Monthly Archives: October 2020

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Live Life Well – FREE online healthy lifestyle workshops

Leading a healthy lifestyle is not always easy at the best of times, so the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have made it even harder.

Many of us struggle with sticking to a healthy diet, being active or dealing with low moods and loneliness. This can be even more difficult for people living with long-term conditions like diabetes or heart disease.

But there are some simple ways we can improve our general lifestyle and wellbeing, hopefully helping us to stay well over the winter months and beyond.

In partnership with Bucks Adult Learning, Buckinghamshire CCG has developed a series of interactive online sessions packed with healthy lifestyle information.

Each session offers useful tips about maintaining a healthy diet, physical activity, sleep and mental health. They will also give people the chance to set their own personal goals to help them make positive changes to their lifestyle.

All the information you need on how to enrol can be found by clicking here to view this poster – simply call the number at the bottom of the poster and quote the appropriate course reference number.

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Parents in Bucks urged to make sure eligible children get their flu vaccination

As flu season approaches, parents and guardians across Buckinghamshire are being urged to make sure all eligible children are protected against the virus by taking up the offer of a free flu vaccination. For most children the vaccine is given by a quick, painless spray up the nose.

With coronavirus still circulating, getting a flu vaccination is more important than ever this winter.

This year, children aged two and three, all primary school children, and children in school year 7 will be offered a free flu vaccination by the NHS.

Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children, causing fever, stuffy nose, dry cough, sore throat, aching muscles and joints, and extreme tiredness. This can last several days or more.

Some children can get a very high fever, sometimes without the usual flu symptoms, and may need to go to hospital for treatment. Serious complications of flu include a painful ear infection, acute bronchitis, and lung disease including pneumonia and bronchiolitis.

Dr Juliet Sutton, GP and Clinical Director for Children’s Services at NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Many children get their free flu vaccination every year, but we want to ensure even more are protected this winter. Flu transmits more easily in children, so by making sure all eligible children are vaccinated we can really reduce the spread. This will not only avoid an unpleasant illness for your child, but will help protect any vulnerable people that they come into contact with. This is vital with coronavirus still spreading, as studies have shown that people who catch both viruses at the same time are at even greater risk – particularly the elderly and vulnerable.”

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “For most people the flu is a very nasty illness, but for the elderly or vulnerable, it can be life-threatening. This year, it is more important than ever that we do everything possible to keep each other safe and well, both from the flu and from the coronavirus. So please make sure your child has their flu vaccination this year– my own children will certainly be having theirs. This winter, more than ever, it could really save lives.”

Some parents may be concerned that coronavirus and flu symptoms are similar. If your child has a continuous cough, high temperature or a loss or change in their sense of taste or smell, they should be kept at home and a coronavirus test should be requested by calling 119 or going to www.gov.uk/getting-tested-for-coronavirus.

Schools have received guidance on signs and symptoms of coronavirus, which should have been shared with parents.

Children with pre-existing health conditions, even if well managed, are at higher risk of severe complications if they get flu. It is especially important that these children are vaccinated. Parents can contact their GP surgery to arrange an appointment.

Vaccination sessions will be held at schools during the autumn term for primary school-aged children and those in Year 7 at secondary school. Children who do not attend school will be invited to an alternative local venue. Please wait until an invitation and/or consent form is received and follow the instructions provided.

Parents of two-and three-year old’s should receive an invitation to have the flu vaccination at their GP surgery before the winter. If they haven’t heard from their GP by early November, they should contact the practice they are registered with directly to make an appointment.

Please go to our Ready for Winter page for more information on what you can do to prepare for the cold weather ahead and stay as healthy as possible.

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Coronavirus: latest information and advice

For the latest national coronavirus advice, including information on symptoms, when people should stay at home and how to arrange testing, please go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. This website also tells you how to download the NHS COVID-19 app.

  • For the latest guidance and support information about Coronavirus from Public Health England, go to gov.uk/coronavirus
  • NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
  • GP practices are open and providing advice and care to patients. But, due to the pandemic, the way you access services may be different at the moment – find out how by clicking here.
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has information about changes to services at its hospitals (including Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Amersham) during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • You can find local information and advice on council services (including schools, social care, transport), and plans for managing any local outbreaks on the Buckinghamshire Council website.
  • Advice for people at higher risk of coronavirus is available here.
  • Guidance is also available on face masks and coverings

 

 What to do if you think you have coronavirus

Do NOT leave your home if you think you have coronavirus

You do not need to contact your GP if you think you have coronavirus. 

  • You can click here to book a test, or arrange one by calling 119. Please only book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms: a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
  • You can also use the online 111 coronavirus service to get advice and find out what to do. Please only call 111 if you cannot get help online, or cannot handle your symptoms at home.

 

Babies and children

  • Call 111 for advice if you’re worried about a baby or child. If they seem very unwell, are getting worse or you think there’s something seriously wrong, call 999. Do not delay getting help if you’re worried.
  • This useful guide can also help you decide which services to use and when if your child should become ill or injured.

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Buckinghamshire residents asked to do their bit to stem rise in local COVID cases

Coronavirus cases in Buckinghamshire are currently rising and residents across the county are being reminded to follow the rules at all times in a bid to stem the increase before it gets worse.

The latest figures for the county stand at around 20 cases per 100,000 people, with the numbers rising more quickly in some areas than others. Cases are going up more rapidly in South Buckinghamshire and Wycombe, where both have a current weekly rate of around 25 cases per 100,000 people.

While these numbers are much lower than in some other parts of the UK, public health officials at Buckinghamshire Council are concerned about the rise and are asking everyone to do their bit to stop the virus spreading further.

The best way to halt the spread of the virus is to follow the current national rules at all times:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly
  • Wear a face covering to protect yourself and others, unless you’re exempt
  • Keep a 2m distance at all times from anyone you don’t live with or who isn’t in a support bubble with you
  • If you or someone you live with develops coronavirus symptoms, isolate immediately, which means staying at home
  • Try to book a coronavirus test for anyone in the home who has symptoms
  • If you meet up with others, follow the ‘rule of six’ and keep a distance at all times from anyone you don’t live with
  • Work from home if you’re able, in agreement with your employer

Gareth Williams, Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health at Buckinghamshire Council, said: “We are pleased our numbers remain relatively low in Buckinghamshire, but we are concerned about rising cases in some of our local communities. We want to do everything we can to get these numbers back down. We also know neighbouring areas just outside Buckinghamshire are seeing larger numbers of cases so it’s more vital than ever that we’re all on our guard. If we all pull together and stick to the guidelines at all times, this is how we will protect our vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbours. So please, stick to the rules and help us get on top of this rise.”

Councillor Arif Hussain, Chair of the High Wycombe Community Board, said: “We know cases are going up in our local area, and more quickly than in other places. So I appeal to everyone to follow the rules. This is about looking out for one another and making the right choices to protect the people around us who are more vulnerable to the virus. So please do your bit to help stop the virus spreading and play your part in looking after your local community.”

Dr Raj Bajwa, Clinical Chair of the Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “While cases remain lower in Buckinghamshire than in other parts of the UK, we also know things can change really quickly. It’s vital we all act when we see data that’s a cause for concern to stop things getting any worse. Please continue to do your part and keep up the basics – wash your hands, wear a face covering where needed and keep your distance from others. Above all, isolate and book a test if you develop symptoms. We have a chance to reverse the trend so let’s all do our best to achieve this.”

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Are you ready for winter?

We want you to help us help you stay safe this winter.

There are a number of things you can do to stay healthy, travel safely and look out for others. Please click here for local advice on a range of issues, including:

  • Flu vaccinations
  • General winter illnesses
  • Pharmacy information
  • Self-care guidance
  • Common childhood illnesses
  • Mental health concerns
  • Care homes and social care information
  • How to be a good neighbour, especially to the elderly and vulnerable
  • Gritters, travel and weather information