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Be Careful What You Share

False information, when shared, can take on a life of its own and have serious consequences.  Recently there has been a lot of false information about coronavirus and the new vaccines designed to tackle it. It’s not always easy to spot.

The SHARE checklist is an easy tool to help you know what to look out for before they like, comment or share information they come across online.  

Added:  31/12/2020

Is your medicine cabinet winter ready?

As we approach winter, the NHS sees more ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some advice (see and a range of medicines you can buy. What medicines should I keep at home? Here are some of the medicines that you should keep in your medicine cabinet. You should also keep a well-prepared first aid kit as this can help to treat . . . [Read more]

Added:  20/12/2020

Have you used the Community Equipment Service?

If you have used the Community Equipment Service in the last 18 months, we are interested in listening to your views as we are carrying out a review to improve it. Across County Durham and Darlington, health and care organisations are working together to help understand the experiences of individuals who have used the Community Equipment Service. This service provides a ... [Read more]

Updated:  11/12/2020

Why would anyone turn down their jab?

THE daughter of a 93 year-old County Durham woman who was one of the first to receive a Covid vaccine said she can’t understand why anyone would turn down their jab! Mary Kerr was one of the first pensioners to get the vaccine at the Spennymoor GP Covid vaccination hub when it opened its doors on Friday. (December 18) Accompanied by her daughter Sandra Shaw, 70, Mary was … [Read more]

Added:  22/12/2020

Mental Health & Emotional Support

This PDF file has a list of organizations that is a great starting point to help you access support.   Click on the organizations link to go to their website.

Last Updated:  06/07/2020

New Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service in the North of England

FORMER armed forces personnel will soon be able to access a new NHS service to support them during a mental health crisis.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) has been appointed as lead provider for this new service to improve the health and lives of former military personnel across the North of England.

The Veterans Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) has been commissioned by NHS England. LYPFT will lead a collaboration of partners including NHS trusts and third sector veterans’ support organisations to deliver the service across the North of England, which we anticipate will begin fully in November 2020.

The main delivery partners are:

LYPFT already provides the successful North of England NHS Veterans’ Mental Health Complex Treatment Service (VMH CTS) – a specialist community mental health service for armed forces veterans – which launched over two years ago.

The HIS will provide liaison, advice and support for health and care services close to veterans’ own homes should they be experiencing a mental health crisis and, following that, provide support for veterans to gain stability in their lives including some support for families.

We will work in collaboration with armed forces charities to enable a veteran-centric approach to:

  • Crisis mental health care
  • Inpatient treatment, and
  • On-going care across locally-based organisations that are best placed to support veterans near to where they live.

Read the full story on the LYPFT website here.

Added:  12/06/2020

Delaying childhood vaccinations could lead to deadly outbreaks

HEALTH chiefs are warning that delaying childhood immunisations, during the Covid-19 pandemic, could lead to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Public health experts, and GPs. . .    [Read more...]

Last Updated:  18/04/2020

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