all ages is available
on 01942 636 395. All health services are facing huge demand so please be patient and kind to health professionals but seek help when you need it.

FREE ACCESS TO BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS

SignHealth and InterpreterNow have launched BSL Health Access which provides access to British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters in any health setting. 

Click below to see how you can access the services free of charge during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Click here to access support

SPECTRUM SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE UPDATE

Wigan and Leigh Spectrum Sexual Health walk in clinics are currently closed but there is still confidential support available. 

Call the clinic on 01942 483188 to arrange a telephone consultation or see attached leaflet for further info and more ways to get in touch. 

Click here for leaflet

FEATURE IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER…

If you have any items you would like to include on a future newsletter please just let us know! You can get in touch with Nicky Ainscough or Rachel Richardson via [email protected] or 01942 482711
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