Category Archives: Health

COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace scam warning

COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace scam warning

Covid Test and traceCity of London National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued information about the risk of a scam involving the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace procedure.

This information has now been circulated by the Yorkshire Community Messaging Service.

Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for further details.

 

‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’

Carers UKA report, by Carers UK, ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’ provides a real insight into the experience of being a carer during this pandemic over a 10 day period in April. The comments by carers highlight the stress and heart-breaking concerns they experience. 55% of unpaid carers feel overwhelmed and are worried that they are going to burnout in the coming weeks. Read the report here.

Feeling isolated in a rural area?

CountrysidePeople aged over 70 have been told by the government to prepare to self-isolate for potentially a “very long time” to help tackle the spread of coronavirus. But what will life be like for those in the countryside, often far away from their families? Follow this link to read about the experience of one rural area. However, there are lots of charitable and voluntary organisations who are helping older people. Follow this link to find out about some of the resources which are available to support older people.

Self-isolating or unable to shop for food?

FoodWhere to find food & necessities during the Coronavirus outbreak? As at 23 March, HELP and Supporting Older People, have kindly provided  a list of some companies offering deliveries locally to people who are having to self-isolate at home over the coming weeks. Please note this may be subject to change, depending on the developing situation. For the list of suppliers, please visit our ‘Topical News’ page.

This information is also being communicated via North Yorkshire Community Messaging.

Compassionate support for people bereaved by suicide

MH despairThere is a new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide across Harrogate.

NHS England has provided funding for a suicide bereavement service across West Yorkshire & Harrogate. The project is run by Leeds Mind and informed by the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service. The workers have their own personal experience of suicide bereavement. You can access support as an individual or work place. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves. To access support you must be a resident of West Yorkshire or Harrogate. For more details follow this link. (Possible slow link)

Small gestures make a huge difference

NeighboursLots of us are already doing a great job of looking out for each other, but there is still more we can do to make our local areas healthier and happier for everyone. ‘Looking Out for Neighbours’ is a community campaign running across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to help local people feel better in the place they live and have the peace of mind good neighbours bring. For further advice and tips on how to help neighbours, follow this link.

23 million hours of unpaid care provided by over 80s

Couple caring for each other 2A report published by Age UK indicates that 23 million hours of unpaid care is provided by people over 80. This is equivalent to 1.2 billion hours of care a year at a saving of £23 million to the healthcare system.

Unfortunately this comes at a personal cost to the health of the carers, who are often living with long-term health and mobility problems and who are unable to get any  breaks or respite from their duties.

For further details, please follow this link.