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Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: Edition 32

Introduction

Welcome to the latest Together Leeds bulletin, created by local NHS and council partners to provide an overview of the key messages local people need to know. Please share these messages through your own communication networks. In this edition:

  • National Lockdown
  • COVID-19 vaccine update
  • West Yorkshire Grief & Loss Service
  • Keeping active at home
  • Beware of latest COVID-19 scam
  • Data boost for home learning
  • British Medical Journal attitude survey
  • City-wide debt support
  • Peer support group for young black males
  • Your NHS is here for you
  • Training & development

National Lockdown

Stay Home Save Lives Protect the NHS poster with house in the centreWith a national lockdown currently in place, people in England must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives. Read the latest information and advice. We all have responsibility to stop the spread of #coronavirus and keep others safe.

Those clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 are advised to shield at home during the lockdown. This means that, as well as following the national rules, they shouldn’t go to work, or visit shops or pharmacies. They are also advised to take daily outdoor exercise, and should attend medical appointments. Full information is available here. We’ve translated the shielding advice into thirteen community languages which can be accessed here.
Read further information below:
 
Remember: Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives

COVID-19 Vaccine update

Why do I have to wait leaflet imageThe NHS in Leeds is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first. You can really help us to deliver the largest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS to those that need it most by following these simple steps:

  • Don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine – we’ll contact you.
  • Once contacted, please act immediately and ensure you attend your appointments.
  • Continue to follow all the guidelines – especially hand hygiene and social distancing. 

There are resources available to explain this, including a leaflet called ‘COVID-19 Vaccination: Why do I have to wait’ produced by Public Health England and the NHS. And a media release highlighting how Leeds is getting as many people vaccinated as possible.
 


West Yorkshire Grief and Loss Service

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This remains a difficult and stressful time for many of us - particularly those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic. The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Grief and Support Service offers practical and emotional support 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week FREEPHONE 0808 1963833, or online chat facility.  Read posters in the following formats: Arabic, Bengali, Easy-Read, English, Gujarati, Hungarian, Polish, Punjabi, Slovak and Urdu.


Keep active at home
people exercisingDuring lockdown, it’s increasingly important to stay active and support mental wellbeing:

  • Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media.
  • Keep yourself busy – try cooking, reading, online learning and watching films.
  • Do light exercise at home, or outside once a day – see NHS fitness studio.

 
Leeds Rhinos Foundation starts its “Try Club” Men’s weight management programme - a free 12-week virtual at home weight management programme offering honest and realistic advice without the need for diets or painful gym sessions – on Monday 18th January and Wednesday 20th January 6pm to 7.30pm. Contact health@leedsrhinosfoundation.org.
Read the current national guidance on exercise during lockdown.


COVID-19 Scam warning

Please be vigilant against a new coronavirus-related scam with criminals calling or texting you offering a COVID-19 vaccination at a cost and directing you to a fake NHS website. Remember the vaccine is FREE, and any genuine NHS vaccination booking would never require payment or bank details.


Data boost for home learning

You can increase your mobile data allowance to support home learning if you don’t have access to broadband and can’t afford to increase your data allowance. Find out more here.


Attitudes of UK adults at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19

A new British Medical Journal study amongst 1038 UK adults identified by the Government as at ‘high risk’ of severe illness from COVID-19, or self-identified as at ‘high risk’ with acute or other chronic health conditions, explored the impact of lockdown on access to healthcare, medications and use of technological platforms. Read the survey results here.


Citywide debt support

MIC money information centre logoJanuary is a time where many of us take stock of our financial situation and tighten the purse strings. The Leeds Money Information Centre website is a Leeds City Council-managed website. It provides regularly updated information on where to access free, independent and confidential advice and support in the following areas:


Support for young black men

A local peer support group called Young Black Minds starts Monday 18th January in the evening. The group provides peer support to 16 to 25-year-olds and is a safe space to talk with a group of likeminded men about any struggles and to learn ways to manage stresses you face.  Please email peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk or telephone 0113 305 5800.


Your NHS is here for youNHS Logo

It’s important you get help quickly if you, or your loved ones, become suddenly unwell
 
In a health emergency – e.g. if you experience chest pains, have blackouts, lose excessive amounts of blood or notice anything worrying such as slurred speech, a drooping face or loss of feeling in your arms or face – you must call 999 or go to your local A&E.
 
Please tell the operator (when ringing 999) if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have symptoms, and inform paramedics on arrival. It’s also really important that if you’re concerned about an existing health condition - such as a lump in your breast, blood in your pee or poo or unexplained weight loss – or are feeling unwell, you still get in touch with your GP in the first instance. Don’t leave this to chance. If you, or anyone in your household, have
COVID-19 symptoms, you should stay at home and use the NHS 111 online service.
 
If you need to access your GP, you may notice differences in the way service is delivered. For example, your GP surgery will now want to speak to you on the phone or online. GP practices in the city have moved the majority of their appointments to telephone or video consultations. Face-to-face appointments are still offered where absolutely necessary with patients being advised accordingly. In addition, any practices that previously provided same-day walk-in appointments have suspended this option.
These changes help protect people from coronavirus, whilst still being able to support people with an emergency medical needs.


Training and Development

Leeds City Council’s Public Health Training Team has launched its latest sessions for anyone with an interest in, or responsibility for, promoting health and wellbeing in Leeds. The full programme, and booking details, can be found here. 


ringing telephoneUseful Contacts

  • Leeds Directory - the council’s online source of information about a range of local community care and support services, activities and events - provides an important link to essential services, such as trades that can help with urgent repairs in the home to keep residents safe and well. Please take a look at the easy-to-use website, try it out and spread the word.
  • Call the Leeds City Council helpline on 0113 378 1877 if you're self-isolating and don't have friends or family nearby who can help. Our volunteers can help you with shopping, transport to medical appointments, or a call to check how you are.
  • Call NHS 111 if you need medical help but it’s not an emergency. A trained advisor will help you access the best service to meet your need. You can also go online www.111.nhs.uk.
  • MindWell has a coronavirus information hub with the latest information and resources to help people in Leeds take care of their mental health and is at this time. It’s also helpful if you’re concerned about someone or if you’re a professional supporting others.
  • MindMate is a trusted Leeds-based website specifically for children and young people, their families and the professionals who support them.
  • Leeds Domestic Violence Service helpline on 0113 246 0401. If calling is unsafe, a web-chat service is now being offered from Monday-Friday between 1pm-3pm via https://leedswomensaid.co.uk/. If you’re in immediate danger, call 999 (press 55 after the emergency number if you’re in danger and unable to speak).
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Bereavement Support Line: FREEPHONE 0808 196 3833, and a live chat function is available on the website. The service is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.

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