The local NHS has been working to improve the way people can access health news and service information in Gloucestershire during the COVID-19 pandemic
As a result, a new web page has been created at https://covid19.glos.nhs.uk which enables local people to find what they need with ease, including clear signposting and links to NHS provider and partner sites.
In this way, patients and the public can access a broad range of information on support and services. The site covers everything from pharmacy (and medication), dentists and opticians to GP, community and hospital services. Information and links to mental health support and testing arrangements are also available.
ChatHealth text advice/support service from school nurses for young people (aged 11-19):
ChatHealth is a texting service for young people aged 11-19 to get advice and support from a School Nurse. This is confidential and available Monday – Friday 9.00 – 16.30hr. send a text to 07507 333 351 and you can expect to receive a response the same day within working hours.
Young People have asked about anxiety and emotional health and wellbeing worries mostly but also ask about sexual health and relationships, family issues, body image and a range of other health concerns.
The Gloucestershire Carers Hub message during COVID-19:
“We understand that this is a worrying time for carers and, as such, are doing all we can to support carers through this situation”.
Please click on the link below for more information:
Click on the link below for Coronavirus Information for Carers – frequently asked questions.
Mental Health Support:
Please click on the link below for information.
Face Mask Exemptions
We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings.
GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.
Gloucestershire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties.
The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.
Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers them to have another reason to be exempted.
Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport and retail staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.
We hope that this guidance provides some reassurance for you on this issue.