Every Mum Matters: New mental health awareness campaign for new and expectant mums

Published on Apr 29, 2019

A newly-launched campaign is encouraging new and expectant mums in parts of Yorkshire and the Humber region to look after their mental health.

The Every Mum Matters campaign www.everymummatters.com launched across Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire today (Monday, 29th April), which also marks the start of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (29th April–3rd May 2019).

The campaign aims to support new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourage them to seek help promptly.

It is estimated that perinatal mental health issues, which are those that occur during pregnancy or during the first year following the birth of a child, affect one in five women and can have long-lasting effects on the woman and her family if left untreated.

But many perinatal mental health issues are treatable and recognising the signs early and seeking support promptly improves recovery and outcomes for mums and their babies.

Women’s mental health symptoms can fluctuate during this period, from mild to moderate, to moderate to severe, and some of the conditions might include:

  • Antenatal or postnatal depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Post-partum psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Eating disorders

The www.everymummatters.com website contains information to help new and expectant mums and their families who may be experiencing perinatal mental health issues, including details of the specialist perinatal mental health services available in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Having secured a share of a £23million nationwide investment announced by NHS England, the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership – a collaboration of 28 health and social care organisations – has delivered specialist community perinatal mental health services in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough and Ryedale, and the Vale of York.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has strengthened its specialist perinatal mental health services in Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire. The Trust is also working with NAViGO and Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust to introduce a new service in North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust has introduced new specialist perinatal mental health services across the Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale.

Michele Moran, Chair of the Humber, Coast and Vale Mental Health Partnership Board and Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive, said: “These specialist community perinatal mental health services will help to ensure that women in our communities receive the support they need at this important time in their lives.

“Perinatal mental health issues are common and most are treatable, but women often feel reluctant to ask for help for a number of reasons.”

Katy Morley, Team Leader and Specialist Perinatal Mental Health Liaison Nurse at Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have introduced the Every Mum Matters campaign to help combat the stigma that surrounds perinatal mental health conditions – and encourage women to ask for help if they feel they need some support.

“If you are concerned that you are experiencing perinatal mental health problems please speak to a friend, relative or health professional so you can get help and support. The Every Mum Matters website has plenty of information to help support you, while health professionals involved in your care, such as your GP, midwife or health visitor, will be able to offer support and refer you to an appropriate service.”

Hayley Williamson-Escreet, a 32-year-old mother of four from Leven in East Yorkshire, was referred to the perinatal mental health team in Hull after her daughter Grace was born in 2018, although she first experienced perinatal mental health problems when she was 21 and had just had her first child.

She said: “The perinatal mental health team never questioned my ability to care for my children which was what had stopped me from getting help in the past. The nurse was so caring and kind – it felt like such a weight was lifted when she understood what I was experiencing. She helped me to make sense of everything at a time when I couldn’t. The perinatal mental health service was a life saver.

“Please don’t suffer in silence if you’re pregnant or have recently had your baby and are struggling with your mental health. Also don’t wait until you’re at crisis point to get help; if you feel something’s not right – speak to your GP or midwife, who can help by referring you to an appropriate service so you can get the support you need.”

Winterton nurse honoured at Yorkshire and Humber NHS awards

Published on Apr 12, 2019

A nurse from Winterton has been honoured at a regional NHS event celebrating excellence in general practice nursing.

Rebecca Wood, who is a Practice Nurse at Winterton Medical Practice, received the Judge’s Choice Award at the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Celebrating General Practice Nursing Awards.

Speaking after the awards, Rebecca said: “I was so surprised and shocked to receive this award. I’ve been here seven years and this is what I love to do, so I never expected to get an award for it. It’s really nice to be recognised for something that you love doing.”

Susan Aitkenhead, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement presents the award to Rebecca Wood

Judges praised Rebecca for her innovative and enthusiastic approach to general practice nursing and commended her for organising an out-of-hours cervical screening clinic for Winterton patients to boost uptake.

Dr Faisel Baig, Chair at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “Nurses are the beating heart of our workforce and I’m delighted for Rebecca to have won this award.

“It’s fantastic for her incredible work to be recognised by NHS England and I sincerely thank her for her contribution to the local health service here in North Lincolnshire.”

Local GP urges people of North Lincolnshire to pick up their repeat prescriptions before Easter

Published on Apr 03, 2019

A local GP is reminding patients of a few simple steps they can take to stay healthy over the Easter four-day weekend. Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Monday (April 22) are bank holidays, so most GP practices will be closed.

NHS North Lincolnshire CCG Chair, Dr Faisel Baig, is urging people to ensure they have the medicines they might need during the bank holiday weekend, including ordering repeat prescriptions. He said: “Many GP practices and community pharmacies will have limited opening hours over the four-day weekend, so it’s important to make sure you have all the medicines you need ahead of time.

“The last thing anybody wants over a long weekend is to run out of medication, so I would urge patients to check their supplies and order their repeat prescriptions before Good Friday.”

The local NHS is also reminding patients of the benefits of using their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are qualified experts in the use of medicines and can give advice on common symptoms, medicines and healthy living.

Some pharmacies are open over the Easter period but there will be changes to usual opening times. Patients can locate their nearest pharmacy by visiting the NHS Choices website.

Pharmacies open during the Easter weekend in North Lincolnshire are detailed below.

Alex Seale urges local people to complete online test to determine Type 2 diabetes risk

Published on Apr 02, 2019

People in the Humber region and parts of Yorkshire are being encouraged to know their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – by taking an online test, which takes just three minutes to complete.

Some 12.3 million people in the UK are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes can cause blindness, kidney failure, limb amputation, heart disease, stroke and even early death.

Identifying the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as early as possible is crucial so people can make lifestyle changes sooner to lower their risk of developing the condition. Around three in five Type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented if people maintain a healthy weight, eat well and increase the amount of physical activity they do.

People living in Humber, Coast and Vale – a region including Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, Vale of York and Scarborough and Ryedale – are encouraged to visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to find out whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Those people who are considered to be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes should contact their GP surgery to find out whether they are eligible for the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme – a free, personalised programme to encourage individuals to make small and achievable changes in order to live a healthier lifestyle.

Participants will receive support to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in a number of ways. A dedicated health coach will support them to make positive changes to their diet and encourage them to be more physically active. As they progress on the programme, they will build on their dietary knowledge and their progress will be reviewed after six months and again at nine months.

Since its launch in July 2018, some 2,000 people across the Humber, Coast and Vale area have been referred to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. Nationally, patients who have participated in the programme have lost an average of 3.6kg.

People aged 40 and over are also encouraged to get a free NHS Health Check to assess their risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.

While Type 2 diabetes is largely linked to lifestyle, some people are more likely to develop the condition if they have an immediate relative who has diabetes, or if they come from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups. In addition, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes increases as a person gets older.

Diabetes Prevention Week, which takes place between 1st April and 7th April, aims to raise awareness about Type 2 diabetes and increase knowledge about how to prevent the condition.

Alex Seale, Senior Responsible Officer for Diabetes at the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, and Chief Operating Officer at North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Tackling Type 2 diabetes is hugely important for the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership as we want everyone in our area to have the opportunities and support they need to stay healthy and age well.

Alex Seale – Chief Operating Officer at NHS North Lincolnshire CCG

“I would encourage people living in the Humber, Coast and Vale area to visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – it takes only a couple of minutes to complete the online test. People in at-risk groups are particularly encouraged to complete the test.

“If the test indicates a person is at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes they could be eligible for the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme. So far, more than 250,000 people nationally who were on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes have been referred to classes which offer advice and support on food, diet and exercise.”

People can visit www.diabetes.org.uk/risk to find out whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. For more information about the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme visit www.england.nhs.uk/ndpp.

Dr Faisel Baig delivers rousing careers talk to students at former school

Published on Mar 19, 2019

Students at St Bede’s Academy in Scunthorpe gathered this week to hear the story of a former pupil who is leading the local NHS.

Dr Baig talks with students after the event

Local GP and NHS North Lincolnshire CCG Chair, Dr Faisel Baig, attended St Bede’s.  He went on to study Medicine at The University of Manchester before returning to his hometown of Scunthorpe to work as a GP and “give something back”.

Speaking at the event, Dr Baig said: “I have fond memories of my time at St Bede’s and it was a real privilege to be asked to come back to speak to current students and promote a career in the NHS, as well as the benefits of working in North Lincolnshire.

“I met lots of very talented students at the Academy today and I’m sure they will excel in whatever career they choose.”

Vic Boreham, Careers Leader at St Bede’s, said: “It’s been brilliant to welcome Dr Baig back to St Bede’s to inspire our next generation of healthcare professionals.

“Knowledge is power when it comes to careers and our students now have a valuable insight as to what a career in the NHS is like.”

Public urged to answer survey on how NHS services can be improved in North Lincolnshire

Published on Mar 14, 2019

People in North Lincolnshire are being encouraged to answer a survey on how local NHS services could be improved in the region in the future.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, outlines how the NHS will improve patient care and health outcomes over the next 10 years. It also requires regional partnerships to develop their own five-year plans which outline what changes are required in their local area to make health and care services better for the people who use them.

The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership’s Long Term Plan will describe how the Partnership will deliver the requirements of the NHS Long Term Plan in the Humber, Coast and Vale area – Hull and East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, Scarborough and Ryedale and the Vale of York.

Local Healthwatch organisations – led by Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire – are undertaking a programme of engagement on the NHS Long Term Plan across the Humber, Coast and Vale area. Their #WhatWouldYouDo campaign runs until the end of April and consists of online surveys and a range of engagement events.

People can share their views on how local NHS services in North Lincolnshire can be improved in future by completing the following surveys:

– For general feedback: http://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do-general
– For feedback on specific conditions (cancer, heart and lung disease, mental health conditions, dementia, learning disability, autism and LTC conditions such as diabetes and arthritis): healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-what-would-you-do

Matthew Fawcett, Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire Manager, said: “We know that the NHS only works when people’s voices are heard. This is a once in a generation chance for local people to help decide where this extra money from Government should be spent in our NHS services in the East Riding.

“We want to hear from as many people, groups and communities as possible to ensure the local plans reflect the needs of our population. We want to hear about what works, what doesn’t and how people think local health services should be improved. No matter how big or small the issue, we want to hear about it. Sharing your experience with us is quick and easy – and could make a big difference.”

For more information on #WhatWouldYouDo, please visit https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

Walk-in cervical screening appointments at Market Hill 8-8

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Missed your last cervical screening?

If you’re registered with the Market Hill 8-8 Practice at the Ironstone Centre in Scunthorpe, you can drop in between 08:30 and 15:00 on Saturday 23rd March for a walk-in smear test appointment.

A smear test only takes 5 minutes and it could save your life.

For more information, call the practice on 01724 292000. 

The Doctor will see you now – Dr Faisel Baig speaks to British Steel Workers

Published on Mar 11, 2019

NHS North Lincolnshire CCG Chair, Dr Faisel Baig, spoke to British Steel workers this morning about key men’s health issues – and gave some important guidance on signs and symptoms to watch out for.

Dr Baig delivered the interactive session to help encourage local people to feel more comfortable about discussing their physical and mental health. He spoke about some of the most commonly-missed (or ignored) symptoms, including:

– Longstanding cough or shortness of breath

– Hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing

– Chest pain, palpitations

– Calf/leg pain

– Vomiting, weight loss, night sweats, abdominal pain/acid, bowel problems

– Urinary symptoms, testicular lumps/pain

Dr Baig hopes that facilitating these kinds of conversations will encourage both men and women to see their GP as soon as possible if they have any worrying symptoms. He said: “It’s very common for men in particular to put off seeing their GP until they get to the point that they are very seriously ill.

“Early diagnosis really does save lives and I hope that everyone who took part in the group session this morning has taken something away about how to spot when something isn’t quite right.”

Dr Baig takes the time to speak to British Steel employees one-to-one at the event
British Steel colleagues said they enjoyed the informal session
The group also talked about the risks of smoking and drinking too much alcohol


New scheme in North Lincolnshire means patients can see a physiotherapist at local GP surgery

Published on Mar 05, 2019

Residents in North Lincolnshire can now see a physiotherapist rather than a GP at a local surgery if they are seeking an appointment for joint or muscle pain.

Appointments with the new First Contact Physio service are available to book for all patients registered with a North Lincolnshire GP practice by contacting their usual surgery.

Around one-in-five people book in to see their doctor with a musculoskeletal problem, and often have to wait for a GP referral to get access to physiotherapy advice for such conditions.

Early evaluations show that patients are getting much speedier access to specialist assessment and advice which is more efficient for patients and frees up GP time to see patients who need a medical diagnosis.

Patients can choose to attend their appointment in a number of locations across the district, including:

– Winterton Medical Practice, Winterton

– Bridge Street Surgery, Brigg

– Barnetby Medical Centre, Barnetby

– Cedar Medical Practice, Scunthorpe

– West Common Lane Teaching Practice, Scunthorpe

– Ancora Medical Practice, Scunthorpe

– Ashby Turn Primary Care Centre, Scunthorpe

– Cambridge Avenue Medical Centre, Scunthorpe

– Trent View Medical Practice, Scunthorpe

– South Axholme Practice, Epworth

Dr Justin Wilkinson, GP & Director of Safecare Network Ltd, which runs the service in North Lincolnshire, said: ‘This is excellent news for patients in North Lincolnshire as it gives them the opportunity to see the right person at the right time. The expertise of physios in these roles means fewer patients will be left waiting for a referral or unnecessary tests such as x-rays.

‘Each appointment with a physiotherapist will vary significantly depending on what the issue may be – it could be as simple as discussing lifestyle changes and signposting someone to local exercise providers or referring for diagnostics and potential surgery.

‘All of this saves time and money for the NHS but more importantly, it allows people to start the right treatment sooner so that they are able to stay in work or resume their day-to-day activities.’

Dr Faisel Baig, local GP and Chair of NHS North Lincolnshire CCG, said: “This is a very positive development for patients in North Lincolnshire. It means that they will have speedier access to physiotherapy services and receive the right care, first time.

“I’d like to thank Safecare for designing and providing this service for our patients.”

1,000 people have their say on plans to develop an Urgent Treatment Centre in North Lincolnshire

Published on Feb 27, 2019

More than 1,000 people have responded to a local NHS survey about urgent care in North Lincolnshire.

Local people were given the opportunity to share their views on plans to change the way urgent healthcare services work in North Lincolnshire.

1,057 people, with a mixture of ages and from a variety of communities and backgrounds, completed the survey. This feedback is now being used to develop a new urgent treatment centre which best meets public needs based on survey evidence.

Mark Williams, Head of Communications and Engagement at NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Firstly, we would like to thank everyone in North Lincolnshire who took the time to get involved and fill in our urgent care survey. It really does make a difference.

“It is pleasing to see the vast majority of the 1,057 responses agree that the development of an urgent treatment centre would help improve services locally. This is of course very quick, initial feedback and a full report on the engagement findings is now being put together. This will be shared with members of the public as soon as possible.

“It is vital we take on your views and, as a result, your helpful information will now feed into the urgent treatment centre’s service specification.”

Mr Williams added: “We have been extremely pro-active with our approach to informing residents about this development and were delighted to build new relationships in the community in the process. We are committed to speaking to as many people as possible and enjoyed visits to local seniors’ forums, mosques, the local youth council, parent groups, the local maternity group, patient participation groups, the local hospital, GP waiting rooms and many more. We also spoke to members of the homeless community as this feedback too is so very important.

“We look forward to sharing our full report, and what we plan to do with that information, with the public in due course.”

In line with national NHS guidance, North Lincolnshire CCG is developing plans for an urgent treatment centre, which will be co-located alongside the Accident and Emergency department at Scunthorpe General Hospital.

The additional, GP-led service will help safeguard A&E services for those that have a genuine emergency need.

The two co-located services will mean that anyone attending the hospital without an emergency need will be seen by the UTC, which will act as a ‘new front door’ to the hospital.

NHS North Lincolnshire CCG will soon publish a report on the findings of the survey. The results will be shared with the CCG’s commissioning team to feed into a service specification for the procurement of the new urgent treatment centre.