Late night haven for mental health support in Scunthorpe

Published on Jan 07, 2020

A new initiative to provide late night support and safety for people with mental health problems is set to launch in Scunthorpe.

The Haven, which launches on 9th January 2020, is designed to help reduce the risk of mental health crisis by providing a safe space for people who urgently need to talk to someone.

The service will be provided by the Scunthorpe arm of mental health charity, Mind, at their premises at Printer’s Yard on Fenton Street, Scunthorpe and is commissioned by NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The Haven will offer mental health support to people aged 16 and over in North Lincolnshire in the evenings and at weekends, Thursday to Sunday, when they may need help most. As well as offering support, professionals are also able to refer and direct onwards to further services if required.

Trained mental health support workers will offer self-help guidance and tools to support people to manage thoughts of self-harm, low mood and anxiety. They will support people to reduce any immediate crisis and to safety plan; drawing on strengths, resilience, and coping mechanisms to manage their mental health and wellbeing.

There will also be a communal area with a TV, board games, adult colouring and refreshments so service users can relax and ‘just be’.

Anyone who needs support is welcome to drop in but referrals can also be made by a GP practice, mental health team, social care, police or ambulance service.

The Haven provides a safe environment to support people in the community, reducing pressure on the emergency services. People who attend will also be offered a follow-up call the next day to see how they are doing.

Alex Seale, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Rather than replace existing mental health services, the new service will complement them. I am pleased that we are able to deliver this much-needed service for our population.”

Claire Chapman, Chief Executive at Scunthorpe and District Mind said: “People experiencing thoughts of self-harm, low mood and anxiety need to be seen promptly by an appropriate mental health professional.

“We offer a safe haven for anyone in mental health distress. Support workers can quickly help the individual to manage troubling thoughts and keep themselves safe.

“I would encourage anyone experiencing these troubling symptoms to come and speak to us at The Haven. Our team of support workers can help support people to help prevent situations reaching crisis point.”

The Haven opening times (9 January 2020 –  9 July 2020)
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For further information please visit the dedicated page on the NHS North Lincolnshire CCG website or contact NHS North Lincolnshire CCG Communications Manager Amy Campbell on 01652 251047 or email amy.campbell18@nhs.net.

Mental health tips for the Christmas period

Published on Dec 18, 2019

A North Lincolnshire based health trust which provides a range of services across the borough to people experiencing difficulties with their mental health has issued the following advice for residents who may be experiencing more than just the winter blues over the Christmas period.

Graeme Fagan, North Lincolnshire Director for mental health services for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), said: “For some people the festive season brings increased levels of anxiety and stress, and for others it may intensify feelings of loneliness, sadness and isolation.

“It’s important for people to know there is always someone to talk to and to seek help when it’s needed.  In the first instance North Lincolnshire residents should try and speak to their GP or ring the out of hours on call GP.

“In an emergency situation, where you, or someone you know has concerns about their immediate mental health, you should ring our Crisis Team on North Lincolnshire 01724 382015.”

The Trust also has specialist mental health staff, working in the Emergency Department at Scunthorpe Hospital, who support the hospital staff and offer advice and assistance when people, both adults and children, are admitted.

Patients are assessed and offered a range of different support, depending upon their individual needs. This can include one-to-one support and counselling, group support and access to the Trust’s Talking Therapies service via the website http://iapt.rdash.nhs.uk

Another alternative is calling The Samaritans free on 116 123. There is also the Rethink helpline available 24 hours a day on telephone 08088 010442.  However, if anyone has actually harmed themselves they should attend Emergency Department immediately.

Cllr Ralph Ogg, cabinet member for Adults and Health at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Support is available for people to improve their mental health and wellbeing all year round. However, Christmas time can be a difficult time for some people, especially those living on their own. We are encouraging people to talk about how they are feeling and get help from their GP or contact a helpline.

“Evidence suggests there are five steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help people feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. Further details can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/.”

There are a number of national helplines that also offer support, a list of useful links can be found in the ‘Support and advice’ section via the following link: http://www.rdash.nhs.uk

Christmas 2019 pharmacy opening times

Published on Dec 11, 2019

Many GP practices and community pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, and are likely to be busier than usual. Patients are therefore advised to pick up their repeat prescriptions and stock up on medicines they will need over this period in plenty of time.

Some pharmacies in will remain open over the Christmas holidays, including Christmas Day. Pharmacy opening hours in North Lincolnshire over the Christmas holidays are as follows:

PharmacyWednesday 25th DecemberThursday 26th DecemberWednesday 1st January
Boots Pharmacy, 43-47 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6SBClosed09:00 – 17:00 
Boots Pharmacy, North Lincolnshire Shopping Park, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TEClosed10:30 – 16:30 
Morrisons Pharmacy, Lakeside Parkway, Scunthorpe, DN16 3UAClosed10:00 – 16:0010:00 – 16:00
Weldricks Pharmacy, The Ironstone Centre, West Street, Scunthorpe DN15 6HX08:00-20:0008:00 – 20:0008:00 – 20:00
Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7DEClosed09:00 – 17:0009:00 – 17:00

 

It’s not too late to protect yourself and your family from flu this Christmas

Published on Dec 10, 2019

Residents in North Lincolnshire are encouraged to get the flu vaccine – if they haven’t already – to protect themselves and others against the virus.

Vaccines are available from GP surgeries and local pharmacies. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year to protect against the different strains of the virus.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS for people who are at risk, including vulnerable and elderly people and children.

People working with elderly or vulnerable people such as health and social care staff, social workers and teaching staff should also get the flu vaccine to protect themselves, family, friends and the people they work with.

Cold weather can be harmful to health, especially for those who are high risk. The vaccine offers the best protection against the unpredictable virus. People with flu are approximately 11 times more like to die if they have an underlying health condition.

Flu is an unpleasant illness, though if you are healthy, it is not serious and you will usually recover within a week or two. However, for some, catching flu increases the risk of potentially serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

North Lincolnshire Council’s Director of Public Health, Penny Spring, recently had the flu jab. She said:

“If you haven’t had your flu vaccination this year, now would be a good time to get it. As we meet up with friends and family over the Christmas period, we want to make sure all we’re spreading is festive good cheer, and not the flu.”

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to those at risk:

  • People aged 65 years old and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged from six months to 65 years old who have a serious medical condition (check with your pharmacist of GP to see if you are eligible)
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients

Those who aren’t eligible to have a free vaccine can get their vaccination at local pharmacies for a small cost. Not all pharmacies offer the flu vaccine, it is advised that people check their local pharmacies for availability.

This year the flu vaccine, in the form of a nasal spray, is being offered to all primary school aged children. The vaccine is available free on the NHS for:

  • All children aged two to 10 (but not 11 years or older)
  • Children aged from six months to 17 with long-term health conditions

Further details about the flu virus and vaccine can be found on the NHS website.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member of environment and community wellbeing, said:

“There are many myths that we hear year after year about the flu vaccine such as it can give you the flu. This is not true. We hope to encourage as many people as possible to get the flu vaccine. The flu virus can affect anyone no matter how good their immune system.

“The flu vaccine helps protect our own health and minimise the risk of others who are more vulnerable. Make sure you don’t put off getting the flu vaccine. It only takes a few minutes. Flu is easily spread and even those with mild symptoms can still pass it on to others.

“Book your flu vaccine with your GP or local pharmacy as soon as you can to make sure you are protected.”

Maurice Madeo, deputy director of infection prevention and control at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (NLAG) Hospital Trust, said:

“I am really proud of the great strides over the past few years in increasing the number of frontline staff who have rolled up their sleeves and had the jab. This is something we want to continue building on each year.

“Winter is a busy time for the NHS and it is great to see staff playing their part by protecting themselves – reducing staff absence during this critical time.

“Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and because flu is so contagious, staff and patients are all at risk of infection. I would urge all frontline staff – doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, porters and domestics – to get their jabs.”

Jan Paine, programme lead for RDaSH’s School Age Vaccination Team, said:

“Children are most likely to spread infection, therefore vaccinating children against flu will not only protect the child from the illness but also reduces the spread of the disease to family members, teachers and those most vulnerable to infection. Having the nasal spray in school is an easy and effective way to protect your child”

Top tips to reduce your risk of catching flu:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Dispose of tissues quickly
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitising gel
  • Remember – catch it, bin it, kill it

North Lincolnshire residents urged to take steps to stay well this winter

Published on Nov 12, 2019

People in North Lincolnshire are being urged by local health and social care services to prepare for winter by taking steps to help keep themselves well.

At the first sign of winter illness – even if it’s a cough or cold – people are asked to seek advice from their local pharmacist, before it gets worse.

Those who are eligible, but have not yet received their flu vaccine, should make an appointment with their GP practice or local pharmacy as soon as possible to help protect themselves from the virus.  The vaccine is offered free on the NHS to those at risk, including:

  • People aged 65 years old and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged from six months to 65 years old who have a serious medical condition (check with your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible)
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Carers for elderly or disabled people
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable people

Those who are 65 or over, or have a pre-existing health condition such as heart or lung disease, are advised to heat their homes to at least 18C to help reduce the risk of serious health complications.

For people who feel tired and sluggish during winter, getting outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible should help to regulate sleep and waking cycles.

Dr Faisel Baig, GP and Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “From keeping your house warm, to protecting yourself from common ailments, it’s important to take steps to stay healthy this winter.

“Throughout the cold weather, looking out for yourself and others is essential to keeping healthy. Now is a good time to make sure you, and those you know who may be particularly at risk from the cold, are as prepared as possible.”

“If you do find yourself feeling unwell over the colder months, your local community pharmacy can offer expert advice and treatment for many minor health problems.”

“If you have a more urgent healthcare need and your usual GP service is closed, you can call 111 for advice.”

Wendy Fisher, Associate Nurse Director for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) in North Lincolnshire, said: “People report that the long dark nights affect their mood as they are less active and more socially isolated.

“With Seasonal Affective Disorder, or any other mental health condition, it is always important to seek help as soon as you feel you are not well. Early help is key to helping residents get better more quickly.”

For further information please contact Communications Manager, Amy Campbell, at amy.campbell.18@nhs.net or call 01652 251047.

North Lincolnshire gears up to mark World Mental Health Day

Published on Oct 02, 2019

‘It’s ok to talk,’ is the message from Scunthorpe’s mental health staff as North Lincolnshire gears up to mark World Mental Health Day.

This year World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10, focuses on suicide prevention.

Staff from local health trust, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and North Lincolnshire Healthwatch will be holding an event at the Ironstone Centre, West Street, Scunthorpe, between 10am and 2pm where residents are welcome to call in for a cuppa and a chat.

There will be representatives from the Network café,  the Healthy Lifestyle Team and Mind on hand to chat to over a cuppa. Visitors can share their comments about mental health support in North Lincolnshire with Healthwatch and find out more about the help and support available locally. There will be a Dementia Friends session but anyone wanting to attend this needs to book a place by calling 01724 282190 as there are limited places.

Dr Gary Armstrong, Clinical Lead for Mental Health at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “This Mental Health Day we want to send a clear message to the people of North Lincolnshire that it’s okay to talk.

“It’s incredibly important that we all encourage our family, friends and colleagues to speak up when they are going through a difficult time.

“This year, the theme for Mental Health Day is suicide prevention. Anyone can visit www.talksuicide.co.uk to complete a 20 minute, video-based training exercise so they can learn life-saving skills and improve the support network for those struggling with suicidal thoughts.”

Anyone in Scunthorpe who needs mental health support can also call into RDaSH’s Talking Shop, at 19 Market Hill in the town centre.

The shop provides free talking therapies to North Lincolnshire people over the age of 18 years who are experiencing feelings of depression, low mood, anxiety, and fears or problems coping with daily life and relationships.

Kate Ashley, IAPT Team Manager at the Talking Shop, said: “Anyone with a mental health need such as depression or anxiety should simply call in to see us and they can have a chat. We also have lots of information about managing mental wellbeing.”

To find out more about the Talking Shop please phone 01724 867297 or call into the Talking Shop, 19 Market Hill, Scunthorpe, DN15 6SS or visit https://iapt.rdash.nhs.uk/

Anyone feeling they are in a mental health crisis should phone their GP, their care co-ordinator or other mental health worker.

Anyone feeling they are in a mental health crisis out of working hours should call RDaSH’s Crisis Team on 01724 382015.

It’s not too early to plan for winter – protect against the flu

Published on Oct 01, 2019

With winter approaching, residents in North Lincolnshire are encouraged to get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and others against the virus.

Vaccines are available from GP surgeries and local pharmacies. It is important to get the flu vaccine every year to protect against the different strains of the virus.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS for people who are at risk, including vulnerable and elderly people and children.

People working with elderly or vulnerable people such as health and social care staff, social workers and teaching staff should also get the flu vaccine to protect themselves, family, friends and the people they work with.

Cold weather can be harmful to health, especially for those who are high risk. The vaccine offers the best protection against the unpredictable virus. People with flu are approximately 11 times more like to die if they have an underlying health condition.

Flu is an unpleasant illness, though if you are healthy, it is not serious and you will usually recover within a week or two. However, for some, catching flu increases the risk of potentially serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia.

The flu vaccine is offered free on the NHS to those at risk:

  • People aged 65 years old and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People aged from six months to 65 years old who have a serious medical condition (check with your pharmacist or GP to see if you are eligible)
  • People living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • Receive a carer’s allowance or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients

Those who aren’t eligible to have a free vaccine can get their vaccination at local pharmacies for a small cost. Not all pharmacies offer the flu vaccine, it is advised that people check their local pharmacies for availability.

This year the flu vaccine, in the form of a nasal spray, is being offered to all primary school aged children. The vaccine is available free on the NHS for:

  • All children aged two to 10 (but not 11 years or older) on 31 August 2019
  • Children aged from six months to 17 with long-term health conditions

Nurses from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) will be aiming to immunise 14,000 young people against the flu by visiting schools across North Lincolnshire from mid-October.

Further details about the flu virus and vaccine can be found at www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member of environment and community wellbeing, said:

“There are many myths that we hear year after year about the flu vaccine such as it can give you the flu. This is not true. We hope to encourage as many people as possible to get the flu vaccine. The flu virus can affect anyone no matter how good their immune system.

“The flu vaccine helps protect our own health and minimise the risk of others who are more vulnerable. Make sure you don’t put off getting the flu vaccine. It only takes a few minutes. Flu is easily spread and even those with mild symptoms can still pass it on to others.

“Book your flu vaccine with your GP or local pharmacy as soon as you can to make sure you are protected.”

Maurice Madeo, deputy director of infection prevention and control at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole (NLAG) Hospital Trust, said:

“I am really proud of the great strides over the past few years in increasing the number of frontline staff who have rolled up their sleeves and had the jab. This is something we want to continue building on each year.

“Winter is a busy time for the NHS and it is great to see staff playing their part by protecting themselves – reducing staff absence during this critical time.

“Outbreaks of flu can occur in health and social care settings, and because flu is so contagious, staff and patients are all at risk of infection. I would urge all frontline staff – doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, porters and domestics – to get their jabs.”

Jan Paine, programme lead for RDaSH’s School Age Vaccination Team, said:

“Children are most likely to spread infection, therefore vaccinating children against flu will not only protect the child from the illness but also reduces the spread of the disease to family members, teachers and those most vulnerable to infection. Having the nasal spray in school is an easy and affective way to protect your child”

Top tips to reduce your risk of catching flu:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Dispose of tissues quickly
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use a sanitising gel
  • Remember – catch it, bin it, kill it

Have your say: Humber Acute Services Review public engagement events

Published on Sep 27, 2019

Across the Humber region, the NHS and other partners are working together to plan for the long-term future of acute hospital services, working through the Humber Acute Services Review. The review provides an opportunity for clinicians, alongside patients and other stakeholders, to jointly shape ideas about the future of our hospital services at Hull Royal, Castle Hill, Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole.

Last year work started on six specialties. Now the partnership is looking at a broader range of hospital services over the coming months, which include:
– Care when you need it unexpectedly (urgent and emergency care)
– Planned care – such as planned surgery and outpatients
– Care for women and children (maternity and paediatrics)

We would really like to involve people living in the Humber area – to find out what you think about the potential ideas being explored for the future provision of acute hospital services. We are holding workshops on the following days (you are welcome to attend both sessions, or choose the one that interests you the most):

For children and families – about children’s emergency care, paediatric services and maternity services:
– Monday 7 October 2019, Centre 4, 17A Wootton Road, Grimsby, DN331HE

Maternity Care: 10am-12noon (Click here to book your place)
Paediatric Services: 12.30 – 2.30pm (Click here to book your place)

– Tuesday 15 October 2019, The Village Hotel, Henry Boot Way, Hull, HU4 7DY
Maternity Care: 10am-12noon (Click here to book your place)
Paediatric Services: 12.30-2.30pm (Click here to book your place)

For adults – about emergency care and some of our planned care services (including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and urology):

– Tuesday 8 October 2019, The Iron Bar, Glanford Park, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TD
Adult Emergency Care: 10am-12noon (Click here to book your place)
Adult Planned Care: 12.30-2.30pm (Click here to book your place)

-Thursday 17 October 2019, Mercure Hotel, Grange Park Lane, Willerby, HU10 6EA
Adult Emergency Care & Adult Planned Care: 10am-1pm (Click here to book your place)

Alternatively we would be happy to arrange a 5-10 minute telephone or skype call for individuals or groups of individuals. To arrange this please contact: humber.acutereview@nhs.net or 01482 344700.

For more information about the Humber Acute Services Review, or to find out more about the events please visit: https://humbercoastandvale.org.uk/humberacutereview/

Improved access to MSK services for North Lincolnshire residents

Published on Sep 03, 2019

The way Musculoskeletal (MSK) and pain services are provided in North Lincolnshire is set to change after North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (NLCCG) tendered for a new service to provide a single point of referral for the triage, assessment, diagnosis and management of MSK and chronic pain conditions.

The Kirton Lindsey & Scotter Surgery, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG), In-Health and St Hugh’s Hospital teamed up to submit a bid for the Integrated MSK and Chronic Pain Service and were successfully appointed.

It’s estimated that over 19,000 adults in North Lincolnshire live with an MSK condition. The new service will aim to improve patient outcomes and promote self-management strategies including lifestyle improvement programmes.

Patients will be referred directly into the new service, meaning they are seen by the most appropriate healthcare professional to meet their needs more quickly. The service is designed to support patients to be more involved in the management of their own condition supported by a range of professionals and resources to meet their needs.

Alex Seale, Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “We know from understanding our local population needs that we are experiencing an increasing need for MSK services, so this service will mean that people are able to get the holistic support that they need at an earlier stage in their pathway of care.

Dr Satpal Shekhawat, GP partner at the Kirton Lindsey & Scotter Surgery, added: “Not only will the new service improve access to MSK services for local people but it should also free up some GP appointments to enable better access so the benefits will be felt by the wider community.”

Paula Broomhead, MSK Service Lead at NLaG said: “The new service will provide a seamless pathway of care for patients with patients able to access support at a range of venues across North Lincolnshire.

Vicky Maskill from InHealth said: “We are proud to be a part of this new, innovative service bringing together the experience and resources of local specialist providers to deliver improved patient care.”

Ashley Brown from St Hugh’s added: “I am delighted that our four local healthcare providers are working together to significantly improve access to care and reduce waiting times for the population of North Lincolnshire. I believe this marks a significant milestone for the future delivery of healthcare in the local area.”

The new service is due to start in January 2020.

 

Local record-sharing initiative shortlisted for HSJ award

Published on Aug 29, 2019

A local initiative to improve information-sharing between healthcare providers has been shortlisted for the Connecting Services and Information Award at this year’s HSJ Awards.

The judging panel, made up of a diverse range of highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community, shortlisted the four Humber CCGs despite the tough competition from hundreds of excellent applicants.

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan, comments: “We would like to congratulate the four Humber CCGs on being nominated ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in November, to join us in recognising the very best achievements and innovations in the healthcare sector.

“The entrants this year have been of incredible calibre, and each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The full list of nominees for the 2019 HSJ awards (partnered by GRI) can be found on: https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2019-shortlist. 

Winners will be selected ahead of the 2019 HSJ awards ceremony, which is due to be held at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on November 6th.

Learn more about the project that has been nominated by watching this short video.