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People with mental health worries are being urged to seek help in a new phase of the NHS’s Help Us Help You campaign.

Although mental health services have been running throughout the pandemic there was a marked dip in referrals despite evidence that coronavirus is making problems more common. Now a new NHS campaign will encourage anyone suffering from anxiety, depression or other issues to come forward for assessment and treatment. NHS talking therapies, also known as Improving Access to Psych ...

Flu vaccination to be extended to 50-64 year olds from 1 December 2020

People aged between 50 and 64 are to be invited to have a free flu vaccine as part of the national seasonal flu campaign. The Department of Health and Social Care has now confirmed that the flu programme will be extended to the new, younger age group from December. This means that if you are aged between 50 and 64, you will be invited to get your free flu vaccine from the begin ...

Health & care staff response to COVID-19 in the running for national award

A special staffing operation set up to support the COVID-19 effort within the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. The System Workforce Bureau is one of the finalists in the Workforce Initiative of the Year category at the HSJ Awards – a leading national health awards programme. The Bureau – a form of internal s ...

The power of self care

During Self Care Week 2020 (Nov 16 - 22) people across Frimley Health and Care are being urged to take greater control of their own wellbeing so they can enjoy many more years of good health. By eating healthily, losing weight, becoming more active, stopping smoking and cutting down on the amount of alcohol consumed, people can transform their quality of life, with long-lastin ...

A different Diwali in 2020

Dr Lalitha Iyer, a GP in Slough and the Executive Medical Director for the Frimley Collaborative of Clinical Commissioning Groups, has issued the following message in relation to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Diwali - the festival of lights celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains worldwide. ...

Don’t wait to get your flu jab this lockdown

‘Please don’t wait to get your flu jab this lockdown’ is the message from your local NHS. Despite entering a second lockdown with restrictions in place due to Covid-19, flu clinics are still operating in accordance with guidelines to ensure the safety of both patients and staff. It’s important that those in groups who are most at risk of flu, and are entitled to receive the j ...

Specialist midwife urges mothers-to-be to have the flu jab to help protect themselves and their babies this winter

A specialist midwife is urging pregnant women to help protect themselves and their babies this winter by having the flu jab. Whether you have recently conceived, are midway through your pregnancy or nearing your due date, Katharine Franks, specialist midwife, Antenatal and Newborn Screening cross-site lead for Frimley Health Foundation Trust, is encouraging mothers-to-be to ha ...

More flu vaccines are on their way, says leading GP

Local GP and leading health service commissioner, Dr Andy Brooks is reassuring people that more flu vaccinations will be available for those who need them. This follows a huge, early demand for the vaccine both nationally and regionally with thousands of people having already been vaccinated in areas of Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Surrey Heath and North East ...

Mother of two young children urges fellow parents and carers to get their children vaccinated against flu this year

A mother of two young children who works for the NHS is urging fellow parents and carers of young children to make sure they are vaccinated against flu to help stay well this winter. Sabahat Hassan, who works for the Frimley Collaborative, always ensures that her daughters, aged 10 and 3, receive their flu vaccination on the NHS and this year will be no different. “Protecting ...

Celebs and lockdown heroes urge public to get cancer symptoms checked and attend routine appointments

Famous faces, including TV chefs Gordon Ramsay, Nadiya Hussein, and actress Emma Thompson are backing a major new campaign urging anyone concerned about cancer to get checked and to keep routine appointments, as new research found that even now, nearly half (48 per cent) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all. A fifth (22 per cent) would not want to be a bur ...