Wearing of face masks in surgery
From Monday 15th June, in accordance with current government guidelines can we please ask that you wear some form of face covering, either a scarf or mask when you attend the surgery.
Failure to do so will result in you being refused entry. This does not apply to children under the age of 4.
Survey on procedures during Covid-19
Covid-19 also known as coronavirus, has meant that NHS healthcare staff have needed to use different ways of providing a clinical consultation to ensure that patients still get the healthcare they need. As well as the traditional methods such as face-to-face appointments, GPs, nurses and hospital staff have been using other, safer ways to consult such as telephone, online or video consultations.
The NHS in County Durham, South Tyneside, and Sunderland are working together to understand your thoughts of the different ways people can consult with a healthcare professional at their GP practice. This survey is open to anyone over the age of 16 to complete.
The feedback from this survey will be added to the insight being gathered through other involvement work being carried out with NHS staff. The report will be used to help us to understand how we can continue to make improvements to services and encourage more people to use digital clinical consultations with their health professional in the future.
All feedback will be treated in strictest confidence and we do not require any personal information that will identify you. This survey is available to complete until 3 July 2020 and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Click here to take the survey
If you have any other questions or concerns regarding this survey, please email Tina.firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time.
New Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service in the North of England
FORMER armed forces personnel will soon be able to access a new NHS service to support them during a mental health crisis.
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) has been appointed as lead provider for this new service to improve the health and lives of former military personnel across the North of England.
The Veterans Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) has been commissioned by NHS England. LYPFT will lead a collaboration of partners including NHS trusts and third sector veterans’ support organisations to deliver the service across the North of England, which we anticipate will begin fully in November 2020.
The main delivery partners are:
LYPFT already provides the successful North of England NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS) – a specialist community mental health service for armed forces veterans – which launched over two years ago.
The HIS will provide liaison, advice and support for health and care services close to veterans’ own homes should they be experiencing a mental health crisis and, following that, provide support for veterans to gain stability in their lives including some support for families.
We will work in collaboration with armed forces charities to enable a veteran-centric approach to:
- Crisis mental health care
- Inpatient treatment, and
- On-going care across locally-based organisations that are best placed to support veterans near to where they live.
Read the full story on the LYPFT website here.
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