It has just been announced this morning that Portsmouth and Hampshire and many surrounding areas (except the Isle of Wight) will need to follow the new rules that have been issued for Tier 2 areas from Thursday 3rd December. To watch a series of videos summarising the new rules in each Tier click on this link below the new rules in the 3 Tier system More detailed information about the rules to follow in Tier 2 are available on www.gov.uk/coronavirus The restrictions will be reviewed every fortnight with the first review being made on 16th December.
A Veteran’s Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) is launching on Monday 23rd November 2020 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area A 111 Crisis Service is also being launched for the South East Region The High Intensity Service (HIS) has been developed using feedback and input by veterans and their families, as well as the NHS England and NHS Improvement Armed Forces Patient and Public Voice Group. HIS will provide care and treatment for veterans who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, are in a mental health crisis and / or need urgent and emergency care and treatment. The new service will provide: [...]
The next Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting in public will take place on Thursday 17th December (online) 2pm - 4pm Here is the Agenda for the meeting http://Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meeting Agenda 17.12.20 If you wish to join the online meeting please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you a link to join the meeting which will be held using the MS Teams platform. The meeting in public will be recorded for the purposes of minute taking and to share with those members of the Healthwatch Portsmouth Board who were unable to attend the meeting.
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 https://wfmh.global/world-mental-health-day-2020/ Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/
Today the NHS's COVID-19 contact tracing app is available for anyone over 16 yrs old in England and Wales who has a smart phone to download (for iPhones use the Apple App Store or for android phones use the Google Play store) to help people find out if they are at risk from coronavirus. It has a number of features: Trace: find out when you've been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus. Alert: lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode district. Check-in: get alerted if you've visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus, using [...]
The Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust Annual General meeting, will be held online from 5:45pm to 7:45pm on Tuesday 29 September. The Trust will be talking about its achievements in 2019/20 and future plans. You will also learn more about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trust will launch their Cancer Strategy provide an update on developments within the Wessex Kidney Centre. The Trust's Annual Report and Accounts will be presented by Mark Cubbon, Chief Executive. To submit a question in advance of the meeting, email email@example.com by 5pm on Friday, 25 September. To join the meeting you will need access to Zoom: https://zoom.us/join. The meeting ID [...]