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Have you been in hospital recently?

03rd August 2020

Tell us your views

During the coronavirus pandemic the usual processes hospitals follow to discharge you from their care changed to help free up beds.

While these changes have successfully got people out of hospital and helped the NHS manage the demand created by coronavirus, we want to know what this has meant for you. 

To find out more about people’s experiences of health and care during COVID-19, we recently launched our campaign #BecauseWeAllCare to encourage people to share their experiences of health and social care services in Darlington.

By telling us about your experiences of leaving hospital we can help services in Darlington improve the care they provide now, and in the future.

Share your views today in our short, confidential survey.

Share your experience
https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/tell-us-about-your-experience-leaving-hospital-during-covid-19-pandemic

 

If you or family have not recently been in hospital, please share this email with your friends, neighbours and networks so we can hear from more people about their experiences of care.

If you have any questions about this survey or our work please email info@healthwatchdalrington.co.uk to ensure this is picked up by the relevant staff members who will be able to help.

Extending the period of self-isolation

30th July 2020

You may have seen in the press reports about extending the period of self-isolation for those with symptoms or a positive test from 7 days to 10 days. The 14 day period for contacts remains unchanged.

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on extension of self-isolation period: 30 July 2020

The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.

 

Supporting People with hearing loss

29th July 2020

Here are some links that may help:

Face masks with windows and visors: https://www.molly-watt-trust.org/

Free BSL lessons on YouTube from 2 sisters in lockdown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR2Zb7TbiOA

Some free resources here: https://www.british-sign.co.uk/fingerspelling-alphabet-charts/

General info and fingerspelling chart: https://actiononhearingloss.org.uk/information-and-support/deaf-awareness/british-sign-language/

Health videos in BSL if patient needs them: https://signhealth.org.uk/health-video-library/ 

For hard of hearing, communication tips etc… https://actiononhearingloss.org.uk/information-and-support/deaf-awareness/

Face Mask Exemption Cards

23rd July 2020

If you can not wear a face mask because of a disability of health problem please cut out one of the cards

Exemption Cards

SENDcast are hosting a Parent Talks session

23rd July 2020

SENDcast are hosting a Parent Talks session created especially for parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Are you a parent or carer of a child with autism looking for support and advice? Tessa Morton from Act for Autism wants to help!

Here’s what one parent thought of Tessa’s Parent Talks session…

"I found the talk on autism and sensory difficulties extremely helpful.
It gave me more insight into my son's world and helped me to understand how he feels."

Tessa's online talk will help you understand the sensory challenges faced by autistic children. She explains the 8 senses, their impact on an autistic child and provides exercises that help you to experience sensory chaos. She also talks about the 3 C Pathway to support your child’s confidence in relationship building - and why this is so important.

This talk is part of season 1 of Parent Talks - created especially for parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability. The talks are all given by individuals with personal experience of SEND - parents, professionals, pioneers - who share their experiences, insights and practical advice.

It’s just £10 for access to 12 online talks (including Tessa's). Read more about the talks and the presenters here https://www.virtualsendconference.com/26th-june-2020/

You can purchase tickets on their website - www.virtualsendconference.com/parent-talks. If you register your interest, they will email you a discount code to get money off your ticket and keep you updated on the latest news.

Covid19 Testing

26th May 2020

Testing is now open to any member of the public with Covid 19 symptoms by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119 to book a test.  

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

06th May 2020

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested

 

Personal Protective Equipment animation and resources

01st May 2020

PPE

 

What PPE to wear when providing care out of hospital

This short animation shows you what personal protective equipment to wear when providing care (including caring for extremely vulnerable and shielded people) in care homes or caring for people in their own homes.  It is based on Public Health England’s recently published guidance:-

https://vimeo.com/408471512

 

Putting on and removing PPE – a guide for care homes

This Public Health Education video includes a flowchart for care workers providing care to residents to identify whether there is a need for PPE, PPE recommendations for care home staff, and some frequently asked questions on the use of PPE in care homes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozY50PPmsvE&feature=youtu.be

 

Website for further resources

The above animation and video and further resources/links that may be of help to people providing care out of hospital are all grouped in this one website.  Under the “resources” section are other videos including how to take someone’s temperature, guides to help with your personal wellbeing, along with a training package on Covid-19 infection prevention and control.  You can also download posters on how to take off PPE and on the “useful links” tab, there are quick links to other websites for further information/support eg E-learning for Healthcare:-

https://ppecovid19.co.uk/

Thank you to County Durham Community Foundation

14th April 2020

Thankyou to County Durham Community Foundation who have, very quickly, agreed an emergency grant to DAD to support us with the costs of keeping in touch with disabled people and carers while people are self isolating and in need of support, information and practical assistance. 

If you, or anyone you know, is not already on our list and needs support please get in  touch by phoning 01325 489999 or email mail@darlingtondisability.org

Direct Payments Help Line

30th March 2020

We know that this is a very worrying time for disabled people, particularly Direct Payment users.

We are putting in a range of support to be able to continue to support Direct Payment users at this time. If you use a Direct Payment and live in Darlington, Middlesbrough or Redcar and have concerns or queries our Independent Living Advisors and Lead Workers are available to support you by telephone and email.

You can contact us on 01325 360524 or 01325 489999 or email directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Please be aware we are experiencing high numbers of call and queries at the moment so please be patient but we will respond to all.

 

Update - testing for PAs and PHB holders

27th March 2020

The latest update from the Department of Health and Social Care is as follows:

 

All PAs are now able to receive a test, symptomatic or asymptomatic – as essential, frontline workers. The test is most effective in the first three days of infection (but can still be effective up to five days). So practically, any PA who is symptomatic, should get tested as soon as possible and any PA who is asymptomatic (but thinks they may have been exposed recently) can also now access testing. As before, PAs can either self-register, or be referred by their employer, with availability for both home-delivered tests, and drive-through testing.

 

All patients in the NHS, and residents in care homes can now access tests, symptomatic or asymptomatic. It has also been agreed that ‘patients’ extends to individuals with personal health budgets in place. Therefore, any personal health budget holders with concerns that they may have Covid-19 / been exposed to Covid-19, can now access these tests (via self-referral).

 

Individuals with just a personal budget in place, who don’t have either a) a personal health budget, or b) a health condition that would constitute them being a ‘patient’, are not eligible to access these tests yet… unless they are over 65 and have symptoms, or are required to go into work because they cannot work from home, and have symptoms.  

 

 

Message from Lauren

26th March 2020

Message from Lauren

Very proud of all our Key Workers at DAD! Thank you! Lauren Robinson, DAD Chief Executive

Covid-19 - Easy read guidance on shielding vulnerable people

25th March 2020

Here is a link to an easy read guide on shielding vulnerable people which might be helpful for sharing.

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/875126/Easy_read_guidance_on_shielding_March_2020.pdf

Free Online BSL training

25th March 2020

Doncaster Deaf Trust has launched a free online British Sign Language (BSL) course.

The online course, developed thanks to National Lottery Funding, will enable users to learn Level One BSL.

Alexis Johnson, executive principal of Doncaster Deaf Trust said: “We are thrilled to be able to launch this free resource for people during this unprecedented time.

Here is the link: https://www.deaf-trust.co.uk/news/doncaster-deaf-trust-launch-online-british-sign-language-course

Free Coronavirus Video

23rd March 2020

Free Coronavirus Awareness eLearning Video from IHASCO

In this short free Coronavirus eLearning video, IHASCO provide practical advice to raise awareness of what Coronavirus is, how to reduce the risk of the virus spreading and what to do if you’re showing symptoms.

This free resource is for anyone wishing to find out more about Coronavirus and how to minimise its impact.

Raising Awareness: Watch the 8 minute video below and share with friends, family and staff!

Fear of the unknown and feeling like we have a lack of control certainly contributes to further panic. But what’s important is learning what there is to know at the moment, and how this information can help us to take preventive measures, whilst also knowing what to do if further action is needed.

Thankfully, there are a few things that can be done.

With this in mind, iHASCO felt it is their duty to use their expertise and resources to provide a free online awareness video about the Coronavirus.

Here is a link to the video https://www.ihasco.co.uk/blog/entry/2716/covid-19

Daily Updates Coronavirus

13th March 2020

Daily updates about the Coronavirus

There has been lots of information on the News about Coronavirus.

This easy read information tells you more about what Coronavirus is, how you get Coronavirus, the symptoms and what you should do if you think you have Coronavirus.

You can find daily updates on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

or you can find more information on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

These updates are not easy read so you may need some support to read the information. Link to an easy read version https://inclusionnorth.org/coronavirus-easy-read-information/

 
 

How you can support us

As a local organisation we very much rely on the support of our local community, and continue to support people flexibly to have greater choice and control and remove the barriers that disabled people and children experience in their everyday lives. We support over 2,000 people every year.  But we need your help.

Click here to find out how you can support us

 
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