Hartwood Healthcare

Covid-19 Coronavirus

UPDATED 25/01/2023

Please could we ask if you are attending the surgery with respiratory or flu like symptoms, please wear a face mask?

There are two reasons for this. Firstly, we have a lot of vulnerable people who visit us for various treatments and despite immunisation they remain at risk from infections. Secondly, we need you to help keep all our staff safe from infection.

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Group A Streptococcus – information for families and carers of children

You may have seen reports about a higher-than-usual level of Group A streptococcus (GAS) infections in children this year, and we understand if you are concerned.

GAS is a common bacteria – lots of people carry it without being unwell.

It can cause many common mild infections, including sore throats or scarlet fever, which can be easily treated with antibiotics.

The information below explains how it is spread, and what to look for when your child is unwell.

How is it spread?

GAS spreads by close contact with an infected person. It can be passed on through coughs and sneezes, or from a wound.

Which infections does GAS cause?

The bacteria usually causes a mild infection, producing sore throats or scarlet fever, which can be easily treated with antibiotics.

What is invasive group A strep?

This is when the bacteria gets into the bloodstream and causes serious illness – called invasive Group A strep (iGAS). These cases are very rare.

Symptoms of mild GAS infections

Symptoms of mild infections include: sore throat; fever; chills; muscle aches; and in cases of scarlet fever, a rash and a white coating on the tongue, which peels leaving the tongue red, swollen and covered in bumps

When to contact us:

· If your child is not recovering after a bout of scarlet fever, a sore throat, or a respiratory infection, and you are concerned they are becoming more unwell

· If your child is drinking much less (50% less) than normal · If your child has had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more, or shows other signs of dehydration

· If your baby is under three months and has a temperature of 38C, or is three to six months old and has a temperature of 39C or higher

· If your child is very tired or irritable

Call 999 or go to A&E if:

· your child is having difficulty breathing – you may notice grunting noises or their tummy sucking under their ribs

· there are pauses when your child breathes

· your child’s tongue or lips are blue, or their skin is mottled/pale

· your child is floppy and will not wake up or stay awake

· your child has a weak, continuous, or high-pitched cry

**New Welcoming Spaces**
Bristol City Council (BCC) have recently launched 'Welcoming Spaces' in partnership with VCSE organisation across Bristol.
A Welcoming Space is a place of connection already established in the community (such as a community centre, children's centre or place of faith), where people can meet up, socialise, and access support, relating to the cost of living.
Tier 1: These spaces are seen as ‘community living rooms’, where people can spend time and socialise. They offer an opportunity for people to come together, share and use resources, join a range of activities, and/or seek advice and support relating to the cost-of-living crisis.
Tier 2: The opening times are more restricted. They are open to all but may have some activity restricted to a specific community.
Children’s Centre opposite the Health Centre
Waverley Gardens
Withywood Church
Bishopsworth Children’s Centre Lakemead Grove
All Welcoming Spaces are wheelchair accessible with an accessible toilet.

Discharge grants available to help people home from hospital

One-off grants of up to £1,200 are available in BNSSG to help people stay well at home following a hospital stay.
The discharge support grant scheme aims to help improve ‘flow’ through local hospitals and free up beds for those who are medically unwell, by supporting carers, families, friends or voluntary supporters with minor costs associated with keeping a loved one well at home following their discharge.
It can be used to support costs including childcare support, pet care and equipment. Funding can also pay for short-term personal care from a self-employed personal assistant, to help with day-to-day activities. It may be possible for a family member or friend to be supported to provide personal care.

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A new confidential messaging service called ChatHealth has been launched to enable 11–19 year old's to text a school nurse when they need support.

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FACE MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
We would like to ask all visitors to the Health Centre to support us in continuing to wear masks and socially distance whilst in the building. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, we have a lot of vulnerable people who visit us for various treatments and despite immunisation they remain at risk from Covid infections. Secondly, we need you to help keep all our staff safe from infection as the requirement to self-isolate could put our staying open in jeopardy if enough staff are affected at one time. All our frontline staff are double-immunised and we will continue to wear masks and take precautions not to get infected and become infectious. We hope you will help us to continue to keep everyone safe by wearing a mask and social-distancing in the building.

NEVER ALONE
Here are some useful helpline phone numbers for those in need.
NEVER ALONE
The GP extraction has been delayed to 01/09/2021 to give patients time to consider if they want their data shared this way.
You can opt out using the NHS app or If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to your GP practice. https://nhs-prod.global.ssl.fastly.net/.../type-1-opt-out...
If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.

 

 Useful links for support during Coronavirus:

 National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

 NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

 Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.

 MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’.

https://www.mind.org.uk/

 YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus.

https://youngminds.org.uk/

 Icon Babies cry: You can cope.

http://iconcope.org/

 SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID.

http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domesticabuse-and-covid-19

 IRISi interventions:

https://irisi.org/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/free-therapy-or-counselling

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(Site updated 25/01/2023)
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