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Coronavirus Update

Please note we are no longer offering face to face appointments. All appointments will be telephone triage only.

Stay at home for 14 days if you have either:
A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
A new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

A change or loss in smell/taste (Updated 19.5.2020)

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home. Read the advice about staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 14 days

Use the 111 coronavirus service. Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

NEW: Coronavirus app from the Government

A new Coronavirus Status Checker has been launched that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak. People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions which will tell the NHS about their experience.

See https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-asks-people-to-share-their-coronavirus-symptoms-to-help-others?fbclid=IwAR0zep4sfP9eurK7NMBVp4EsxSpobNr15RVU-UeU5DewtPpAAJSjt90_krQ for more info

Information in the City

Information in the City

http://informationnow.org.uk/articles/602/information-in-the-city

The above four websites provide information regarding:-

Information Now:

Newcastle's Older People's information and advice website: Helping you to plan ahead, make choices and live a good quality of life.


Health signpost directory:

Discover local groups/services who provide support, advice and activities to improve your health and well-being


Family information services:

A guide to local organisations, childcare and events.


Patient information centre:

Mental health and wellbeing information including self help guides, health information in other languages and a searchable self help and support directory.

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is where you are prescribed activity or exercise to improve your physical and mental health. It may be used in place of medication or alongside other forms of treatment. It’s also known as a community referral.

Who is Social Prescribing for

Social Prescribing works well for people with:

  • mild or long term mental health problems
  • long term health conditions, such as: multiple sclerosis, diabetes, heart disease or people who need to lose weight
  • loneliness
  • social or emotional needs
  • and for people who make repeat visits to health care services

How does Social Prescribing work

  1.  GPs, nurses or healthcare professionals refer you to a Social Prescribing Service. You are given an appointment with a  Link Worker also known as a connector, navigator or an enabler.
  2.  they work with you to understand your needs and interests to create your personal plan.
  3.  you are referred to activities in your community such as cooking classes, gardening, art, music, exercise, lunch clubs, volunteering and much more.
  4.  support may be given to you to attend activities in the community until you feel confident to attend independently.
  5.  further appointments and continued support are offered where needed.
Examples of how Social Prescribing may help

If you are feeling lonely being referred to a social group or activity might help you to feel happier and more connected.

If losing weight may help to you to improve your health, walking groups or a community gym sessions can help.

How to access Social Prescribing - Speak yo your GP




 
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