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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.

Congratulations to seven Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) from Stroud General and the Vale Community Hospitals, who have recently been awarded Care Certificates. 

The group have been part of a 12 week training and development programme, learning the skills and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and quality care. The Certificate is awarded to those in healthcare roles who have demonstrated they meet each of the 15 Care Certificate standards, including caring with privacy and dignity, awareness of mental health (including dementia and learning difficulties), safeguarding and infection control. 

The group received their certificates and badges from Sue Field, Director of Nursing, in the post-graduate room at Stroud General Hospital. Sue said “The Certificate marks the start of something new, and I know our HCAs are really making a positive difference on the wards with their colleagues and especially with patient care.”

Pauline Cox, Training and Development Facilitator (Stroud) and Julie Lerigo, Training and Development Sister (the Vale) have provided support and advice along the way. Julie said: “We feel extremely lucky to work with such wonderful HCAs, it has been wonderful to watch them develop and grow.” 

Some of the HCAs will now go on to do their nurse training, apply for a Nursing Associate role, or start an apprenticeship.

Jess, HCA at the Vale, said “The Care Certificate has strengthened our confidence in our roles, and I think we provide better care for patients because of it”.

Health Care Assistants who completed their Care Certificate are:  

  • Uta Baldauf
  • Jessica Fisher
  • Cidalia Goncalves
  • Teresa Harrison
  • Donna Hawker
  • Lauren Hayward
  • Lorna Mankee

 

27 October 2017

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