Wessex Cancer Trust launches ActionMan

Wessex Cancer Trust, a charity that supports thousands of people living with cancer in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, has launched a men’s health campaign called ActionMan. Funded by Action Hampshire, it will encourage men to be aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and contact their GP if they have any concerns.ActionMan has been launched in response to the results of a study carried out by a group of junior doctors in Hampshire. It found that 43% of men would feel discouraged from talking about worrying changes to their body for fear of ‘making a fuss’, and 23% would be too embarrassed. Many men [...]

By |2021-04-30T16:12:31+01:0030 April, 2021|News|0 Comments

Helping People Cope with the Impact of COVID

There is now a free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) package designed to help people cope with impact of Covid-19 . http://www.spacefromcovid.com/This is free for anyone in the UK to use and has been developed by Silvercloud Health who provide most of the online therapy for the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme nationally,

By |2021-04-29T13:12:53+01:0029 April, 2021|News|0 Comments

Which COVID-19 test is right for you?

Not all COVID tests are the same so it’s important to get the right one. Find out where to go to get tested, which test is most suitable for you, and what to do if you get a positive COVID-19 test result. Which test do I need if I have COVID-19 symptoms? You will need a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test if you have at least one of these three coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms: a high temperature a new, continuous cough you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed Or... you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you’ve been [...]

By |2021-04-21T13:40:45+01:0021 April, 2021|News|0 Comments

Upcoming engagement workshops

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System is looking at developing a digital system across the area which offers GP appointments online and video-based appointments. The NHS area team have also been thinking about how they can support people to live healthier lives using digital services. Healthwatch have been working with the local NHS team, supporting the gathering of feedback from people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight area. We have just been informed about a couple of workshops that NHS Hampshire and The Isle of Wight are hosting to gather more detailed knowledge about patient interest in using digital appointments and consultation services [...]

By |2021-04-20T14:15:04+01:0020 April, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Portsmouth’s asymptomatic test site relocation

Portsmouth's asymptomatic test site has now moved from the Guildhall to Somerstown Central. This service ensures that anyone in Portsmouth can take up asymptomatic testing, as one in three who get the virus don’t get symptoms but can spread it. Taking up regular free testing - by booking appointments or collecting home test kits - will help slow the spread of coronavirus. Somerstown Central is open between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday, or 8am-1.30pm Saturday and Sunday. No appointment is needed for home test kit collection. Book supervised test appointments online.

By |2021-04-20T10:55:44+01:0020 April, 2021|News|0 Comments

May Bank Holidays 2021 Pharmacy Opening Hours: Portsmouth

The pharmacies listed in the attachment below should be open as shown. The details are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change. You are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you require. Details of local pharmacies can also be found here. Click here to view the May Bank Holiday pharmacy opening hours or view the image below.

By |2021-04-29T12:14:01+01:0019 April, 2021|Event, News|0 Comments

Community based social care and older LGB people research

The University of York is currently carrying out research to consider how inclusive (or not) generic community based social care services, groups and organisations are for older lesbian, gay & bisexual people. They want to understand the experiences of people who access groups or services and those who work or volunteer in them through informal interviews and a focus group. The aim of this project is to highlight clear information these services and groups can use to be more inclusive going forward by understanding people's experiences of engaging with these groups or organisations. Groups or services might include formal service provision but can also include hobby, interest [...]

By |2021-04-16T11:32:41+01:0016 April, 2021|News|0 Comments

Roadmap out of lockdown – step 2

Over 97,000 people in Portsmouth have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and there were 32 new cases of coronavirus reported in the city in the last seven days. However, it's important to remember that the virus is still with us, including the UK variant that spreads much more easily. When we meet with more people, there are more opportunities for the virus to spread so it's more important than ever to stick to hands, face, space and letting fresh air in. More changes have come into force today as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown. What's changing: More venues can open, including [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:38:04+01:0012 April, 2021|News|0 Comments