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COVID-19 Update from CEO – Wednesday 13th May

An update on some important measures we are taking across GPS to protect services

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Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for the latest advice and information before attending the practice.

The increasing number of cases of Coronavirus in the UK is placing new and increasing challenges on our practice. Our primary concern at this time remains keeping our patients and our staff as safe as possible.  For that reason, we are putting in place some pre-emptive contingencies to reduce the possibility of spreading the virus.

Please do use the 111 online symptom-checker if you are concerned about Coronavirus and do not come down to any of our surgeries.  We ask for your cooperation in answering the reception teams' questions about your problem or health query so that they can help you in the most timely and appropriate way.

We are moving to a fully on the day, telephone-first system for all GP appointments, whereby a Clinician will call you and either your problem will be managed on the phone or a same day face to face appointment will be arranged.  It will not be possible to book a face to face appointment for a later date and we have suspended online booking for the time being.  For prescription requests and dropping in letters, please use the boxes provided at the doors to the surgery buildings. When dropping in a prescription, please write your usual Pharmacy on your request and your medication will be available for collection directly from them within 72 hours (we will send your prescription to them so that you do not need to collect it).  We are trying to limit the number of people entering the surgery in order to try to protect you and your families and our team, so that we can continue to provide high standards of patient care.

We would like to reassure you that we are continually refining our plans for this outbreak and are working hard to minimise the impact on our services.  We thank you for your understanding and help.

Cancer Support

Macmillan have compiled some resources to support those living with cancer, the below PDF contains emergency grant fund information, impact on your work, Telephone buddies, wellbeing coaches and more!

Macmillan resources and services to help you during the Coronavirus pandemic

 

Carers Support

Solihull Council, in partnership with Carers Trust Solihull, have set up an emergency fund to support family carers struggling during the Covid-19 crisis.  

The fund, which is being administered by the Carers Trust Solihull, is for unpaid/family carers who are at the point of crisis and need help with essentials when no other solutions are available.  The fund will be capped at £250 per carer and may also be accessed by young carers supporting family members who require items such as learning resources or access to internet-based support groups.

CLICK HERE to find out more and apply

Looking to help and volunteer during the Covid-19 crisis?

Tap on this link to find out how

Mental Wellbeing Matters

We are living in challenging times. Every one of us is facing new situations at work and home that can leave us feeling at best unsettled and at worst anxious and upset. It is ok to have these feelings and often they will pass off quickly but it is important to have some resources to hand that you can turn to if they start to feel overwhelming.

Simple Things Matter

Looking after ourselves physically can have a positive impact on our mental wellbeing.

  • Make sure you take time to eat regularly and try to make nutritious choices — a healthy gut helps support a healthy immune system.
  • Try to take some exercise outside each day, there is lots of evidence that spending time in nature is very beneficial for our mental health.
  • Aim for 6-8 hours sleep a night as a minimum, too little sleep raises our stress hormones and can worsen feelings of anxiety.
  • Connect with other people. You are not the only one feeling like this, sharing concerns with people around you — be they colleagues, friends or loved ones, can help keep things in perspective and the old saying of ’a problem shared is a problem halved’ often proves correct!
  • Spend time doing something you enjoy each day, even better take up a new hobby — whether it is meditation, painting or learning Mandarin, developing a new skill can focus the mind and provide welcome distraction from worrying thoughts.
  • Focus on the positive: Sometimes the ‘big picture’ feels too much to cope with but try and find something each day that was positive, perhaps you were able to pick up some shopping for a neighbour, maybe you were able to call an elderly relative for a chat — focusing on what we can do that has a positive impact for someone else can improve both their wellbeing and our own.
  • Consider using technology to keep in touch with others – Zoom teleconference meetings could be used for coffee mornings, book groups—, etc. Lots of exercise instructors are offering live online classes to do at home, people are even doing online cookery classes. Whatever your interests there is likely to be an option that allows you to take part despite social distancing!

CALM app — available through the app store this resource offers short guided meditations as well as sleep and relaxation aids

HEADSPACE app — similar content to the above

NHS Stress and Anxiety Companion – free to download and helpful for mild to moderate stress and anxiety through cognitive behavioural techniques including breathing exercises, relaxing music and games. It helps you identify triggers for anxiety and transform negative thoughts into positive ones.

Have a look at the NHS Five ways to Wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/improve-mental-wellbeing/or NHS Top Tips to improve your mental wellbeing https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/top-tips-to-improve-your-mental-wellbeing/for more ideas on how to look after your mental health during this time

 
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