|Welcome to our latest newsletter|
NEWS AND UPDATES…
NATIONAL LOCKDOWN ANNOUNCED
With Coronavirus cases rising rapidly across the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new national lockdown last night.
You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary.
You can keep up to date with the latest advice on the Government website.
You may leave the home to:
shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
attend education or childcare – for those eligible.
Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and children of critical workers
SHIELDING – CLINICALLY EXTREMELYVULNERABLE PEOPLE
During his speech last night Boris Johnson announced that patients on the shielding list would receive a further letter from NHS England. As clinically extremely vulnerable people are being advised to take extra precaution.
The new government guidelines strongly advise clinically extremely vulnerable people to stay at home at all times, apart from going out to exercise or attend a medical appointment.
The advice says try to keep all contact with others to a minimum and avoid busy areas. If you go out, maintain strict social distancing, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
If you are shielding and need assistance there are support services in place, we have posted under the “services” section below.
You can read the most up to date advice on the national lockdown on the Government
NHS 111 FIRST
When you think you need A&E, just think 111 first.
NHS 111 will help you right away and if you need urgent care, they’ll book you in to be seen quickly and safely.
Visit NHS 111 online or call 111.
DO YOU WORK IN A SERVICE THAT SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING?
We want to hear from you!
Our Accountable Officer, Professor Craig Harris explains why we are doing this work and why it’s important to get involved.
Watch video here
To get involved you can complete our survey here or get involved in one of our focus groups.
Or take a look at our website for more information.
MATERNITY VOICES PARTNERSHIP
Calling all parents and parents-to-be! We want your help to improve maternity services and support in Wigan Borough.
Our next meeting will take place Thursday 28th January 2021, 1pm – 2.30pm online via Microsoft Teams.
Click here to book you place.
DO YOU HAVE DIABETES?
We are working with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and local GP practices to review Diabetes services to see if there is a way we can work better together to improve services for patients. We need input from patients to help shape this work and you can get involved in the following ways:
Share your story
We are gathering stories from patients about their experiences of using diabetes through the process of getting your diagnosis through your care and treatment. The story can be written or we can give you a ring to take your story.
Join an upcoming focus group
We will be holding a focus group online for any patients who want to talk to us in more detail about diabetes services and what they think we might improve.
This will take place on Tuesday 12th January 2021, 10am – 12noon.
If you are interested in taking part please let us know and we will book you on.
To get involved in this work please get in touch with Rachel Richardson on [email protected] or 01942 482711.
SUPPORT AND SERVICES…
WIGAN BOROUGH COMMUNITY HUBS
If you need support, fill in our online self-referral form or call 01942 489018.
For more information visit our website
COMMUNITY LINK WORKER SERVICE
Our Community Link Workers can support you with any social issues that are affecting health and wellbeing; money worries, debt, benefits and welfare, unemployment, social isolation, bereavement or housing. We are here to help
NHS VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS
Help is available from NHS Volunteer Responders during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Find out if you’re eligible and how to get in touch here.
MANAGING ISOLATION AND LONELINESS
Managing isolation and loneliness If the Covid-19 pandemic is making you feel isolated, anxious or worried, Mind has tips to help you cope this winter
If you think someone might be lonely reach out and give them a call.
Click here for more information.
EVERY MIND MATTERS
Many of us may be starting this year with uncertainty about the future. Taking care of your mental wellbeing can help manage the feelings you may have.
Visit EveryMindMatters for expert advice on staying on top of your worries.
WHAT YOUR NHS DENTIST CAN DO FOR YOU
The NHS provides essential treatments needed to keep your mouth, teeth and gums healthy and free of pain. Any treatment that is clinically necessary should be available.
Here is some advice and details of the treatments and costs, giving you the knowledge to smile with confidence.
Click here to see the attached poster
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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