An official 999 service has now been launched in British Sign Language.
Using a dedicated smartphone APP or the 999 BSL website, callers will be connected to a 999 call handler via a BSL interpreter.
The service can be accessed at 999bsl.co.uk – you can also download the iOS or Android app there.
The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. Account verification is done centrally and you don’t need a password from your GP surgery.
You can now use the app to show your Covid vaccination status.
You can use the NHS App to:
Download the app now from the App Store or Google Play, or find out more information at NHS App – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, the event happens annually and is hosted by Marmalade Trust.
The campaign aims to reduce the stigma around loneliness and encourage people to talk more openly about it. The campaign aims to reach 18-24 year old’s, we know that young people feel more confident and motivated to take action to help other people who feel lonely rather than doing things to help themselves.
However, we know that loneliness is an issue that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives.
This week, reach out to others, check in on friends and family, help someone who may be feeling lonely, small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
The NHSBSA have released new Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for HRT products.
The SSPs apply to Oestrogel pump gel, Sandrena 0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets and Lenzetto spray.
Pharmacies are now allowed to switch patients to patches if they are unable to obtain a supply of the gels.
Pharmacies are also allowed to restrict the quantities to 3 months’ supply without contacting the prescriber.
Local pharmacies have been contacted to ensure they are aware of the SSPs.
Please note that you do not need to contact your GP, your Pharmacist will be able to look into this for you.
The Alzheimer’s Society have chosen ‘diagnosis’ as this year’s theme to encourage those who might be living with, or close to someone who might be living with undiagnosed dementia to be able to understand and recognise potential dementia symptoms and feel empowered to take the next step.
If you or other people are noticing that memory problems are getting worse or affecting every day life, you can get support and information on the right steps to take at https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-action-week
Loneliness affects millions of people in the UK every year and is a key driver of poor mental health. The Foundation’s ‘mental health in the pandemic’ research has found that loneliness has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. The week aims to raise awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.
Read more about the research here https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/news/mental-health-foundation-announces-loneliness-theme-mental-health-awareness-week-2022
If you need support with your mental health or are worried about someone else visit https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/ for more information.
Every year, people around the country use Dying Matters Awareness Week as a moment to encourage all communities to get talking in whatever way, shape or form works for them.
With the pandemic far from over, the UK is still struggling with big questions about how and where we die, who we are with at the end and what care and support we have in place.
The mission is to help people to talk about dying and grief, and plan for the end of life. For more information and support visit https://www.hospiceuk.org/
Sun Awareness Week is annual campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of sun protection especially during the Summer.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and rates continue to rise, so making sure you are protected is vital.
Remember to take extra care to protect babies and children as their skin is much more sensitive. Find out more https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/
This week is Deaf Awareness Week and this year is being used to celebrate deafness!
Did you know that 1 in 5 adults in the UK is deaf or has hearing loss? There are also over 50,000 deaf children and young people in the UK and some of those will be sharing their stories this week using the hashtag #MyDeafStory.
If you would like to know more about how you can communicate easier for someone who is deaf or has hearing loss there are a number of sites you can use: