Mental Health Awareness Week: Children and young people urged to use free online service for mental health and emotional wellbeing support

Published on May 18, 2020

Children and young people living in the Humber and North Yorkshire areas are being encouraged to use a free online mental health and emotional wellbeing service if they need support during Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May) and beyond.

People aged between 11 and 25 in Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire can register to use Kooth – a free, anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing service which can be accessed using a computer, smartphone or tablet device.

They can access Kooth, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, to receive one-on-one online sessions with qualified counsellors, receive and provide peer-to-peer support through moderated online forums, and read and contribute articles.

Kooth can also be used to keep an online journal and track your wellbeing via an interactive goal tracker. There are no waiting lists or thresholds for use, so people can use the service as soon as they register.

Kooth – created by XenZone, the UK’s largest provider of online mental health services – is available across the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership area, which includes the cities of Hull and York and large rural areas across East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Melanie Bradbury, Strategic Lead – Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Commissioning at Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I want to take the opportunity during Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage all children and young people in the Humber and North Yorkshire areas to access the range of services available to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing should they need help. This is especially important during the ongoing coronavirus situation, which we know can be a cause of heightened stress and anxiety for many people.

“To compliment the historic services we have made available, young people can access Kooth which is a fantastic early intervention and prevention service which allows people aged between 11 and 25 who are struggling with their mental health to receive prompt help and support when they need it, so it’s great that this online service is available to every child and young person living in these areas.”

Dr Lynne Green, XenZone’s Chief Clinical Officer, said: “We urge the young people of Hull and East Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire to make the most out of Kooth. The articles and forums are a great way for young people to take a preventative approach to their wellbeing and learn from others who may be in similar positions, while our trained counsellors are there for them when they need it.”

Visit kooth.com for more information.

Prevention is better than cure – Dr Satpal Shekhawat

Published on May 13, 2020

North Lincolnshire CCG Medical Director Dr Satpal Shekhawat has penned his latest advice to residents.

 

“Coronavirus guidance from the Government has changed and that may have led to some confusion amongst all of us.

It is not surprising to feel anxious and confused as we embark on slowly easing off the lockdown and leaving our households, which have been our place of safety for many weeks. The opening of schools will bring another wave of concern for parents, as it is but natural to worry about the safety of your children.

So how do we keep ourselves and our loved ones safe?

The answer lies in what Desiderius Erasmus said centuries ago, “Prevention is better than cure”. In the current world of contradicting guidelines and ever changing policies this message is easy to apply to any walk of life and it will help in saving lives.

 

My appeal to all of you is to abide by this principle and do what is necessary to minimise your contact with other members of public where possible, maintain hygiene by regular hand washing and using facial coverings in public places.

These simple steps will help in reducing your contact with the virus and thus keep yourself and your families safe.

If you top this up with reducing non-essential visits, teaching hygiene principles and social distancing to your children, then the prevention measures will become even more effective.

In my opinion these steps are necessary for all of us to follow and if we all work together then our entire community will benefit.

Take care.”

Foster Care Fortnight: Become a foster carer in North Lincolnshire

Published on May 11, 2020

North Lincolnshire Council is looking for people to look after children and is actively recruiting people who could provide foster care to vulnerable children. Foster care provides vulnerable children with family based care.

It is more important than ever that new foster carers are recruited and supported to care for children, who for whatever reason, cannot be cared for by their family.

The government has now made the process of becoming a foster carer more flexible for people living and working differently to help those in need. The council is looking for more foster carers and now is the time to consider looking after a child who needs care.

Could you look after a child, help them feel safe, loved and supported to develop? If yes, or even maybe, we would love to hear from you to talk things through.

Please get in touch by contacting the North Lincolnshire Fostering Service on 01724 297024, text ‘foster’ to 84433 or visit www.northlncs.gov.uk/foster.

CCG Chair Dr Faisel Baig urges North Lincolnshire residents to remain vigilant

Published on May 06, 2020

Dr Faisel Baig, GP & Chairman fpr NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, has delivered the following message to members of the public.

 

“Dear North Lincolnshire residents,

 There have been approximately 30,000 deaths across the UK due to the unpredictable Coronavirus and these deaths will have had a huge impact on many families.  My deepest sympathies go out to all who have lost loved ones.

You will have been hearing that we are now possibly past the peak of the Coronavirus outbreak. The R number, the “effective reproduction number”, measures how a disease spreads through the population by telling us the average number of people who will contract the disease from one person. We need to ensure this R number remains below one and this means we will all need continue playing our part.

You will have heard that discussions are taking place around how and when the lockdown could be eased a little.  However the Government decides to move us forward, there are certain key principles that will need to be followed:

  •   Maintaining Social Distancing – keeping at least 2 metres apart from non-household members
  •   Rigorous Hygiene – regular, thorough handwashing, and sneezing and coughing into a tissue (or into the     elbow fold)
  • A healthy diet and exercise regime, avoiding excess alcohol and smoking – immunity levels need to be effective and these measures will help
  • Paying attention to our mental health – speak with loved ones about thoughts and feelings and if struggling to cope, seek help from local mental health services, online: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ or your GP
  • If you have any cough or fever Coronavirus symptoms or contact with a symptomatic person, please consult NHS 111 online and be prepared to self-isolate immediately, along with your household
  • Seek medical help if you have any symptoms for which you would have ordinarily sought help – through NHS 111, your GP, A&E or 999.  We do not want you to avoid seeking medical help because you are wanting to respect the current pressures on the NHS. We are here for you.

 

There a huge range of additional measures that are being implemented nationally to help us combat Coronavirus, including increased testing for a wider range of people and further detail can be accessed through http://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.  You may also have heard about an NHS contact-tracing App that is being piloted across the Isle of Wight and it could really help us in our battle with tracing potentially infected members of the public.

You have all played an immense role in adhering to the lockdown. This has helped reduce the spread of Coronavirus, protected the NHS and has ultimately saved many lives – thank you.  

We do however need to remain just as cautious and vigilant to ensure the spread of the virus does not begin to escalate again.” 

Best wishes,

Dr Faisel Baig

GP & Chairman, NHS North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group 

 

Information on GP and pharmacy services in North Lincolnshire on bank holiday Friday (8 May)

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To help with the increased demand due to coronavirus (COVID-19), access to GP services and pharmacies in North Lincolnshire will continue on bank holiday Friday (8 May 2020).

If you need medical help, the NHS is still here for you. If you need to talk to your GP practice about something other than coronavirus, you should contact your GP practice by phone.

If you need to be seen by a GP or other clinician on bank holiday Friday, please be aware that you may be directed to another nearby practice instead of your usual practice.

Many pharmacies will also be open on bank holiday Friday. You can find the latest pharmacy bank holiday opening hours across North Lincolnshire here.

These times are subject to change so please ring before you attend.

Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner launches campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse services

Published on Apr 30, 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Humberside, Keith Hunter, has today launched a social media campaign to raise awareness of the support services available for those affected by Domestic Abuse.

During the Covid-19 lockdown, the risks of domestic abuse are heightened and with many support services having to review their ways of working, it is important to reinforce the message that all of them are still operating, ready to hear from those affected and can help.

The campaign message “Can’t Wait For This To Be Over – Lockdown is no excuse for abuse” and associated messages have been developed by the PCC’s Office in conjunction with local marketing agency Eskimo Soup and stakeholders including the Domestic Abuse leads in each of the local authority areas and specialist service The Blue Door which is commissioned by the PCC.

Keith Hunter said: “In the current COVID-19 lockdown, people affected by Domestic Abuse may be at further risk due to being in constant close proximity with their abuser. We know that there is a clear escalation of risk at this time and the lockdown could also influence new instances of Domestic Abuse where there were none previously as relationships come under strain.

“If anyone is affected or at risk, it is important to raise awareness that support is available and continuing to operate.”

The campaign will run for four weeks with sponsored messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and a webpage www.youarenotalone.online which provides contact details for all support services across Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire.

Humber Bridge coronavirus testing extended to include care home residents and staff, as well as over 65s with symptoms

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More people are now eligible for COVID-19 testing at the Humber Bridge car park after eligibility was extended to include care home staff and residents, people aged 65 and over, and those who need to leave home to work.

The extended eligibility means that care home staff and residents with our without symptoms of COVID-19 can now be tested, while people aged 65 and over can now be tested if they have symptoms.

Those who are required to leave home to go to work, such as shop keepers, delivery drivers and construction workers, can also be tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19. This means those who test negative for COVID-19 can return to work as soon as possible, and those who test positive are able to recover.

NHS staff and other key workers continue to be eligible for testing at the Humber Bridge car park facility, which continues to operate on an appointment-only basis.

Anyone who has symptoms and lives with someone who meets any of the above criteria can also be tested.
Those people eligible for testing can book it themselves via the Government’s self-referral portal: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

The drive-through testing facility at the Humber Bridge car park (north) opened last week as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and follows the launch of the Government’s partnership with universities, research institutes and companies to begin rollout of the network of new labs and field testing sites across the UK.

Alternatively, those eligible can be tested at the mobile testing units in operation in Grimsby and Goole this week.

The Grimsby site, at the Duchess Street Car Park, Grimsby DN32 0RH, will be open at the following times, for people
with booked appointments only:

• Thursday, 30th April 11am to 3pm

The Goole testing facility, at Goole Hospital Car Park, Woodland Avenue, Goole, DN14 6RX, will be open at the following times, for people with booked appointments only:

• Thursday, 30th April 10.30am to4pm
• Friday, 1st May 10.30am to 4pm
• Saturday, 2nd May 10.30am to 4pm

Eligible people can book a test themselves via the Government’s self-referral portal: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/.

Professor Stephen Eames, Independent Chair and System Lead for Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “I am delighted that COVID-19 testing has been extended beyond health and social care staff and key workers to also include care home residents, and people aged 65 and over and those who need to leave home to go to work.

“This is an important part of our overall strategy in Humber, Coast and Vale to ensure our health and care system continues to meet the health and care needs of people in our region. It is a testament to the commitment and cooperation of all partner organisations across the Humber that we have been able to get the site up and running in a short space of time.”

Chris Blacksell, Chair of the Humber Local Resilience Forum, said: “The addition of another Mobile Testing Unit in Goole, so soon after the Grimsby location, is pushing up the numbers tested each day in our region even further and giving health partners and employers a much clearer picture of the local levels of confirmed cases.

“Again, the number of positive cases of coronavirus reported in the Humber region will naturally increase sharply over the coming days as we expand the number of tests carried out. This should not alarm anyone, it will simply allow the NHS to be better informed and prepare their staffing and resources accordingly.”

For more information about COVID-19 testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available, visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested.

Humber Bridge Coronavirus regional testing centre to open for key workers

Published on Apr 28, 2020

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Humber Bridge car park near Hull as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers.

The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and is operating on an appointment-only basis for NHS staff and other key workers. The facility will be piloted for its first few days of operation.

This follows the launch of the Government’s partnership with universities, research institutes and companies to begin rollout of the network of new labs and field testing sites across the UK, with 35 testing sites opened to date.

This network will provide thousands more PCR swab tests – which are used to identify if you currently have the virus – for critical key workers, starting with NHS front line staff. This means those who test negative for coronavirus can return to work as soon as possible, and those who test positive are able to recover.

Health Minister, Lord Bethell, said: “The Government is rapidly scaling up the national effort to boost testing capacity for coronavirus to protect the vulnerable, support our NHS, and ultimately save lives.

“This new service will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS and social care staff and other key workers need to stay at home, meaning those who test negative will be able to return to work.

“This is a national effort and we are proud to be working with a number of partners to turn this ambition into a reality and roll out additional capacity to where it is needed.”

Professor John Newton, National Coordinator for the UK Coronavirus Testing Strategy, said: “New testing sites such as this one are a key pillar of our 5-pillar plan to scale up testing, and are critical in supporting NHS staff and other frontline workers who are isolating at home to return safely to work if the test is negative.

“This is a brilliant example of industries and businesses turning their resources to creating and rolling out mass testing at scale, which will help to deliver on our aim of carrying out 100,000 tests a day across the UK by the end of the month.”

The testing centre is being operated in partnership with G4S and Boots, and will offer assisted and self-administered tests. Those tested will receive their results within a few days.

Professor Stephen Eames, Independent Chair and System Lead for Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, said: “I am delighted to see this additional facility in place to serve our health and social care staff and key workers across the Humber region. This is an important part of our overall strategy in Humber, Coast and Vale to ensure our health and care system continues to meet the health and care needs of people in our region. It is a testament to the commitment and cooperation of all partner organisations across the Humber that we have been able to get the site up and running in a short space of time.”

Chair of the Humber Local Resilience Forum, Chris Blacksell, said: “We are really pleased that we are able to host this facility in our area. The facility provides crucial access locally to NHS and other key workers for them to be tested. This will help in the fight against Coronavirus as it will help our key workers across  the Humber area to get back into work more quickly and continue to support the efforts across health, social care, emergency services and other sectors.”

Gordon Brockington, G4S Director said: “We are proud of our important role in setting up and managing this Covid-19 testing site, and other similar sites across the UK. It has been inspiring to see the enthusiasm of our employees to step up and support the government, our health services and the public during this crisis.”

A Boots UK spokesperson said: “Boots has been at the heart of UK healthcare for 171 years and has always come forward to support the community in times of need. Our team in Hull is no exception. Some of our colleagues have already stepped forward to volunteer to run this COVID-19 testing station, which will start testing its first critical workers on Friday.”

The Government is also urgently working on setting up a home-testing service for critical key workers, supported by Amazon’s logistics network and other commercial partners.

Key workers can be put forward for testing by their employer or can now also book it themselves by using the self-referral route: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

Mobile Testing Unit opening in Grimsby

Published on Apr 27, 2020

A Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) for key workers and members of their household will be available in North East Lincolnshire this week. The MTU will be available for three days this week at the Duchess Street Car Park in Grimsby.

The site will be open at the following times, for people with booked appointments only:

  • Tuesday, 28th April 12pm to 2pm
  • Wednesday, 29th April 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday, 30th April 11am to 3pm

The mobile site is not open to the general public, but has been established in conjunction with the Humber Bridge Regional Testing Centre for key workers who are self-isolating because they or a household member has Covid-19 symptoms. A negative test will help enable staff to return to work much quicker, whilst a positive test will mean that the individual and their employer can take steps to reduce the chances of further spread of the virus.

Over the coming weeks, the mobile unit will provide access to testing for key workers in other areas in the Humber region. Exact sites and dates will be released in due course.

The testing service has now been extended beyond the priority areas in Health and Social Care to all key workers including  those working on COMAH sites or those in pharmaceuticals, schools, food production, transport, supermarkets and delivery staff (full list is on the gov.uk website).

These workers can be put forward for testing by their employer if they have those arrangements in place, but can now also book it themselves by using the self-referral route: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/

Chris Blacksell, Chair of the Humber Local Resilience Forum, said: “The Regional Testing Centre at the Humber Bridge has been very well attended and I thank those individuals and employers who have booked their places online and been patient when arriving on site.

“The addition of this mobile site in Grimsby will further increase the numbers tested each day in our region and give health partners and employers a much clearer picture of the local levels of confirmed cases.

“We would naturally expect the number of positive cases of coronavirus reported in the Humber region to increase sharply this week as the results come back through the system. This should not alarm anyone, it will simply allow the NHS to be better informed and prepare their staffing and resources accordingly.”

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