Two nurses from Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs honoured with the British Empire Medal

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Beverly Morris and Molly Henriques-Dillon scooped the prestigious British Empire Medal for fantastic leadership and care to patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Beverly is the Head of Continuing Health Care (CHC) at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group and Molly Henriques-Dillon is a Quality Nurse Team Leader at Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group. They have an excellent reputation for delivering patient centred care and supported work across many independent care home providers and with local statutory services.

Health chiefs in message to city’s most vulnerable

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Health chiefs are calling on Wolverhampton’s most vulnerable residents to take extra care to protect themselves and others during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health John Denley and Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of the Governing Body for Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, have written to nearly 50,000 Wolverhampton residents and vulnerable patients who are registered with a city GP with advice about how to stay safe in the weeks and months ahead.

City is By Your Side this World Mental Health Day

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The City of Wolverhampton Council, as part of its Youth Engagement Strategy (#YES), is launching its new ‘By Your Side’ campaign to mark this year’s World Mental Health Day. Aimed at easing the impact of loneliness, the campaign has been developed to support people across the city and raise awareness of services that are available to combat isolation – in particular, those for younger people who may be feeling lonely.

If you are a child or young person who feels lonely – perhaps due to the coronavirus pandemic or you have experienced loneliness for a prolonged amount of time – you can get help and support from the following services:

  • City of Wolverhampton Council Advice and Support – a collection of resources for children, young people and families to stay safe and well throughout lockdown: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/support-for-families-and-young-people
  • Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) – free and confidential advice for children and young people who have or may have special educational needs and/or a disability: www.wolvesiass.org or call 01902 556945
  • Base 25 – a counselling service for young people to discuss their problems and feelings in a confident and dependable environment: call 01902 572040
  • Kooth – an online mental wellbeing community with magazines, discussion boards, a web chat and daily journal: www.kooth.com.
  • Gazebo – a place for young people to raise their issues and concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic through the Barnardos See, Hear, Respond partnership: Call 07393 018271 or email mindfulsupport@gazebotheatre.com.                                                                              

Health chief: "If you've got symptoms, you must get tested"

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Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health is reminding residents with symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, that they must get tested. Anyone who has a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to their sense of taste and smell should immediately self-isolate and book a test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119 as soon as possible. People can now get a test within eight days of first developing symptoms.Got symptoms

Wolverhampton has five Covid-19 test centres, with a capacity to carry out up to 800 tests per day. They include a drive-through site at Alderlsey Leisure Village and four walk-through sites, at Showell Road, Blakenhall Community Resource Centre and Faulkland Street in Wolverhampton and at Mountford Lane in Bilston. Appointments must be booked in advance.

The city’s Director of Public Health John Denley said: "Testing is incredibly important. Primarily, of course, it will enable you to find out whether you have got Covid-19 and to then take whatever steps may be necessary as a result.

Protect our very youngest from flu this Winter

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Pregnant women and those who care for young children are being reminded that free flu vaccinations are available from their GP, pharmacist or midwife this year.

As part of this year’s record flu immunisation campaign, the flu vaccine is available for the first time ever to under-2s who have health conditions such as severe asthma, which could make them more vulnerable to the virus.

This is in addition to vaccination for children aged two and three, and for pregnant women, who can get the jab at any time during pregnancy and at any point during flu season.

Follow ‘rule of six’ when out and about

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People are reminded to follow the ‘rule of six’ when they are out and about to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The country-wide measure, introduced last month, makes it illegal for people to meet in a group of more than six unless they are part of the same household or the same care or support bubble, or in certain circumstances such as where gatherings are for work or education purposes, and for weddings and funerals. At all times, people must follow social distancing guidelines and stay two metres away from anyone who is not from their own household or bubble.

The rule of six applies alongside the local restrictions introduced in Wolverhampton last week which prevent residents from allowing people they don’t live with or who aren’t part of their support or care bubble into their home or garden, or visiting other people’s homes or gardens. People can only invite others into their home or garden for specific purposes set out in law. The measures have been introduced following a rapid increase in cases of Covid-19 across the country over the last month or so. In Wolverhampton, latest data shows there were 55.72 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton in the seven days to 28 September, compared to 72.17 cases in the seven days to 21 September.