The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
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.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Self Referral to Physio-therapy
You don’t need a GP appointment to book physiotherapy. If you have a musculoskeletal problem that would benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, you can book this directly either by completing the on line form or by calling in to the practice and completing the form. Following completion of the form, the Physiotherapy Department will review and triage this and then offer you an appointment if appropriate. Please select the Appointments Tab on this website and then select “Self Referral to Physiotherapy”
Wrenbury Medical Practice Flu Vaccinations
All registered patients at the practice aged 65 years and above are eligible.
If you couldn't attend the Walk In Clinic on 21st September, please contact the practice 01270 780210 and we will be pleased to arrange an appointment for you.
If you are over 18 years and under 65 years of age and meet the criteria for a Flu Vaccination please attend the Walk In Clinic as above or arrange an appointment with us, we are contacting patients to ensure you are aware if you are eligible.
Any children under the age of 18 years who are eligible for a flu vaccination and not due to receive this in school will be contacted by the practice to arrange an appointment in due course, we are not administering childhood flu vaccinations at a Walk In Clinic.
Wrenbury Primary School pupils linked up with a village GP and nursing Home to help achieve their NHS South Cheshire CCG Silver Self Care Award.
The “Immunisation and why we have it” project involved Year 4 children visiting a GP Practice in groups to speak to the GP and staff, hearing why they give vaccinations, the history of immunisation and becoming ‘Vaccine Heroes’.
They were able to get real stories of life pre-vaccination from some of the residents of the local nursing home.
They described what they remembered about growing up and if they remembered having their first vaccinations.
Wrenbury GP Practice Manager, Becky Barber said: “We are incredibly proud of how some of the youngest and oldest members of our community have come together to share and learn about the important issue of immunisations.
“The photographs and memories shared by the residents from WNH really did resonate with us as a practice team, they also made the learning for the children much more real.
“The children’s game of tag to illustrate what they learnt about Herd Immunity was so simple but so effective!”
The school followed their immunisation activity up by promoting it to parents and grandparents at their Summer term Sharing Afternoon.
Year 4 also led an assembly at the school, sharing information around the importance of immunisation with the whole school.
Bessa Cador, headteacher, said: “It has been a really worthwhile and enlightening project to be part of, in collaboration with the doctor’s surgery and our resident friends at the Nursing Home.
“Understanding why immunisation matters, hearing and reading first-hand accounts from the residents and then letting the children take the lead in school on this serious health issue not only raises awareness but also highlights the importance of vaccinations in a more meaningful way for the rest of the pupils and our school community.”
NHS South Cheshire CCG have awarded their first joint Silver Self Care Award to Wrenbury Primary School and Wrenbury GP Practice.
Noreen Caldwell, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager at the CCG, said: “I am thrilled by the way that the whole community have come together providing information around the history of vaccinations and their importance.”
If you would like to watch the short video which has been made about this project please click on the link below.
Cheshire doctor says ‘trust your GP’ to keep antibiotics working
A doctor in Cheshire is calling on us to trust our GPs to help keep antibiotics working.
Antibiotics are potentially lifesaving medicines that treat or prevent the spread of bacterial infections.
But, antibiotics are not prescribed for viral infections such as colds or flu because they are not effective in fighting these types of illnesses. Viral infections can be treated with a combination of self-care and over the counter medicines.
Dr Jonathan Griffiths, GP at the Swanlow Surgery in Winsford, said: “We used to prescribe antibiotics for everything; coughs, colds, sore throats, but we now know that those are caused by viruses.
“But, guess what? Antibiotics don’t work on viruses.”
Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. This is because it encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant to the medicines and means that they may not work when you need them next time.
Dr Griffiths, who is also Chair of NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added: “Always take your doctor’s advice.
“If they’re saying ‘I don’t think you need antibiotics’, have a listen to that and take on that advice
“If you are prescribed antibiotics, again, listen to your doctor’s advice. Even if you feel better make sure you complete the course as prescribed.
“Completing the course will fight the infection fully and will also reduce that risk of you building up a resistance.”
If you have any questions about any of your antibiotic prescriptions, you should visit your local pharmacist. They will be able to answer any questions you have and give you advice.
Take care of your mental health
Local health teams across South Cheshire and Vale Royal are encouraging us all to take steps to look after our mental wellbeing.
One in four adults and one in ten children will have some sort of mental health issue in their lives, but sometimes don’t know what help they need, how to get it or feel embarrassed talking about their problems.
The state of your mental health can be affected by factors such as changes in our lives, health worries, work related stress and grief among other things. Alcohol and drugs can also have a negative effect.
In some circumstances people will experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or in control of your situation.
Melanie Brown, Clinical Project Manager – Mental Health Commissioning at NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG said: “It’s really important that we treat our mental health as we would our physical health.
“Speak to someone about how you are feeling, that can be anyone, friend, family or colleague.”
“Just because we can’t visibly see the symptoms, we shouldn’t ignore them.
People across South Cheshire and Vale Royal have access to a number of services to help with mental health.
Mental Health Self Help Guides
A range of online self-help guides and smartphone app have been developed so you will have the latest mental health advice at your fingertips.
These self-help guides come in the form of leaflets, audio clips and videos which have been produced by health professionals to offer support on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic and stress.
View our Mental Health Self Help Guides - https://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/cheshirevale
You in Mind
www.youinmind.org is a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ putting mental health advice online when you need it.
The platform includes a dedicated search option, so you can get quick information on a range of mental health conditions such as depression, stress, eating disorders and bereavement.
Detailed information booklets are also available to view and download explaining about a condition with help on how to manage it and ideas people can try.
You can also find out what local advice and services are available for you at www.youinmind.org
Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line
The Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line lets you speak to a specially trained clinician who you can talk to about how you're feeling. The phone line - 01244 397 644 - is open from 5-10pm Monday to Friday and noon-8pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Wellbeing Hub
The Wellbeing Hub helps to identify any mental health issues at the earliest possible opportunity so that you can access the most appropriate support.
The team includes experienced mental health nurses, psychological therapists and psychiatrists, who provide treatment and support following assessment and can refer people to other services if necessary.
A call to the team can result in:
- Assessment - helping you to understand how you are feeling
- Signposting - so that you know about other services, information resources and support groups
- Talking Therapies - psychological therapies to help you to manage your emotions and feelings
- Treatment - We will meet with you at a number of sessions to review your progress over time
You can refer yourself to the hub, either by calling the team in Crewe on 01606 555 263, Winsford on 01606 555 211 or online through this link - https://www.iaptportal.co.uk/ServiceUser/SelfReferralForm.aspx?sd=9b62f2cb-4c09-4073-a3db-b93e487fd2f5
Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of benefits including:
- Enhanced physical health and life expectancy
- Better education experience
- Increased skills
- Reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality
- Higher levels of social interaction and participation.
The aim of World Mental Health Day is to inform people of their options when it comes to boosting their mental health and to encourage a conversation around mental health.
To find out more about how to deal with a mental health emergency visit https://bit.ly/2PMVAvF
Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone. Just dial: 116 123, They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.
Extended Hours Appointments
South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP’s are now offering extended hours appointments at selected practices which will be known as GP Hubs.
These appointments are available to any registered patients from any practice within the boundaries of South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
Please ask your Practice receptionist who can book you an appointment.
To find out more visit www.gpopenforyou.co.uk
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