Your local NHS is currently under immense pressure from the impact of Covid-19. Read a letter from our hospitals here (January 2021)
– Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), a new illness that affects your lungs and airways. HERE
Latest news from Latham House Medical Practice
Routine annual long term condition reviews are currently suspended on the advice of NHS England to enable us to focus on delivering the COVID vaccination and supporting our complex patients at home. We will be in touch when we are able to offer routine review appointments again. In the meantime, if you do have worsening symptoms / exacerbations of your long term condition, please contact us and we will book you an urgent telephone triage appointment with the nurse.
– Coronavirus (Covid-19) What you need to do: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
– Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) HERE
– Latest Coronavirus information for extremely clinically vulnerable (Shielding patients) can be found here
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do. Use the 111 coronavirus service Information:
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Read the NHS advice about staying at home.
Public Health England have produced guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus. The guidance has useful information and links to other support websites. Access this site here
Please see our Practice Information leaflet for how to access our healthcare services here
Getting the help you need: Citizens Advice Bureau
We would like to manage your enquiry as quickly as possible so that we can effectively provide you with the care and treatment you need.
If you need to see a doctor or nurse for medical advice or treatment please contact us online or by telephone (Monday to Friday between 8am and 6.30pm):
For all other non-health related enquiries relating to COVID-19 (eg. social distancing, lockdown restrictions, furlough etc.) please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau by filling in a form available on their website or by telephone (Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm):
Citizens Advice Leicester
Tel: 0300 3301025
Citizens Advice LeicesterShire
Tel: 0300 3302111
Citizens Advice Rutland by filling in a webform, by telephone, by attending a drop-in, at RAF Wittering every Thursday between 9.30am and 12.30pm or by requesting a home visit:
Citizens Advice Rutland
Tel: 01572 723494
Monday, 10am – 5pm (telephone appointment available on request at 5pm)
Tuesday, 10am – 1pm drop-in, 1pm – 5pm appointments only
Wednesday, 10am – 4pm
Thursday, 10am – 1pm drop-in, 1pm – 5pm appointments only
Friday, 10am – 4pm
The service offers a free confidential space for adults (18+) to come and talk about any concerns they may have.
The service is available online, on the phone and face-to-face in a Covid-secure environment. To access the service, email us at [email protected].
Breathing Space is…a confidential listening space
a quiet space to talk, think and gain perspective
a safe place offering emotional support in difficult times
a team of trained listeners
a place of hope
Breathing Space are able to offer up to 4 sessions with a trained listener in a safe, confidential setting. All our listeners have been trained in active listening skills and have ongoing training to increase their understanding of mental health issues and enhance their knowledge and skills.
Confused with Symptoms as we head into winter?
There is a great video here which may help you understand your symptoms.
|We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. |
It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu. It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes – just click on this link: Germ Defence Link
If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=C82038 into your web browser.
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
One Prepared Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
The NHS, local police, councils and other bodies have jointly worked on a new information hub for supporting communities through the Covid-19 pandemic.
At the ONE Prepared website you’ll be able to find your official local support network for direct help, or you can offer to volunteer to help your local community group.
This site brings together official information from the NHS, local councils, businesses and the emergency services,and supports community action groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
- New Coronavirus bereavement support leaflets
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Councils have teamed up to produce a leaflet titled ‘ Coronavirus – Bereavement information for families, friends and carers ’
Get an isolation note to give to your employer
If you live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, you can get an isolation note to send to your employer as proof you need to stay off work.
You do not need to get a note from a GP. Get an isolation note
Healthier Together have shared some great information for parents and what they need to know about Covid-19
Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing can be found here
YoungMinds: Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus. https://youngminds.org.uk
Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression – online course
FutureLearn provide youth mental health courses to explore and understand the mental health issues that affect young people.
Following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, the University of Reading developed the COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression course for young people with low mood and depression and their parents and carers, or anyone who has contact with young people during the coronavirus pandemic.
To find out more and take the course, please visit https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/low-mood-during-covid-19
ICON: Babies cry: You can cope. http://iconcope.org/
Long term conditions: Information
General NHS advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Here are some useful links for those living with long term health conditions: Here
Get support as a clinically vulnerable person at www.gov.uk
Local support: Information
Read our Latham House wellbeing guide during Covid-19 here
Read our Practice leaflet for support locally Here
Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland https://www.ageuk.org.uk/leics/ offer practical and emotional support. To contact the dedicated Coronavirus helpline call: 0116 299 2239.
To contact the helpline call: 0116 299 2239.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
NSPCC helpline: 0808 800 5000 If you’re worried about a child, even if you’re unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Childline 0800 1111: Offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
MIND: Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’. www.mind.org.uk
SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domesticabuse-and-covid-19
IRISi interventions: irisi.org/iris/find-your-local-iris-site/