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Students make protective visors for Sutton care home

Students at Orchard Hill College, an outstanding specialist educational provider, were keen to do something practical to help key workers and show their support to the NHS. After some discussion, staff produced a step by step guide on how to make protective visors. Materials were ordered and delivered by Amazon and at the end of the first day of production, they had made twenty. These plans have now been shared across all of our college centres.

The first batch of visors is being delivered to a local care home in Sutton, who were over the moon that students had thought about them and produced items to protect their workers. Frances Mckay, Curriculum Lead, said: ‘This project has been a win-win for everyone involved, students wanted to help the cause and this project is giving them the chance to make a real and meaningful impact in their community.’

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Recovery College establishes Home Learning service to help with coping strategies in this current situation

There’s no doubt that the current situation is putting added pressure on everyone, whether you’re struggling with a mental health issue or not. The Recovery College have launched a new assisted Home Learning service, designed to help you find healthy coping strategies that you can work into your everyday routine.

How does the service work?

Anyone can access our courses by clicking this link Mental Health .

“Once you’ve had a chance to absorb this information our team of Trainers and Peer Trainers are on hand Monday to Friday to provide telephone support – they will be able to answer questions, discuss the various tools and techniques that you can try, and help you work out coping strategies,” said a spokesperson.

“Over the coming weeks we’ll be adding more content to our service, including blogs, video & audio guides and webinars, so keep an eye on our website for more information as it arrives.”

Email: rchomelearning@swlstg.nhs.uk
Tel Enquiries: 0203 513 5818

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Local GPs warn “don’t wait to seek medical help if you need it”

GPs in South West London have launched a new campaign to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need.

The plea comes alongside new findings by NHS England that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP.

Seeking medical help is one of the four reasons that people can safely leave home, in line with government guidance linked to measures introduced following the coronavirus outbreak.

However, A&E attendances have dropped by around half in less than two months. Figures from Public Health England for the week ending April 19, show around 7,500 people a day now turning to A&E departments. The figure was around 14,000 at the start of March.

Merton GP and Chair of the South West London Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andrew Murray said: “We know some people will be worried that by contacting their local surgery they’ll be putting extra strain on the NHS – but GPs want people to get in touch about significant health concerns before they get worse.

“Don’t wait to seek help, if you need advice from your GP contact your practice in the way you normally would. Ignoring problems can have serious consequences – now or in the future.”

People are being urged to contact their GP or the 111 service if they have urgent care needs – or 999 in emergencies – and to attend hospital if they are told they should. GP practices will be open as normal this bank holiday Friday, 8 May.

The NHS is also reminding people that other vital services should be used as they normally would – such as cancer screening and care, immunisations, maternity appointments and mental health support.

Wandsworth GP Dr Nicola Jones said: “GPs are working in different ways to support patients while reducing their need to travel – we can help with lots of issues over the phone or using video consultations.”

“If you do need to come to your practice or we need to send you to hospital for further tests, the NHS has made changes to ensure patients who don’t have Covid-19 can access services safely.”

Across the country and locally in South West London the NHS has significantly increased its capacity and combined with effective social distancing by the public to slow the spread of the virus, this has meant that the NHS has so far successfully been able to meet everyone’s need, with capacity to spare.

Kingston GP Dr Naz Jivani added: “Your GP practice is here for you if you are worried about you or your family’s health – for example if your child is unwell or you need help with managing a long term condition.

“It is vitally important that if people have serious conditions or concerns they seek help. This campaign is an important step in ensuring that people are encouraged to get the care they need when they need it.”