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WEBINARS FOR PROFESSIONALS AND UNPAID CARERS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

NHS England have commissioned Life Story Network to deliver two webinars for the East of England on Friday 27 November 12.00 – 1.00pm and Thursday 3rd December 3.00 – 4.00 pm aimed at professionals and unpaid carers of people living with dementia, focussed on the 3Ds - Dementia, Depression & Delirium. To raise awareness of the 3Ds, their inter-relationship and the importance of a person-centred approach.

For information regarding webinar content and instructions on how to book a place, please view the East of England - Dementia, Depression and Delirium Webinar Flyer.

APPLYING FOR A CORONAVIRUS TEST

Testing is now open to any member of the public with COVID-19 symptoms by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119 to book a test. 

For general information on COVID-19 please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

BOOK YOUR BLOOD TEST APPOINTMENTS ONLINE

You can now book your blood test appointments online by visiting https://www.pah.nhs.uk/our-services/service/blood-tests-30/and using the SwiftQueue system. You can arrange appointments at a location convenient for you and experience shorter waiting times. For more information view the The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust Blood Test Apppointment Leaflet.

CHANGES TO THE WALTHAM ABBEY BLOOD TEST SERVICE FROM 19TH OCTOBER 2020

From 19th October 2020, blood tests at the Waltham Abbey Health Centre provided by the The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust will be by appointment only. Find out more information by viewing the Waltham Abbey Blood Test Leaflet and Waltham Abbey Blood Test - How To Guide.

FREE FOOD FOR YOU

3food4u.org are a new community hub which offers free food, home essentials, clothes, toys and more to anyone that needs it without assessment or referral. For more information visit https://3food4u.org/

North Weald - Thursdays 3pm-5pm at Queens Hall Community Centre, School Green Lane CM16 6EJ

Waltham Abbey - Mondays & Fridays 11.30am-1.30pm at 13 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey EN9 1ER

NEW BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT SERVICE 

St Clare Hospice are now offering a selection of community services to every bereaved person in the local area (West Essex and East Hertfordshire). 

You can call the Bereavement Support Helpline on 01279 967670 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or visit St Clare Hospice Bereavement Support Services for further information. 

EXEMPTIONS FROM FACE MASKS/COVERINGS

As per guidance from the North & South Essex Local Medical Committee, GPs are not in a position to provide individual risk assessments & letters for patients who feel they should be exempt from wearing a face mask/covering.

For more information, please view the following document: Coronavirus Face Covering Exemption guidance note template - Essex

FREE COUNSELLING SERVICE IN WEST ESSEX FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 5-19

YCT is a well established and locally respected  children and young people's mental health charity. They are offering a new, FREE counselling service for children and young people aged 5-19 in West Essex. Young people and their parents can self-refer by calling 01279 414090 but MUST be registered with a GP in West Essex. For more information visit YCT Support

YCT West Essex Poster

YCT Leaflet

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SCAM ALERT 

Fraudsters are using the Coronavirus Pandemic to target elderly, vulnerable people already worried about their health and future.

The latest scam reported by Essex Police involves people impersonating Trading Standards Officers.

They appear to be targeting those who have already fallen victim to rogue traders so these may be follow up attempts to obtain even more money from vulnerable customers.

Trading Standards Officers always carry identification and can be verified by calling the national consumer helpline on 03454 040506.

 Elsewhere there are reports of fraudsters posing as NHS doctors to gain entry to peoples’ homes; offering to do shopping for those who cannot get out, and disappearing with the money;  emailing victims claiming to be able to provide a list of coronavirus infected people in their area and when they click on a link it leads to a malicious website.

“At a time when our communities are pulling together to look out for our elderly population, these despicable people are preying on their anxieties,” said Cllr Nigel Bedford, Cabinet Member for Community and Partnerships.

“Our advice is to be mindful of clicking on links in emails, paying for items online from companies you have not researched, and giving people money or your bank details if they knock on your door and offer to do some shopping on your behalf if you are unable to get out.

“Also please remember if you receive an unsolicited phone call about your bank account just hang up and if the phone rings again do not answer it .

“If any of this has happened to you, please report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040. If a suspect is at your address or you believe yourself to be at risk of harm, please dial 999.”

ONLINE BOOKING SUSPENDED

To ensure the safety of all patients and staff at the practice during this phase of COVID-19, online appointment booking has currently been suspended. 

NHS MINOR EYE CARE SERVICE

This is a new NHS service providing an assessment and treatment for minor eye conditions through local clinician and community provider network. 

You can be referred by your GP practice or optometrist - alternatively you can access the service by walking into one of the participating optometrists.

For more information please visit www.roseopticians.com or view their poster.

FIRST CONTACT PRACTITIONER CLINIC

We are pleased to announce that we now have a First Contact Practitioner Clinic at the surgery. This clinic is run by a Extended Scope Physiotherapist who can triage, assess and refer or request investigations for patients with a selective range of musculoskeletal conditions. This clinic runs weekly on a Friday morning.

For more information or to book an appointment in this clinic, please liaise with a member of reception. 

 
 

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