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Healthwatch Hartlepool News - May 2021

14/05/2021

Dental Appointments

Dentists are currently still prioritising vulnerable patients or those with urgent dental needs; it is therefore unlikely that routine dental care such as dental check-ups will be available at this time. You should only visit your practice if you have an appointment and telephone to book an appointment only if essential. Toothache should initially be managed with over the counter pain relief until an appointment can be made. Chemists are open and a Pharmacist can advise you what is the best pain control to meet your needs. Lost fillings, crowns or bridges, broken teeth or braces are not deemed to be clinically urgent and patients are advised to contact their local dental practice when they reopen. Only ring NHS 111 out of hours when your dental needs cannot be met by self-care and cannot wait till your practice is open to contact them for advice.

NHS England recognises that people may be experiencing difficulties accessing dental services. Practices are providing services in line with standard operating procedures issued by the Chief Dental Officer and Public Health England which means the level of appointments they are able to provide has significantly reduced. It is therefore necessary for dental practices to triage patients who contact them to ensure that patients with the greatest clinical need, ie those requiring urgent dental care and vulnerable patients are prioritised, which likely means a delay for patients seeking non-urgent and more routine dental care such as check’s ups

Dementia Action Week -Monday 17th May - Friday  21st May  

What's on? 

  • Trail walk in Ward Jackson park - arrive at any time, you can scan the QR code at the Café to get started or paper sheets will be available – Green links
  • All care homes in Hartlepool will be receiving activity packs to encourage movement and participation.— Hartlepool Borough Council
  • The Bridge will be open all week for appointments and Dementia Friend Sessions    - Hospital of God
  • Pick up your Knitting needles and join in with the forget me not knitting challenge    patterns to be collected at The Bridge, the most forget me knots in a week win a £20 voucher for the Copper Kettle - Dementia Friendly Hartlepool 

To find out more information about the activities available please contact;  The Bridge on - 01429 868587

COVID—19 Update 

The Public Health England (PHE) dashboard can be found at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/. Daily reporting includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. The report also includes case rates per 100,000 resident population at lower-tier local authority level.  

National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports - A link to the weekly national flu and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses can be found at www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillancereports 

There are still some areas across the region that have opted out of vaccinating cohorts 10–12 as they concentrate on returning GP practices back to pre-pandemic levels. This means there is more of a reliance on the community pharmacies and large vaccination centres to vaccinate the younger parts of the population. Those aged 40 and over can contact the national booking service for appointments at a community pharmacy or large vaccination centre.

The R number in the UK: The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of  coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/the-r-value-and-growth-rate 

Community Public Access Defibrillators (cPADS)

A cPAD is a defibrillator that is available to members of the public, 24 hours a day, to use in the case of a life threatening emergency. In the north east, we know that only 8.7% of patients who had resuscitation attempted on them survived to be discharged from hospital. A victim’s chance of survival falls by around 7 to 10 percent with eve-ry minute that defibrillation is delayed. When a heart stops beating, oxygen is not being transported to the brain and other vital organs, and within four to five minutes, brain damage will start to occur without intervention.

Many organisations have defibrillators, which are machines that can be used to attempt to correct someone’s heart rhythm if they are in cardiac arrest, which is vital in the first few minutes to increase the chance of survival.

However, many of these are not available to the public to use or not available 24 hours per day which can mean that a vital life-saving piece of equipment is unavailable for over fifty per cent of the time. With cPAD sites, the machine is available to members of the public 24 hours a day, either be-cause it is in a building that is perma-nently open, such as a hotel, or it has been placed in a special cabinet on the outside of a building. These machines have been registered with the ambu-lance service, so that in a life threaten-ing emergency, the caller can be told where the nearest defibrillator is and asked if someone can retrieve it. If the cabinet is locked, then the caller would be given the access code.

Knowing how to help save lives. But would you know how to use one in an emergency?

What is a Defibrillator?

When a person goes into cardiac arrest, their heart stops beating normally as the electrical activity in their heart becomes uncoordinated . A defibrillator sends out an electrical shock, to stop the electricity with the aim to get it to restart in a normal rhythm.

What should I do if I see some-one who is unconscious and not breathing normally?

You must first call 999 to arrange for help. As well as guiding you through CPR, the call operator will be able to advise you if there is a defibrillator nearby. If there is, they will ask you to stay with the patient and continue CPR but ask someone around you to find the defibrillator

Remember the chain of survival

1) Early recognition of someone in cardiac arrest and getting assistance is the first step to helping them.

2) Performing CPR will help keep the brain and other vital organs supplied with blood and oxygen. According to research, CPR can double a person’s chances of survival.

3) You can triple a person’s chance of survival by using a defibrillator as soon as you can. For every minute without defibrillation, their chances of survival reduce by 10%.

4) Early advanced care by the paramedics will be helped by the CPR performed before they get there. If you start CPR within two minutes, use a defibrillator within four minutes and a paramedic arrives in eight minutes, patients will have a 40% chance of survival.

1 Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future

1 Hart, 1 Mind, 1 Future are a group of parents & Carers of children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabled children aged 0-25 who work alongside our local authority, education, health service and other service providers to make sure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families.

We do this through active parent participation and ensuring parents have a voice.

Our aim is to improve the quality and availability of information to families, to create opportunities for parent / carers to have their say, to ensure families are involved in the decision making process, to influence the development of local services and to ‘work together’ with all sectors.

Please contact

Tracie Bestford
Parent Carer Link Worker
1 HART, 1 MIND, 1 FUTURE.
19A Lowthian Road
Hartlepool
TS24 8BH

 

Tel: 01429 283095

www.1hart1mind1future.co.uk

You can also find us on Facebook

Community Led Inclusion Partnership (C.L.I.P)

CLIP promotes the ethos of the social model of disability. We are a voluntary constituted group who are passionate about breaking down barriers and sharing good practice across Hartlepool. Working together we will identify the most appropriate person or organisation to help you access services and support you require to live life as independently as possible. From financial advice, social opportunities, respite, education and employment we will work with you to get you the right information at the right time.

If you live, work or are passionate about creating change for people living with long term conditions, disabilities, sensory loss and/or carers and require more information.

Email: support@clip.uk.com

Hartlepower Energy Hub
81 Stranton
Hartlepool
TS24 7QT

 

Unhappy with your NHS treatment or care?

NHS Advocacy is now provided by North East NHS Independent Complaints Advocacy (ICA), supporting individuals com-plaining about the NHS.

Freephone: 0808 802 3000. For further in-formation please visit; www.carersfederation.co.uk

Email: ica@carersfederation.co.uk

Deaf Clients can contact us by text 07789088284 or BSL Whats app video on 07738994040

 

Dementia Action Week

Monday 17th May - Friday 

21st May 

What's on?

•              Trail walk in Ward Jackson park - arrive at any time, you can scan the QR code at    the Café to get started or paper sheets will be available – Green links

•              ·All care homes in Hartlepool will be receiving activity packs to encourage      movement and participation.— Hartlepool Borough Council

•              ·The Bridge will be open all week for appointments and Dementia Friend Sessions    - Hospital of God

•              ·Pick up your Knitting needles and join in with the forget me not knitting challenge    patterns to be collected at The Bridge, the most forget me knots in a week win a £20 voucher for the Copper Kettle - Dementia Friendly Hartlepool

 

To find out more information about the activities available please contact;  The Bridge on - 01429 868587

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