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.
It was announced on Sunday, 12 December 2021, that the NHS will offer a booster vaccination booking to every adult by the end of December in response the Omicron variant.
Please note that you should not contact your GP Practice to book your booster jab, you should use the National Booking Service or call 119. Some vaccination sites may offer a walk-in service but the best way to ensure you get a jab is to make an appointments through the nationals booking service.
General practice is working hard to support the covid-19 vaccination programme, but we are still here for you but the way you access care may be different:
Some individuals are unable to be vaccinated and also, in some cases, tested for medical reasons. You can apply for proof that you have a medical reason why you should not be vaccinated or why you should not be vaccinated and tested.
If you get this proof of medical exemption you’ll be able to use the NHS COVID Pass wherever you need to prove your COVID-19 status within England.
Until 24 December 2021, you can self-certify that you’re medically exempt if you work or volunteer in a care home.
Some businesses in England choose to use the NHS COVID Pass as a condition of entry. Until 24 December, businesses can decide whether to allow in people who self-declare that they’re medically exempt.
From 25 December, if you’re unable to get vaccinated, you’ll have to use the NHS COVID Pass in the same way that people who are fully vaccinated use it.
For full information on the requirements for proof regarding being exempt from Covid-19 vaccination please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-medical-exemptions-proving-you-are-unable-to-get-vaccinated
With the new legal requirements regarding face coverings coming into effect in England, we thought it might be useful to explain when and who requires a covid exemption card/certificate.
If you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering:
This means that you do not need to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.
However, if you feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering, this could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or sign. Carrying an exemption card or badge is a personal choice and not required by law.
If you wish to use an exemption card or badge, you can download and print out or show these templates: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
In settings where face coverings are required in England, there are some circumstances where people may not be able to wear them, so please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances.
Some people are less able to wear face coverings, and the reasons for this may not be visible to others.
This includes (but is not limited to):
There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering:
We hope you find some of the following resources helpful. These links are provided for your convenience, some services are provided by some of Cheshires mental health services and many others are provided by charities.
Links made to other sites/Apps are made at your own risk and Oaklands Surgery accept no liability for any linked sites.
Visyon – Offer one to one therapy, therapeutic group work, family support work, therapeutic play, creative activities, mentoring, CBT, solution-focused therapy and parent support groups. Based in Congleton.
Tel – 01260 290000 www.visyon.org.uk
Relate – Offer children and young peoples counselling for those suffering from mental health problems, problems at school or issues with parents. Nearest centre in Crewe.
Tel – 0300 0030396 www.relate.org.uk
Hope Again – Supporting children and young people after loss. Offers face to face, group work, telephone and email support. Unfortunately the nearest centre is in Birkenhead, Wirral.
Tel – 0808 808 1677 www.hopeagain.org.uk
Papyrus – Provide confidential support and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Run a national helpline.
Tel – 0800 068 4141 https://www.papyrus-uk.org/
Catch22 Cheshire East Family Focus – Provide solution-focused support for families with complex needs including young people involved in crime, children who do not attend school regularly, children who have been assessed as needing support and parents and young people with a range of health problems. Requires a referral through Cheshire East Consultation Service from a professional.
Tel – 01625 487180. Referral number – 0300 123 5012
Bullying UK offers support via a helpline, extensive advice on our website, befriending services, and parenting/relationship support group on any aspect of bullying. Contact them via their helpline 0808 800 2222 or www.bullying.co.uk.
Online Counselling & Support Lines
NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-children-about- feelings
NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/talking-to-your-teenager
Some other useful websites:
Bereavement & Loss
Child Bereavement UK – Offer support for families who have lost a child or support for children who are bereaving. The nearest centre is Runcorn where they offer counselling and also a Young Peoples Advisory Group. They do also have a helpline and some useful information sheets about children and bereavement.
Tel – 0800 02 888 40 www.childbereavementuk.org
The East Cheshire Hospice Children’s Therapies Team offers support for families, teachers and healthcare professionals working with bereaved children through training events, group work and face to face counselling for children and teenagers who have experienced the loss of someone important to them. Contact via 01625 610364 or www.eastcheshirehospice.org.uk/patients- families/children’s-therapies.
St. Luke’s Hospice supports young people and children regarding loss and bereavement within the Mid & South Cheshire area. They can arrange counselling sessions for children individually, as part of the whole family or as a group of young people. Contact them via 01606 555693 or www.stlukes-hospice.co.uk/how-we-can-help/families-carers/bereavement-support-for-children/.
Care for the Family is a national charity that aims to promote strong family life and to help those who face family difficulties, offering Marriage Support, Parent Support and Bereavement Support. Contact them via 029 2081 0800 or at www.careforthefamily.org.uk
www.winstonswish.org offers support to children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.
www.riprap.org.uk is especially for teenagers who have a parent with cancer.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is somewhere that you can learn from other young people, how to cope with grief, and feel less alone. Contact this service at www.hopeagain.org.uk or via 0808 808 1677.
www.griefencounter.org.uk support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. Additionally, they can be contacted via their helpline 020 8371 8455.
For substance misuse, www.talktofrank.com/mess-with-your-mind could be accessed. They also have online and telephone support available via their website.
www.changegrowlive.org/content/change-grow-live-cheshire-east/ offer CYP substance misuse services across East Cheshire.
www.adfam.org.uk is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol.
Mind – Provide information and support
Tel – 0300 123 3393 www.mind.org.uk
Samaritans – 24-hour crisis line
Tel – 116 123
Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Hub – Support for those in fear of their partner or family member, concerned about their own behaviour or concerned for someone else’s safety.
Tel – 0300 123 5101 or text 07771941464
Cheshire Without Abuse – Support women, men and children whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse. Offer counselling, training, support meetings, recovery programmes, drop-in sessions.
Tel – 01270 250390 www.cheshirewithoutabuse.org.uk
Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust – Support and information if someone is a carer including benefits and rights as a carer
Tel – 0800 085 0307 cheshireandwarringtoncarers.org
Carers Trust 4All – Provides practical support to carers and people with care needs
Tel – 0151 230 1137 www.carerstrust4all.org.uk
Relate – Provide relationship counselling, family counselling, medication and sex therapy.
Tel – 0300 100 1234 www.relate.org.uk
Pandas Foundation – Support and advise any parent who is experiencing perinatal mental illness. Also inform and guide family members, carers, friends and employers as to how they can support someone who is suffering. Nearest support groups are Poynton, Stockport and Stoke but they also offer helpline and online support.
Tel – 01691 664275 www.pandasfoundation.org.uk
Motherwell – A service for mothers which offers educational services, holistic therapies and mental health support for pre and perinatal depression
Tel: 01606 557666
Brightlife – Project helping to address isolation and loneliness amongst older people. Help them access a range of activities and social opportunities. Based in Winsford
Tel – 01606 884444 www.brightlifecheshire.org.uk
Amparo – Support service for anyone who has been affected by suicide
Tel – 0330 088 9255
Survivors of Bereavement – Offer a helpline and lots of information and advice for those affected by suicide
Tel – 0300 111 5069 www.uk-sobs.org.uk
Expert Patient Programme – 6-week course for anyone living with a long term health condition.
Tel – 01625 505617 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing Well – Offering a range of services and activities in Crewe and surrounding areas to improve the health and wellbeing of local people
Tel – 01270 256919 www.wishingwellproject.com
One You Cheshire East – Provide practical support to help people stop smoking, drink less, move more and eat well
Tel – 0808 1643 202 www.oneyoucheshireeast.org
Military Veterans Service – Offer specialist psychological interventions to military veterans of the British Armed Forces for their service related difficulties
Tel – 0151 908 0019
YouinMind – www.youinmind.org for advice and resources
SMASH care hub: https://www.carehub.info/
Emotions Anonymous – https://www.recovery.org/support-groups/emotions-anonymous/ 12 week online programme
Sexual Assault, Safeguarding Vulnerability & Domestic Violence
If you are feeling worried or anxious about breast cancer after the sad news about Sarah Harding, there is support and advice available for you.
Breast Cancer Now have nurses available to answer your questions via their free Helpline 0808 800 6000 or you can find out more about signs and symptoms on their website https://breastcancernow.org/…/signs-symptoms-breast-cancer
You can also find advice at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/symptoms/
If you notice any symptoms of breast cancer, such as an unusual lump in your breast or any change in the appearance, feel or shape of your breasts book an appointment to see your GP asap.
The GP will examine you. If they think your symptoms need further assessment, they’ll refer you to a specialist breast cancer clinic.
This week is Migraine Awareness Week and aims to raise awareness of the condition and highlight the impact it has to people living with it.
A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.
Migraine is a common health condition affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.
Simple painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be effective for migraine. However, be careful not to take too many painkillers as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.
You should make an appointment to see your GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than five days a month), even if they can be controlled with medication, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.
More information on migraines can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/
We want to ensure that our GP practices are safe places for everyone – that is our absolute priority and we ask that you do all you can to help us help you. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and we thank you for your support – we’re #inthistogether. Watch this short film put together by Cheshire CCG featuring Tina Birkby a local Practice Manager and local GP, Dr Judi Price reinforcing the need to continue to stay safe and the ways that people will access general practice for the foreseeable future.