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Covid 19 Information

Please visit www.ghc.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

 

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Help in a crisis

 

If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams. The teams work with those aged from 11 upwards.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

Mental health services in Herefordshire are now provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. 

Visit their website to find out where to get help – www.hacw.nhs.uk/urgent-help

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
Or text 07537 410 022
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.
Open every day 5pm – 10pm for phone and text support.

selfharm

Text 85258
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Community dentists in Stroud have a new way of assessing patients for treatment thanks to the donation of a digital camera by the League of Friends.

The community dental service, based in Redwood House, provides treatment for people with special medical or social care needs, moderate or severe learning disabilities, physical disabilities and behavioural or psychological difficulties.

The new Canon Digital SLR camera means dentists can now study digital photographs when consulting with colleagues and considering treatment.

Dentist Paul Rayner said: “A picture can be worth a thousand words! A good image can make a decision over treatment or a referral so much easier and quicker.

“Having the ability to take clear digital images gives us another tool to offer a responsive and high quality service to patients.”

The service in Stroud saw just over 4,000 patients last year. Countywide the service has seen 18,500 patients over the last year.

It has specialist equipment, such as wheelchair tippers and bariatric chairs, to ensure it can treat a wide range of people and will offer clients multiple visits to get them used to the people and environment before beginning treatment.

Dr Roy Lamb, president of Stroud League of Friends, said: “As always this donation is only possible because of the generosity of the people of Stroud.

“On their behalf we are very pleased we can provide up to date equipment which will improve the care for patients.”

 

20 April 2017

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