In this issue:
- New mental health survey launched
- NHS help over the June bank holiday
- Diabetic eye screening
- While you are waiting for hospital treatment
- NWAS booklet
If you have feedback about these topics, or any recent experiences about health or care services you think we should know about, give Healthwatch Tameside a call on 0161 667 2526. Or email email@example.com
If you want to give us your feedback via one of our surveys, please go to www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/share-your-views
New mental health survey launched
Have you needed support for your mental health in the last 12 months?
Or are you a carer of someone needing support?
In 2017 we completed a large project about people's experiences of using mental health services. The report we published is available to read on our website. A number of changes have been made to mental health services since then. This includes new services being provided.
If you have needed support for your mental health in the last 12 months or so, we would love to hear from you. This support could have been provided by a mental health service, or it could be from a community group or charity.
If you have asked for help, and not been able to receive this, we also want to hear from you. Feedback from carers of people with mental health challenges can also be given in the survey.
The survey is available online at www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/share-your-views
If you know someone who does not have access to the internet who would like to complete the survey, please ask them to call 0161 667 2526 and leave us a message on the answerphone. We will call them back, and either arrange to post a paper copy, or complete the survey over the phone.
We can also attend community groups in Tameside to talk to people there, and help them to complete the survey. Please ask the organisation to get in touch with us, to arrange a suitable time.
NHS help over the June bank holiday
People can still access urgent care over the upcoming bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022, when GP practices will be closed.
For details about who to contact, depending on how serious your condition is, can be found at www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/news/how-to-get-the-right-care-in-the-right-place-over
Diabetic eye screening
The Diabetic Eye Screening programme covers Greater Manchester South. They screen anyone diagnosed with diabetes over the age of 12 years old.
Over 30 people a week lose their sight to Diabetic Retinopathy which is a preventable sight loss connected with diabetes. The screening can detect DIabetic Retinopathy and treatments are available.
If you have diabetes and have not been screened in the last 12 months, call 0161 464 3000.
More information can be found at www.gmsouthdesp.co.uk/
While you are waiting for hospital treatment
The While You Wait website (www.whileyouwait.org.uk), is designed to give patients living in Greater Manchester information and advice on how to manage their physical and mental wellbeing while they wait, along with answering some questions.
If you know anyone without access to the internet who is waiting for care, there are leaflets available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu.
Please get in touch with us and we can either email the pdf for you to share, or post out a paper copy.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) have a booklet about their services. This can be found at www.nwas.nhs.uk/publications/useful-information-about-your-local-ambulance-service-booklet/
Pdf versions are also available in Arabic, Farsi and Kurdish. If you know anyone who would like a copy in one of these languages, please get in touch with us. We can either email a copy of the pdf for you to share, or post out a paper copy. They will be made available online on the NWAS website shortly.
A leaflet has been produced for adults with suspected or confirmed coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital. You can read it at www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/12/C1634-suspected-Coronavirus-important-information-to-keep-you-safe-at-home-V8_210422.pdf
For people with symptoms of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, there is information about what to do here www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19
For up-to-date information about the latest rules and guidance see www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus
There are regular vaccination hubs around the borough. If you would like more information about the location and opening times for each, see www.tameside.gov.uk/covidvaccine.
For information about health related questions, see www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/local-services/coronavirus-accessing-primary-care/coronavirus-nhs-advice
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