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Face coverings to be worn in primary care settings

If you are invited for a face-to-face appointment by a clinician or health professional in primary care, please bring a face covering (mask/scarf) with you. This is the message from NHS commissioners to those accessing primary care services in Slough, Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Surrey Heath and North East Hants and Farnham. Although GPs, Practice Nurses and other primary car ...

How to help ensure a healthy, happy and safe summer

For many of us, summer normally means heat and sunshine – and particularly foreign holidays in hotter, sunnier destinations than we’re used to at home. Yet the on-going impact of coronavirus means that in 2020 more people will be staying at home or holidaying at British resorts. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, one part of life that hasn’t changed is our ability to ...

Children shielding from COVID-19 - an update

The majority of children who have been previously identified as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ will no longer need to shield. Does my child need to continue shielding? Children should continue to shield until 31 July. From Saturday 1 August, the guidance will be paused so clinically vulnerable people of all ages will no longer need to be advised to shield. Children will o ...

Access to Primary Care services during COVID-19

Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Britain, the face of primary care has radically changed. Yet throughout the last few months, GP practices have been working hard to support their patients and keep them safe. With many people reluctant to venture to their doctor out of fear of catching the coronavirus, doctors are encouraging people to get in touch with them promptly rat ...

NHS72 - The strength of our communities

As we reflect back on the huge contributions made over recent months we can’t forget the powerful community response that we have seen and the dedication of those who have coordinated the response. Across the country and across our local area, people have stepped forward to support those in need and shielding.  From food shops to pharmacy runs, phone calls to dog walking and e ...

Free online parenting courses available to local families

Bringing up children can be enjoyable and rewarding but it also has its challenges. At times like these, such as during the current pandemic, it is good to get outside advice and support. If you live in the Frimley Health and Care area (which covers East Berkshire, Surrey Heath and North East Hampshire and Farnham), you can access four free online parenting guides. These inc ...

#ReadyforPregnancy - the importance of healthy diet and weight

The importance of a good diet and being of a healthy weight is this month’s focus for a regional prepregnancy preparation campaign. Launched at the start of last month, the year-long #Readyforpregnancy campaign aims to encourage women across East Berkshire, North East Hampshire and Farnham and Surrey Heath to get fit and healthy before they try for a baby. Each month will foc ...

NHS72 - Care home and hospice response

Recent months have been extremely challenging for care homes, having to switch to a pandemic crisis footing in very little time. Homes have had to implement stringent measures, conduct training and absorb large amounts of information very rapidly, all the while providing services to their residents that keep both them and staff safe. Local care homes have done all this and mo ...

NHS72 - Primary Care in the face of Covid-19

Since the Covid-19 pandemic arrived in Britain, the face of primary care has changed completely. All initial contact between patients and GP practices is either online or on the phone, in order to assess patients for potential coronavirus, with people invited to face-to-face appointments as necessary. Video and phone calls have become the norm, with some GPs shielding at home ...

NHS72 – A chance to commemorate and to say thank you

After the most challenging few months in the history of the NHS, the acts of remembrance and thanks on its birthday this year have a special focus. As the National Health Service turns 72 this weekend, people up and down the country will be invited to think of those who have sadly lost their lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are also invited to show their appreciation ...