Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NHS in England and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The Chief Medical Officer has announced that the country is moving into the ‘Delay’ stage of the response to coronavirus from Friday, 13th March 2020.
The new advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer is as follows:
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Stay At Home advice can be found here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Walsall Talking Therapies Service
This service is for people registered with a Walsall GP surgery
Freephone: 0800 953 0995 or Website: www.dwmh.nhs.uk/ttwalsall
What is Talking Therapy?
Talking therapy is a type of treatment that involves talking to a therapist about your thoughts and feelings to help manage depression and anxiety symptoms. The purpose of talking treatments is to help you understand your feelings and behaviour better, and to change your behaviour or the way you think about things.
You will be contacted by telephone initially to offer a brief screening assessment of 20-30 minutes. Your needs/difficulities will be discussed and what type of therapy might be best for you. Alternative services may also be suggested if they are better suited to your needs.
For therapy to work you need to be committed and motivated to attend all sessions offered.
For more information visit Website: www.dwmh.nhs.uk/ttwalsall or Freephone: 0800 953 0995
Help in a crisis
If you are worried about the immediate safety of yourself or someone that you know, you should contact the Emergency Services on 999.
For alternative support with low level mental health concerns, you can call Samaritans on 116 123, SANEline on 0300 304 7000, NHS Direct on 111 or the GP surgery.
The Bereavement Help Point
St Giles Hospice Care
For anyone who has been touched by grief, past or present, directly or indirectly, pop in and see how they can help.
At the Bereavement Help Points there will be information on how to cope with all aspects of losing a relative or friend, and if they don't have information to hand they will endeavour to get it for you or point you in the right direction.
Why not drop in for a chat and a cup of tea with one of the support volunteers.
Advice and information is offered on emotional, practical and social support.
Bereavement Help Points in Walsall
Furzebank Worship Centre, Rosedale Infants School, Willenhall, WV12 4EG - 1st and 3rd Friday of the month between 10.00am and 12.00pm
Rushall Community Centre, 10 Springfields, Walsall, WS3 1JX - Tuesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm
Please check the St Giles website for the most up-to-date information on individual Help Points https://www.stgileshospice.com/bereavement-help-point
alternatively contact the Supportive Care Team on 01543 434536 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning a Pregnancy
What to do
These are the things to do before pregnancy, make your pregnancy and baby healthier.
These are the things to do before pregnancy make your pregnancy and baby healthier.
- If you smoke, quit smoking or cut down
- If you drink alcohol, stop or cut down
- If you take drugs, stop
- Start taking folic acid now, it needs time to build up in your body
- Have a healthy balanced diet – it improves fertility as well as affecting your baby’s future health
- Cut down on caffeine if you drink a lot
- Try to get closer to a healthy weight if you are overweight.
- Become more active if you are not already – this has been shown to improve fertility and will make your pregnancy and baby healthier
- Have a cervical screening test if you haven’t had one in the last three years
- Check that you have had the MMR vaccine against rubella
- Don’t take any new medication or stop taking existing medications without talking to your GP or healthcare professional
- Get tested for STIs if you think there’s a possibility you may have one
For further information visit Tommy's website https://www.tommys.org/pregnancy-information/planning-pregnancy/12-things-do-when-trying-baby
Alternatively book an appointment with the practice nurse at Stroud Practice on 01922 423580
A new personalised dementia support service from Alzheimer's Society.
A free personalised service that connects anyone affected by dementia to the support you need, when you need it. Not just people with dementia but carers, family and friends too.
How Dementia Connect can help you
Dementia affects everyone differently, so support is tailored to your individual needs. The Dementia Advisers provide direct support as well as signposting to other local services. It is never easy for a patient to tell their story, so they only ever ask you to tell it once.
Support provided can include:
- Advice on how to cope and live with dementia
- Tips for making a home dementia friendly
- Help navigating social services
- Advice on legal documents and Lasting Power of Attorney
- Connection to dementia groups within local communities
The Dementia Advisers are available on the phone to give the support you need. They will offer you the option of regular calls to keep in touch and help meet changin needs.
Support Line Opening Hours
Monday -Wednesday 9.00am -8.00pm
Thursday - Friday 9.00am-5.00pm
Online support is available round the clock through the website. The online community Talking Point offers anyone dealing with dementia the chance to chat with others in a similar situation. You can read, download and order support materials and search for local dementia services in your area through the dementia directory.
Face to Face Support
The local Dementia Advisers go out and meet people the community to offer further support, practical advice and information, from someone who understands what they're going through.
Get support today
T: 0333 150 3456