Staying well this winter

The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. It’s really important for you to get your vaccine as it will help keep you and your loved ones well this winter. GP surgeries will be contacting patients to invite them to book their appointment. You can also have your vaccination at your local pharmacy. Flu can be really serious for people with underlying health conditions and can lead to being in hospital. This year, the NHS is offering more people than ever a free vaccine. If you fall into one of these at–risk [...]

By |2020-11-10T15:50:43+00:0027 October, 2020|News|0 Comments

23.10.20 Update on Coronavirus cases in Portsmouth and what we are being asked to do

Portsmouth City Council has issued today the following information and request for action. In the last seven days, there were 306 new cases of coronavirus in Portsmouth. This includes cases in hospitals and the community, as well as routine testing of both staff and students at the university, and service personnel at the naval base. We're testing more people than ever before, but this does not take away from the seriousness of more cases in the city. You can spread the virus even if you have no symptoms. The more cases are confirmed, the higher the risk of the virus spreading. In turn this means more people [...]

By |2020-10-23T19:34:50+01:0023 October, 2020|Event, News|0 Comments

Updated guidance on shielding from COVID-19 for the clinically extremely vulnerable

Updated advice on shielding: 13 October Healthwatch England has updated its information sheet  on shielding to reflect the new Government guidance effective from 13th October 2020. The focus is more on protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable based on the local situation rather than one piece of advice covering everyone. This does mean that it's trying to reflect more complex guidance.   Healthwatch England has highlighted the key areas that people need to know about but kept in links to overall guidance for reference. Changes to Government shielding advice, issued 13 October From 1 August 2020, people who are clinically extremely vulnerable were advised that shielding had been paused. [...]

By |2020-10-14T19:57:27+01:0014 October, 2020|Event, News|0 Comments

Three Tier Approach to COVID restrictions – effective from 14.10.10

Portsmouth  is in the (Tier One: medium) alert category for England under COVID restrictions This means that: Meeting friends and family You can meet in a group of up to six people from multiple households. This includes children and applies indoors and outdoors, including private homes. There are exceptions, for example if your household or support bubble is larger than six. Meeting in larger groups (with certain exceptions) is against the law, with fines up to £6,400. Going to work You should work at home if possible. If you have to return to your workplace your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely. Schools and nurseries [...]

By |2020-10-14T19:42:03+01:0014 October, 2020|Event, News|0 Comments

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2020

    The 2020 theme is ‘Mental health for all.  Greater investment, greater access’.     The global pandemic has resulted in increased need for mental health support as people are struggling with stress, anxiety, health and financial worries and lack of social support in higher numbers than ever before. The World Federation of Mental Health are creating a call to action to make access to mental health support a reality for everyone.     MIND are encouraging everyone to ‘do one thing’ to improve mental health on 10th October. Their suggestions include, accessing information and support, sharing your mental health story, or practicing selfcare. There is a toolkit of images on the linked page     Find out more at: World Federation of Mental Health   Mind  

By |2020-10-10T19:29:02+01:0010 October, 2020|Event, News|0 Comments

Wake up to Homelessness

The numbers of people sleeping rough are on the rise, and with winter approaching and Covid-19 rising, it’s more urgent than ever to support the homeless. World Homeless Day was started in 2010 to raise awareness of homeless issues and ten years on, the issue is more important than ever. Homeless charity St Mungo’s is urging people to Wake up to Homelessness on this World Homeless Day as part of their awareness raising campaign. The charity is working with partners across the country to help keep rough sleepers and those in hostels, protected from coronavirus and able to self-isolate if they do need to. Poor physical or [...]

By |2020-10-08T17:08:47+01:0010 October, 2020|News|0 Comments

Are you eligible for a free Flu vaccine?

1st December updateFrom 1 December, the NHS flu vaccination is available for everyone aged 50 and over. You can get vaccinated at your GP surgery or a pharmacy offering a flu vaccine service. Find out more here.8th October Update Government issued guidance : flu-vaccination programme winter 2020 : why you are being asked to wait 7th October posting: This year, the NHS is offering more people than ever a free vaccine. If you fall into one of these at–risk groups, then you will be eligible for a free vaccine: adults 65 and over people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of [...]

By |2020-12-01T14:28:42+00:007 October, 2020|News|0 Comments