Welcome to our latest newsletter March 2021

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NEWS AND UPDATES…


COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME UPDATE 
On Monday NHS England announced that they’ve written to patients in cohort 7 (those aged 60 years and over) inviting them to book an appointment at one of the local nationally run vaccine clinics. This is great news and means more people will have access to the vaccine. Locally, our GP practices continue to work through cohorts 5 (those aged 65-69) and 6 (those aged 16 – 65 years in an at risk group).

 
WHAT THIS MEANS
 
Cohort 6 – those aged 16 – 65 years in an at risk group
If you are aged 16 – 65 years with an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk, or the carer of someone who is at greater risk, you will be contacted by your GP practice to invite you for your vaccine when they have one for you.
Please don’t worry if you don’t get the call right away, there are lots of people in this cohort and it will take GP practices some weeks to get to everyone.
If you think you may be in cohort 6, you can check the list on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
 
Cohorts 5 and 7– Those aged 60 – 70
If you are aged 60 – 70 years without an underlying health condition you will receive a letter from NHS England inviting you to book an appointment at one of the local nationally run clinics.
If you are able to we would strongly encourage you to take up an appointment at one of the national clinics. However, if you are housebound or you are unable to get to the location of the local nationally run clinics, please don’t worry.
Just contact your GP practice and they will put you on the list for a vaccine at one of our GP led clinics.
 
If you are agreed 65+ and didn’t action your letter or have changed your mind about having the vaccine, you can still book your appointment, you just need to call 119 or visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN RECOVERING FROM COVID-19

In his health column this week Dr Tim Dalton, Local GP and Chair of NHS Wigan Borough CCG writes about what to expect when you are recovering from COVID. 

“The after effects of COVID-19 can be quite tough to live through.  And whilst with a cold, we know it might take a week or so to get rid of the tiredness and snotty nose and with the flu, we know it can make us feel rubbish for weeks, with Covid, we have no idea how we should feel.  The concern always is: is this normal?

So, I thought it might be helpful to run through some of the things you can expect to experience as you recover from Covid, and also, what you might want to speak to your doctor about.

The first thing I need to say, is that no two people’s recovery will be the same and there is quite a long list of ways your mind and body can be affected as you recover…”

Click here to read more


GET INVOLVED…


HAVE YOU USED NHS 111 IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS? 

If you’ve called 111 or visited 111.nhs.uk within the last 3 months we’d love to hear from you about what happened.
We want to know if it went well and you got what you needed or if you think we could have improved your experience in any way.

Sharing your experience will help the local NHS encourage residents to use the NHS 111 service and access the right care from the right place.

If you do have an experience to share you can do this by completing our quick form.
Or if you’d prefer to speak to someone please get in touch with Rachel Richardson via [email protected] or 01942 482711


HAVE YOUR SAY IN AMBULANCE SERVICES BY JOINING OUR PATIENT AND PUBLIC PANEL 
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is proud to confirm its first Patient and Public Panel (PPP) is now up and running.
The PPP gives patients and the public an opportunity to share their views and help shape NWAS’ emergency, patient transport and 111 services. 

Would you like to be involved too?

We have developed varying levels of participation to ensure people can get involved in a way that suits them best, depending on the amount of time and level of interest they have. It can even be done virtually!

Participation can include responding to surveys, giving feedback on publications, initiatives and strategies, taking part in focus groups along with participating in committees and formal meetings.

Anyone who lives in Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire or Cumbria aged 16 and over can apply to join.

Applications are welcome from people of all backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and circumstances to ensure the panel is representative of the communities served by North West Ambulance Service.

Find out more information about the panel along with how you can get involved by completing a short survey at www.nwas.nhs.uk/panel 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH
PATIENTS AND PUBLIC RECRUITMENT


The National Institute for Health Research is inviting patients, carers, services users and members of the public interested in health and social care to join a number of its national and regional research committees.

Learn more about the opportunity to help the NIHR make funding recommendations on world-class research, improving NHS services and social care in England. 
Click here for more information

SUPPORT AND SERVICES… THINK WELLBEING  AND PHYSICAL HEALTH CONDITIONS 

Research shows that timely interventions of emotional support to those with long term conditions can improve their sense of control and acceptance of their diagnosis as well as help them to manage their condition better.
 
We know that not everyone recognises their symptoms as being those of anxiety or depression and instead they may talk about not enjoying activities as much, worrying about the diagnosis and the change that this might mean for them. They might think this is part of their health condition, however, these can be signs of low mood and anxiety and this is something that Think Wellbeing can support them with.
 
Many staff in Think Wellbeing have received extra training so that they can support the wellbeing needs of people with co and multi-morbidity. We are also skilled in adapting our treatment/ interventions to suit the needs of people with long term conditions.
 
If you have a long term condition and are struggling with your wellbeing at the moment, Think Wellbeing can help. We are open to anyone aged 16 years or older and registered with a Wigan GP who is not already being seen within secondary care mental health services.

You can self-refer quickly and easily online at www.nwbh.nhs.uk/think-wellbeing-wigan 
or by calling 01942 264 051.


 

EATING DISORDER AWARENESS WEEK 

Eating problems are common and all kinds of things can cause eating problems or disorders. It’s okay not to feel okay. If you’re a young person with an eating problem, it’s important to know that help and support is available. 


  
WHAT’S ON AT HOME


If you’re looking for activities to do at home, our What’s on at Home guide has lot’s of different ideas for all the family. This week features Disney stage musicals, Nature Live Online & Embrace Wigan and Leigh.
Find out more here.

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