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NHS Brief - Online hub launched to share Derbyshire’s NHS COVID 19 info

NHS Brief - Online hub launched to share Derbyshire’s NHS COVID 19 info

Derbyshire residents can get the latest NHS Covid 19 information while staying safe at home with the launch of a new online hub
A one stop shop of latest updates, advice, information and direct 'signposting' to other helpful web sites has been added to the Joined Up Care Derbyshire hub at
https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/covid 19 information and advice
The information will help keep people safe , informed and able to access services during the Country's continuing lockdown in response to the pandemic.
All seven NHS organisations working across the
county and the city and county councils will
have their service updates covered as they are all partners in the 'Joined Up Care Derbyshire'
health and care partnership.
A postcard is being delivered to homes across Derby and Derbyshire to make sure everyone knows where they can find this information, and make arrangements to help those who do not have access to the internet.
Healthwatch Derbyshire has also provided their number so residents who want to speak to someone to get support in accessing the information.
Dr Chris Clayton, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We're continually evolving and developing our local, regional and national response to Covid-19.
"Daily national directives and briefings are helping staff and the public to stay safe, take necessary precautions and do everything possible to halt the spread of this disease and keep the NHS in a position to cope with this challenge.
Chair: John MacDonald
Director: Vikki Taylor
"Each organisation is doing sterling work in informing the public, but this one-stop shop will bring them all that information together so people can easily access all trusted NHS information from one place."
John MacDonald, Chair of Joined Up Care Derbyshire, said: "Our partnership brings together health and care services to help them work better together to serve people as well and as
efficiently as we all can and now it's more important than ever to let people know what is happening at Derbyshire's hospital trusts, with mental health providers, our local authorities,
and GP practice care networks.
"I hope the public find it useful and for their current health and wellbeing needs."
The site also has updates and resources for NHS staff to provide some additional mental wellbeing support and other useful information for everyone working in health and care during these challenging times.
Helen Henderson-Spoors, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Derbyshire, an independent organisation which supports people in accessing and getting involved in local healthcare,
said: "We welcome the launch of this hub, which will keep the public informed though a single point of contact in this fast-paced situation.
"We're passionate about making sure health and social care users get the help and support
they need – particularly the most vulnerable – as we work through Covid-19."
You can contact Healthwatch Derbyshire for help and assistance on 01773 880786.

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 08:59 by admin

COVID-19 Community Response Hub/ Unit in Derby & Derbyshire

COVID-19 Outbreak

Briefing on Council COVID-19 Community Response Hub/ Unit in Derby & Derbyshire

What are the Community Response Hubs/ Units?

In partnership with the local voluntary sector, Derby and Derbyshire County Councils have two fully operational Community Response Hubs/ Units now supporting vulnerable Derby and Derbyshire residents through coordinating local staff and volunteers:

  • They are the primary point of contact for local vulnerable people who need support such as food, medicine and befriending.
  • The Hubs provide support to vulnerable residents who do not have access to a trusted neighbour, friend or family member to help them.
  • The Hubs are also a point of contact for those that want to volunteer and help in their community
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Who is eligible?

Any resident of Derby and Derbyshire who needs support and does not have a trusted neighbour, friend or family member to help them. This includes those who are:

  • Extremely vulnerable (those on the Shielded List)
  • Vulnerable (those aged over 70, underlying health conditions, pregnant women)
  • Self-isolating due to the individual or someone in their household being ill with suspected COVID-19.

Note: those on the Shielded list are also eligible for nationally provided support including food parcels. Please check your patient has registered.

What is provided?

The Hubs provide vulnerable residents with a range of community-based support to help them safely through this difficult period including, but not limited to:

  • Shopping and provision of food
  • Collecting and delivering medicines
  • Providing contact and befriending calls to reduce social isolation
  • Support with financial needs (through welfare benefits advice and financial hardship funds).

Getting help

  • Anyone on the Shielded list and who has registered with the Government for help is contacted directly by the Hubs to discuss what help they may need.
  • An individual can register for help with the Hub themselves or a relative, friend, professional can register a vulnerable person on their behalf.

Derby Covid Community Response Hub

Tel: 01332 640000
Email: covidsupport@communityactionderby.org.uk

Open: 9.00am to 6pm – everyday

Derbyshire Community Response Unit

Register using our Online registration form

Or Tel: 01629 535091

Open: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturday 9am to 1pm

What do we need to do?

  • If people are identified as the Shielded and protected, please check they have registered for the national service if they need support. If they need support over and above this, please register them with the Derby or Derbyshire Community Response Hub/ Unit.
  • If we identify other people who are vulnerable, have no other support and need help to please register them directly or encourage to them to register for support with the Community Support Hub/ Unit.
  • Please do not send details to individual voluntary organisations. The Hubs are working in partnership with the voluntary sector and coordinating their response. We can also refer to and use GoodSam volunteers if needed.
  • If you have a list of vulnerable people who you think are struggling to meet their basic needs and may not have any support, the Hubs can contact them directly to discuss what support they may need. Please provide:
    • Name
    • Address including postcode
    • Contact Tel no
    • DOB
    • NHS Number (if known)

Email the list to ASCH.CommunityResponseUnit@derbyshire.gov.uk for Derbyshire County residents and covidsupport@communityactionderby.org.uk
for Derby City residents

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Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 08:56 by admin

Derbyshire County Council - Information on Food Access & Support

Information on Food Access & Support

As part of Derbyshire's response to COVID-19, Derbyshire County Council is working with district and borough councils and local voluntary organisations, to supply food to individuals and households who are in one of the following groups:

  1. Shielding recommended – those people advised by the NHS to "shield", and with no support network available to shop on their behalf
  2. Stringent social distancing recommended – those people with underlying health conditions or aged over 70 who have been advised by Government to minimise social contact, and with no support network available to shop on their behalf
  3. Socially isolated – people and households who are required to socially isolate for a period of 7 or 14 days due to having symptoms of coronavirus, and with no support network available to shop on their behalf
  4. Financial hardship – those individuals experiencing financial hardship and therefore unable to buy food
  5. Children eligible for Free School Meals – children who meet the eligibility criteria for receiving Free School Meals (this does not include the universal school meal offer provided to all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children).

1. Shielding recommended More »

There are an estimated 11,000 people in Derbyshire who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, due to an underlying health condition (see Box 1 for a list of conditions). These individuals have been written to by the NHS and have been strongly recommended to shield, that is to take steps to minimise all social contact between themselves and others.

Food supply for this group: a national scheme has been established to deliver food parcels to the houses of individuals in this group free of charge. Derbyshire County Council has received a delivery of food to support individuals in the short-term, while the national scheme is being established. We will work with district/borough councils and voluntary sector organisations to deliver food parcels to people identified as not yet having received a delivery through the national scheme.

2. Stringent social distancing required

The Government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures (see Box 2 for a list of conditions). Individuals in this group who do not have a social support network available to purchase food supplies for them can request support through Derbyshire County Council's Community Response Unit.

Food supply for this group: Derbyshire County Council have bought food to provide food parcels for this group. The food parcels will be packed centrally, and then delivered to individuals' houses in conjunction with district/borough councils and voluntary sector organisations. Boxes will cost £25, and individuals with means to pay will be invoiced at a later date. The contents of the boxes are generic, and a system is being developed through the Community Response Unit where specific dietary requirements are identified.

3. Socially isolated

Individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 infection (a persistent new cough or an elevated temperature), and anyone else living in their household, are required to self-isolate for 14 days following the start of symptoms. Individuals living on their own are required to self-isolate for 7 days following the start of symptoms. Individuals in this group who do not have any other social support network available to purchase food supplies for them can request support through Derbyshire County Council's Community Response Unit.

Food supply for this group: Derbyshire County Council have bought food to provide food parcels for this group. The food parcels will be packed centrally, and then delivered to individuals' houses in conjunction with district/borough councils and voluntary sector organisations. Boxes will cost £25, and individuals with means to pay will be invoiced at a later date. The contents of the boxes are generic, and a system is being developed through the Community Response Unit where specific dietary requirements are identified.

4. Financial hardship

People who are experiencing financial hardship and don't have the means to buy food.

Food supply for this group: the Derbyshire Discretionary Fund can provide emergency cash vouchers to Derbyshire residents, including for support in buying food. Derbyshire residents can apply through the Community Response Unit. Alternatively there is a network of food banks across Derbyshire that can provide food parcels to people in financial hardship. For more information please visit https://www.ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk/foodbanks.

5. Children eligible for Free School Meals (FSM)

Schools remain responsible for providing Free School Meals to those children that are eligible to receive them, even where the school is closed or the child is not attending school due to social distancing or social isolation requirements. During the response to COVID-19, schools have been asked to provide Free School Meals during the Easter holiday period, as well as during term-time. Schools are taking different approaches across Derbyshire to providing Free School Meals. Parent and carers of eligible children should contact their school to find out the arrangements in place.

Parent and carers can still register their children for Free School Meals if they meet the eligibility criteria. Please visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/your-child-at-school/meals/school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx or call 01629 536400 or 01629 536481.

Derbyshire Community Response Unit

For more information about the response to COVID-19 in Derbyshire please visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus. This website provides more details of the support available to local residents. If people need help and have no friends or family to call on, the Community Response Unit can help them by:

  • providing a food parcel
  • collecting and delivering prescriptions
  • phoning for a chat if someone has no one to talk to

To contact the Community Response Unit, please call 01629 535091 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Box 1: Individuals advised to shield

People falling into this extremely vulnerable group include:

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.
  2. People with specific cancers:
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
  • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  1. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD.
  2. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell).
  3. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  4. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.

Box 2: Individuals advised to adopt stringent social distancing measures

Government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures, including those who are:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • diabetes
    • problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
  • those who are pregnant

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Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 08:53 by admin