Changes to CEV, vaccine hub virtual tour and maternity care goes digital

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Health and Care Portsmouth

Health and Care Portsmouth Update

February 2021

New vulnerable people identifed

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A new group of people have been identified as being at high risk from serious illness if they catch COVID-19.

The government is advising these clinically extremely vulnerable people to shield - and to take up the offer of a vaccine, which they're now in a priority group to receive. Portsmouth City Council will also be getting in touch with this new group to let them know about local support for people who are shielding.

If you have been newly identified as high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) you are strongly advised to shield and stay at home as much as possible until 31 March, except to exercise or to attend health appointments (including of course for vaccination). If you can, you should order your shopping online or ask friends or family to collect shopping for you. Your pharmacy will deliver medicine to you for free if you tell them you are clinically extremely vulnerable. 

You can register for shielding support online. If you need food or medicine urgently, please call the HIVE Portsmouth community helpline on 023 9261 6709 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

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Maternity services go digital

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Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust has changed the way it delivers maternity care

There's a new way for pregnant women to self-refer for maternity care. They can now use the Pregnotes website and don't need to visit their GP or inform them separately. There is also a new My Maternity notes app allowing pregnant women to access everything online from personalised care plans, information leaflets and appointment details.

This new streamlined service means that women can take advantage of more efficient and timely care, as well as be more involved in their own care plans.

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Spotlight on...vaccination hub virtual tours

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Virtual tours designed for people with learning disabilities or anxiety

Portsmouth charity Enable Ability has partnered with Solent NHS Trust to produce highly accessible virtual tours of the four major vaccination hubs across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. These tours are designed to reduce anxiety and provide a tool to support people with learning disabilities or anxiety. 

Along with the virtual tours, a guide has been created using accessible language. This information is supported by Makaton sign language. Vaccination centre tours for Hamble House, St. James Hospital in Portsmouth and Oakley Road, Southampton along with supporting films and printable documents are currently available.

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Get involved...

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Personal health budgets

A survey is reviewing how helpful and inclusive the delivery support tools for personal health budgets are to ensure those with autism, learning disabilities, or both, are included in the legal Right to Have. Open until 2 March.

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Telecare service research

Telecare provides products such as alarms and key safes to help people live independently at home. Current users, those that may use it in future, and their relatives and friends are invited to complete a survey by 9 March.

Share your views

SEND survey 2020

2021 SEND survey now live

The SEND survey is an opportunity for parents and carers to have a say on services in Portsmouth for children/young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Open until 19 March.

Complete survey

In other news...

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COVID-19 Ask The Panel event

If you have any questions about the vaccination programme, the rate of infection, the ongoing impact of the pandemic, or anything else - register for the free event, submit your question and join on the evening.

Register now

Eating Disorder Awareness

Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This year's theme is binge eating disorder, the most common but least understood ED. If you think someone you know is showing signs of an eating disorder, it is important to get support.

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Unpaid carers report 

Healthwatch have published the findings of a survey exploring 'What Matters Most' to unpaid carers during COVID. The findings reveal impacts on carers' family life, mental and physical health and financial pressures.

Read full report

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