Update from ERY CCG
We hope you are finding these weekly updates useful and they are helping you or someone you know to access help and support during these unprecedented times. The update below provides more information and key messages relating to Covid-19.
Stay alert, control the virus, save lives
To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should try to avoid close contact with anyone you do not live with. Please remember, even if you don’t feel ill, you can still spread the virus.
You should now adhere to the following guidance:
1. Stay at home as much as possible.
2. Work from home if you can.
3. Limit contact with other people.
4. Keep your distance if you got out (2m where possible).
5. Wash your hands regularly.
6. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has
Even when doing these things, you must remember to remain 2m apart from anyone outside your household at all times.
The most up to date guidance and information on how to stay well both mentally and physically during this time is available here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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NHS Test and Trace service launched
On Thursday 28 May, the NHS launched their new ‘Test and Trace’ service across England. This new service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.
From the 28th, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period.
Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.
For more information, please click here.
Breastfeeding Celebration Week
Between 1-7 June, we are celebrating breastfeeding, with an additional focus on supporting mums to continue to prioritise breastfeeding throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Breastfeeding can make a major contribution to an infant’s health and development, especially if sustained exclusively for the first six months and it’s associated with better health outcomes for the mother. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of a number of infections including chest infections.
Infant feeding coordinators offer specialist training, advice and support to the workforce and mums. These are part of the Specialist Midwifery Team and Neonatal Team (Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust) and Health Visiting Service (City Health Care Partnership CIC). They can be contacted through your midwife, neonatal care nurse or health visitor.
Please help us to share the campaign messages by sharing our social media posts.
#Cheersforvolunteers – Volunteers Week, 1-7June 2020
Volunteers’ week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen millions more people selflessly volunteer their time to support the most vulnerable residents living within communities to get essential food items and prescriptions, or to be a friendly voice at the end of the telephone.
In recognition of the amazing work all our volunteers do, we ask you to join us at 8pm tonight (Monday) to #cheersforvolunteers and say thank you for serving our communities.
For more information on volunteers’ week, please click here.
On Monday 1 June, East Riding CCG, Hull CCG and HEY Smile published a joint press release in recognition of Volunteers week. To read the full media release, please click here.
Word NO Tobacco Day 2020
People are being encouraged to think twice before picking up their next cigarette as World No Tobacco Day 2020 (Sunday 31st May) highlighted some of the great dangers and impacts of tobacco.
A new analysis of national figures calculated by Cancer Research UK show that over 1300 children aged 11-15 start smoking across Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire every year, of which two thirds become daily smokers.
Did you also know that children whose parents smoke are nearly three times as likely to become smokers themselves, highlighting the importance of doing more to help adults quit too.
If you or someone you know needs support to help quit for good, the Hull Stop Smoking Service is there to offer the support you need. Click here for more details.
Keeping active at home – booklet for older people.
Public Health England have produced an Active at Home booklet for older adults – a guide to being active at home during the coronavirus outbreak
The booklet provides practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance during the coronavirus outbreak.
To download the booklet, please click here.
Register for fast and FREE healthcare communications from your GP Practice.
GP Practices are encouraging patients to download a new App onto their mobile phones or tablets, which will directly receive healthcare messages and reminders.
It is anticipated this app will help save the NHS money by reducing the number of missed appointments, whilst giving patients easier access to GP and NHS online services, information on health conditions, online support and access to healthcare professionals.
The app is FREE to download and use.
Search “MJog Messenger” in the App Store or Google Play Store.
Mental Health support for young people – Kooth
Children and young people living in the Humber and North Yorkshire areas are being encouraged to use a free online mental health and emotional well-being service if they need support.
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 well-being 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 to articles.
Kooth can also be used to keep an online journal and track your well-being 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.
Visit kooth.com for more information.
Trusted, accessible online public and patient information resources on COVID-19
The National Library and Knowledge Services team at Health Education England has collated trusted, accessible online patient information resources on Covid-19 for all frontline staff across health and social care, and the voluntary sector, who work directly with the patients, clients, and families.
You will find information in accessible formats (Easy Reads, British Sign Language etc) and for children and families, and for older people (including people with dementia) at https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/
This resource will be continually updated. If there are topics around coronavirus that you would like to see covered, please contact KFH.England@hee.nhs.uk.
Get more active with Couch to 5K
Public Health England are working in partnership with BBC Get Inspired, Sport England and London Sport to launch a 9-week Couch to 5K challenge.
The ‘One You Couch to 5K’ app is a 9-week running programme that can encourage even complete beginners to become more active, by making it easy and fun. Starting by running for just a minute at a time, the programme sets realistic expectations and makes the challenge feel achievable from the start.
‘One You Couch to 5K’ is a programme that’s easy to follow and perfect for those who are new to running and need some extra support and motivation along the way.
The app features a choice of 5 great trainers to support and motivate you at every step of the way, telling you when to run and when to walk. Between broadcaster and former Olympian Michael Johnson, comedians Sarah Millican and Sanjeev Kohli, BBC presenter Jo Whiley, and podcaster Laura, they’ve now helped over 3 million people start their own running journeys.
The app has also been updated to include the latest advice on social distancing.
The app is FREE to download and use.
Search “One You Couch to 5k” in the App Store or Google Play Store.
East Riding Voluntary Action Services – Youth Events
East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) provide support to the voluntary, community and not for profit sectors (VCS). During the Covid-19 pandemic, they have arranged a number of exciting events for children and young people, including a virtual youth hub and telephone support line.
They have also teamed up with Healthwatch East Riding to host a ‘Virtual Health Event.’ The focus for this event will be on physical health, and how exercise can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing. This event will take place on Thursday 4 June at 1pm.
If you know a child or young person who would benefit from taking part in this event, please email VolunteenPlus@ervas.org.uk for full joining instructions.
Further details on all the events ERVAS are hosting during lockdown can be found by clicking here.
Hull A&E Staff to feature in new six part documentary
Hull’s Accident and Emergency Department is to feature in a Channel 5 documentary set to air next week.
Staff at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust welcomed a team from Crackit Productions into the department last autumn to film for the new six part documentary series.
Recorded over the course of seven weeks, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, A&E: After Dark follows the doctors and nurses working the night shift at Hull Royal Infirmary. From drug and alcohol-related admissions to everyday accidents, the series shows viewers what frontline staff have to deal with on a night shift; issues which are not unique to Hull but common across all emergency departments throughout the country.
The first episode will be shown on Channel 5 at 9pm on Monday 1st June, with the remaining five episodes to be shown weekly thereafter.
Teresa Cope, Chief Operating Officer for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We know our emergency care staff do an amazing job, so taking part in A&E: After Dark has given us the opportunity to show just what a caring and resilient team we have here in Hull and how they are trained and skilled to respond to anything and everything that comes through the door.
“In filming the documentary, we were also looking to give people a better understanding of what goes on behind closed doors, and why sometimes A&E waits can extend for several hours. Major trauma cases, medical emergencies and patients who are behaving aggressively can take up a large amount of resources; we felt it was important for people to see and understand this, and hopefully help us reduce the toll this takes on our staff and other patients.”
As part of the #CovidCommunityHeroes campaign, we want to regularly share with you the good news stories being submitted which highlight the amazing work being carried out by charities, organisations and individuals within our communities.
Here is our latest story….
Local charity goes above and beyond to help vulnerable and deprived families in Bridlington during Covid-19.
Neil, a Bridlington resident submitted a nomination to the NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, as a way of thanking Jo from The Hinge Centre in Bridlington for all her hard work during this difficult time.
Here is what Neil said, “Jo is the Centre Manager and she has worked way over her hours to support the local community, keeping The Hinge’s key services to Bridlington’s deprived communities running during the Covid-19 lockdown. The whole staff have worked above and beyond their normal duties, but Jo has been leading by example, through innovation and sheer hard work.
Jo has run the Bridlington Hub and taken control of delivery in the Havenfield Estate and anywhere else in Bridlington where needed, in partnership with and guided by East Riding Council. It has resulted in what is now accepted as the most efficient and successful COVID-19 emergency hub in the whole of the East Riding.”
The Hinge Centre is a locally run charity based in the heart of the Havenfield estate in Bridlington. The support they offer includes benefit and welfare support, job club, after school clubs, holiday clubs, art for health, independent living, community support and resettlement support.
Jo, The Hinge Centre Manager said, ‘I was very surprised to hear that I had received a Community Hero nomination. The Hinge Team as a whole have really stepped up during the Coronavirus crisis to continue to support the local community.
It’s our passion for our town and community that drive us to provide the support that we do and even during ‘lockdown’ the team have continued to work remotely, to the best of their ability. We have adapted and will continue to adapt to the ever changing government guidelines to ensure we meet the needs of our community.
I am extremely proud of each of them and proud to be the Manager of The Hinge Centre.’
If you know someone who has made a positive difference to their local community, or you have been helped by someone and you would like to say thank you, please let us know by clicking here to download and complete the nomination form.
To read more heart-warming stories from our #CovidCommunityHeroes campaign, please click here.
Supporting our community groups and charities
As this newsletter reaches lots of our amazing community groups and charities, who are working especially hard at the moment, we wanted to offer a space to include requests from local groups for assistance or donations, or equally advertise any offers of help you may be able to give to other groups and charities.
No new requests this week.
Please stay home, stay safe, and keep smiling.
NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group