The Grab and Go guide

The Grab and Go guide has been designed in partnership with people with learning disabilities, families and nurses.
It gives the information that doctors and nurses will need if you go to hospital because of COVID-19 and, for example, are struggling to breathe.
It is not a replacement for the everyday, detailed hospital passport. You should update your hospital passport and take that to hospital along with the Grab and Go guide if you need to be admitted.
If you haven’t got a hospital passport you can download your local passport by searching on the internet for (hospital name) hospital passport or choose one you like from here:

https://www.autism.org.uk/about/health/hospital-passport.aspx

https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/health-guides

COVID-19 Grab and Go guide Guidance notes

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0381-nhs-covid-19-grab-and-go-lda-guidance-notes.pdf 

Grab and Go Passport Form

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-04/C0381_NHS%20Covid-19%20Grab%20and%20Go%20LDA.pdf

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Coping with heat and COVID 19

 

26/06/2020
Beat the Heat:
Coping with heat and COVID 19
Heatwave Plan for England
The Heatwave Plan for England remains unchanged for summer 2020. Additional actions may be needed due to COVID-19 and specific resources are available below.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/heatwave-plan-for-england

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25 th June 2020 Daily News and Keeping Well Tips

26/06/2020

Inclusion North will give you the big messages here.

Big messages today:

There were 154 confirmed deaths from Coronavirus
reported on Wednesday.
A total of 43,081 people have now died from
Coronavirus in the UK.
Yesterday Boris Johnson said there will no longer be
daily news briefings.
There will be news briefings when things are changing
and if there is any news that we need to hear about.
We have thought about what to do to keep you
informed.
We will produce weekly news on a Thursday that we
will send to you on a Friday.

Think about 5 good things that have happened this
could be things like learning something new.

 

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Disability Rights UK are working with Sense to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus outbreak

25/06/2020

Disability Rights UK are working with Sense to find out how disabled people have been staying active during the coronavirus outbreak, what is helping to keep active, and if there is anything more that could support people to keep active during this time. We will then be creating resources that reflect the views and experiences that have been shared through this survey, which will be useful for helping people to get and stay active during crises.

Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZBD3TDD

Here is the link to the easy read version: http://www.getyourselfactive.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Staying-active-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak-Easy-Read.pdf

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24 th June 2020 Daily News and Keeping Well Tips

Here is the daily news and tips for staying well from Inclusion North

 

other people
We should still try to keep a distance of two
metres away from other people, but when we can’t we must stay at least 1 metre away from other people.
If you are somewhere that you cannot be 2 metres away from other people there should be things in place like
plastic screens, seating where people are not facing each other, or people should wear a face mask.
This is important to help to stop the virus spreading.

Visiting friends and relatives
You can now have 2 households inside the home or in
the garden. This can be more than 6 people but they
have to belong to the same 2 households.
•You still have to social distance in and outside of the
house and you can stay overnight.

It does not have to be the same 2 households all the
time, you can go to visit different households.

This could be visiting one house one weekend and then
visiting a different house the next weekend.

Places that are reopening on the 4th July
•Hotels, Campsites and Caravan Parks
•Pubs, bars and restaurants this is for service at the table only and you will have to leave contact details like name, address and telephone number.
•Hair Salons and barbers
•Libraries, community centres and bingo halls
•Cinemas, museums and galleries
•Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks, arcades,
outdoor skating rinks and model villages
•Indoor zoos, aquariums, farms, safari parks and
wildlife centres

The places that will stay closed are
•Nightclubs and casinos
•Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks
•Indoor soft play areas
•Spas and beauty salons
•Nail bars, tattoo and piercing places
•Indoor fitness studios, gyms and sports facilities
•Swimming pools and water parks
•Conference centres and exhibition halls and theatres

Keeping well tip
Think about planning a visit to a friends house if you can.

 

 

The video version can be seen here

https://bit.ly/dailynewsvideo24062020

Information about the Keeping People Connected projects in the North east, Yorkshire and Humber is here
https://inclusionnorth.org/our_work/keeping-people-connected-through-covid19/

 

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Offer of testing for PA’s displaying coronavirus symptoms

Offer of testing for PA’s displaying coronavirus symptoms

Personal Care Assistants showing coronavirus-like symptoms or in self-isolation as a member of their household is showing coronavirus symptoms are eligible to be tested.

Direct Payment recipients can now offer their PA’s a test if they meet the criteria (either they or one or more of their family household members has coronavirus-like symptoms). The Government has used the term personal care assistant so there is no confusion about other types of personal assistant as they are not currently priority Health and Social Care sector staff.

For more information please contact office@choicesandrights.org.uk or call 01482878778

 

 

 

Information direct from Government:

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/sites/default/files/pdf/National%20Testing%20Programme%20Strategy%20Summary%20FINAL.pdf

 

THE CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL TESTING PROGRAMME

One of the most challenging things about coronavirus is the uncertainty: not knowing who has the infection or when it’s safe to return to normal life. Good quality testing can help provide us with greater certainty. It’s a big part of how we’re going to defeat this disease. As part of the Government’s five-pillar strategy for coronavirus testing, we are testing people who have coronavirus-like symptoms to see if they currently have the virus. Our aim is that anyone who needs such a test will be able to have one. But that will take time to achieve. While we are building up our testing capacity at pace, we have offered testing to different groups in a phased approach.

Who can get tested?

Our top priority for testing is patients in hospital, to inform their clinical diagnosis, followed by NHS and social care workers having to self-isolate because either they, or a member of their household, have symptoms. We now have the capacity to give every person in these categories a test who needs one. As a next step, we now have the capacity to start to test other frontline workers in England who are having to self-isolate because either they, or a member of their household, have symptoms. Like with NHS and social care workers, we want to find out if these people have the virus – and, if they don’t, they might be able to return to their work that is so important

for our country. The devolved authorities operate their own eligibility criteria.

Eligible workers list We are already working with central government departments, national agencies and local resilience forums to get additional frontline workers in their areas tested, including police officers, fire and rescue service employees, and those running the justice system. The full list of eligible workers in England now includes: • All NHS and social care staff, including hospital, community and primary care, and relevant staff providing ancillary support to frontline NHS services (e.g. accommodation, catering) and voluntary workers; • Police, fire and rescue services; • Local authority staff, including those working with vulnerable children and adults, with victims of domestic abuse, and with the homeless and rough sleepers; • Defence, prisons and probation, and judiciary staff; • Front-line benefits workers.

In addition, government departments, national agencies and local resilience forums have discretion to refer other frontline workers in their area for testing as determined by local need and available capacity. This includes frontline workers in the private sector, with a focus on staff delivering key medical, energy, utility, transport and food supplies. Wherever we have the capacity, we will test these workers. More detailed information on the types of workers who may now be eligible for testing in England can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirusget-tested

Booking a test Anyone who thinks they are eligible and would like to be tested should speak to their employer. The relevant employers in England will be provided with information on how to make an appointment either via their local resilience forum (where the local region chooses to organise testing in this way), via their national government department/agency, or direct from the Department of Health and Social Care. Any employer that has any queries should contact their local resilience forum, national government department/agency, or the Department of Health and Social Care on opshub@dhsc.gov.uk The devolved authorities operate their own eligibility criteria. We are developing an online booking system that will enable all eligible frontline workers to register for a test directly. We will publish further details on this as soon as the development has been completed.

How the testing process works

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the subject themselves (self-administered) or by someone else for them (assisted). In order to test large numbers of patients, NHS, social care, and other frontline workers, we have set up a range of options from scratch. This has been an enormous challenge. But the public and private sectors have come together to meet it.

Testing routes • For patients and NHS workers, testing can be done within an NHS facility such as a hospital; • We are establishing a network of up to 50 drive-through regional testing sites by the end of April. You can view an animation that explains the process online here;

 

• We are developing mobile testing units, which could be based at a regional testing site and travel to take tests to where they are needed the most; • We are bolstering the NHS’ capabilities by providing test kits directly to ‘satellite’ centres at places like hospitals that have a particularly urgent or significant requirement; and • We are developing a home test kit that can be delivered to someone’s door so they can test themselves, and their family, as required without leaving the house.

Collection and results Across all these methods, we have a fantastic network of couriers who collect the completed samples and deliver them safely to one of our laboratories. The swab samples are analysed at our labs, and the result is communicated back to the individual. We aim to get everyone their test result back within 48 hours of when their swab is taken. And when they have their result, the individual will have a better understanding of their condition and can discuss with their employer whether they can return to work – helping our country to beat coronavirus.

 

 

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KEEPING PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY AND/OR AUTISM CONNECTED

 

 

KEEPING PEOPLE WITH A LEARNING DISABILITY
AND/OR AUTISM CONNECTED

Many people with a learning disability and/or autism will become increasingly vulnerable during the current Covid-19 crisis. In response to this, the new “Keeping People with a Learning Disability and/or Autism Connected” project is being launched with a focus on people who already lead independent lives but do not routinely access services or support. It is co-ordinated by Inclusion North, Humber Transforming Care, and Choices & Rights Disability Coalition.
Choices & Rights will offer support with any practical issues, and continue to support them to access help and gain whatever information, advice, and resources are needed. They will receive calls from specialist staff, who will support them with understanding information relating to Coronavirus, talk through their worries and offer some reassurance. If a person is in crisis we are able to refer to the appropriate service with their consent.
Contact:
catherine@choicesandrights.org.uk
Text: 077 155 62 448
Phone: 077 155 62 448 (4pm – 8pm)
C&R office: (01482) 878778
If the person consents and would prefer to be contacted by us, please email us their details. They will be given options for their preferred method of communication at initial contact. Follow up contact can be made if needed. Even if you are not sure if a person has Autism, ADHD or a Learning disability, but it’s clear they are feeling isolated and in need of help, please encourage them to use this new, free service.

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Tell Us About Your Care

The COVID-19 crisis has affected all of us – not just our physical health, but our mental health and our access to services too. We would like you to pass this email or link to your colleagues and those you represent. The regulator for the NHS, pharmacies, and care services in England is The Care Quality Commission (CQC). They have asked that disabled people and their families share with them their experiences through their Tell Us About Your Care campaign. This will enable the CQC to use the evidence they receive to help shape future policy with disabled people and their different needs front and centre.Tell Us About Your Care is a chance for those NHS services to be recognised for their good works, and also to help improve the service where it is not so successful.

 

https://www.cqc.org.uk/give-feedback-on-care?referer=disabilityrights

 

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PLEASE SHARE – HULL CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE

PLEASE SHARE – HULL CORONAVIRUS HELPLINE
Hull City Council has launched a Hull Helpline (01482 300307) to support vulnerable residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The helpline has been set up for those who may have no other means of support and who may need help to access essential items and services including food, health and wellbeing and financial advice.
It is available seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Residents should register their need for support through an online form which is now live on the council’s website hull.gov.uk or by calling the Hull Helpline number on 01482 300307.
Please share details of this page with anyone who would benefit from the support available.
Read the full details on the HullCCNews.
#StayHomeSaveLives #HullTogether

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