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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.

²gether’s Research Team is supporting International Clinical Trials Day and reminding people that it is “ok to ask” about clinical research.

International Clinical Trials Day takes place on Saturday 20 May, and marks the anniversary of the day in 1747 that James Lind started his famous trial on the deadly disease scurvy.

The day is organised by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals to help raise awareness of clinical trials and encourage people to get involved.

To encourage people to find out more about clinical research opportunities, our Research Team will be on the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) information bus this Thursday 18 May, outside Marks & Spencer in Cheltenham High Street, from 10am-3pm.

Genevieve Riley, our Head of Research and Development explained: “We will have information about the types of trial that are available with the Trust, and explain to people how they can get involved.

“Clinical research plays a vital role in improving healthcare and developing treatments for illnesses, such as dementia. This research drives new and better treatments and, while there may not be a research study to suit everyone, there are also other ways people can be involved.”

²gether’s Research Team is based at the Fritchie Centre, in Cheltenham, which opened last year. The team works to support and deliver research opportunities for patients and carers across all mental health and learning disability services, both at the centre and in the community.

The Research Team is also supporting the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) “It’s ok to ask” campaign. Genevieve said: “The ‘it’s ok to ask’ campaign encourages patients to ask their doctors about clinical research.

“Doctors will often approach patients to let them know about research opportunities, but we believe that patients and carers should feel confident in asking about clinical research opportunities as well. They may want to ask about the latest research into conditions that affect them, their families and friends, or they want to know about opportunities to participate in future studies.

“As a Trust, we are always happy to discuss research and share information about opportunities, so please do ask the clinicians involved in your treatment.”

The Trust is supporting Join Dementia Research, which encourages people to register their interest in participating in dementia research. Find out more here: https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/

Details of other research opportunities and projects the Trust is involved in can be found here: ghc.nhs.uk/research.

The Research Team is also encouraging  more GP surgeries to become active in research through its primary and secondary care research partnership project.

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