Help us help you - Busy Service
"All NHS services are under severe pressure at the moment, as we look after increasing numbers of patients who are sick with covid-19 in the community, and other deteriorating conditions too.
We are also delivering the huge and vitally important covid-19 vaccination programme. Please do not contact us regarding a vaccine, we will contact you.
So that we can focus on these really important issues, we will understandably be prioritising urgent care.
This means that when you contact us, we may have an initial conversation with you to understand how urgent your health needs are.
If you have an issue that is not urgent, you may have to wait longer than usual until your problem or concern can be dealt with. You may be asked to rebook at a later date, or at a safer time (e.g. attending for a non-urgent blood test).
Do please make sure that you continue to get in touch with us if you need to. This is particularly important if:
- your problem is genuinely urgent
- you have a long term condition that is getting worse
- you are worried about symptoms that might indicate cancer
Please also remember you can call NHS 111 for urgent concerns, and 999 for serious emergencies. Your local pharmacist can also help with minor complaints too.
For adults with mental health problems including depression and anxiety, you can refer yourself directly to the local wellbeing service, via 0300 300 0055.
If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis, call the First Response Service by calling 111 and select option 2 (in Wisbech call 111, select option 1 and ask to be put through to the First Response Service).
A local CCG has produced an excellent childhood illnesses leaflet free to download here, full of advice and information for parents and carers of young children: https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/application/files/1716/0941/0098/Help_your_Child_Stay_Well_This_Winter_FINAL.pdf
The Cambridgeshire County Council has a range of support and information to help in times of urgent need: telephone 0345 045 5202 8am-6pm weekdays 9am-1pm Saturdays. Outside office hours if someone is in danger telephone 01733 234724. In an emergency, call 999. Also see www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/adults.
Thank you very much for helping us all manage under these very difficult circumstances."
Healthy You Update
Now (during a pandemic) more than ever is an important time to lose weight and keep healthy.
Commissioned and funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, Healthy You provides free weight management support to residents across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Healthy You offer a choice of programmes to patients who wish to lose weight and you could be eligible for a 12 week referral to any of the options listed below if you are aged over 16 with a Body Mass Index above 25.
Option 1 – Referral to Healthy You Weight Management groups
Option 2 - Referral to Slimming World
Option 3 – Referral to Wellness that Works (formerly Weight Watchers)
To be eligible for a Slimming World or Wellness that Works referral you cannot have been a paying member of either program in the 12 weeks prior to the point of referral.
If you have the motivation to learn how to lose weight and maintain a healthier weight you can self-refer by calling Healthy you on 0333 005 0093, text Healthyu to 60777 or visit the website at www.healthyyou.org.uk
If you have a suspected covid infection and are self isolating at home the following leaflet will be helpful to you:
Isolating at Home
Flu Vaccine 2020/21
You should have a flu vaccine if you: are aged 50 years or over: are pregnant: have certain medical conditions ( diabetes, chronic lung conditions, immunosuppressed have had a stroke): are living in a long-term residential home or another long-term facility: receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill: live with someone who's at high risk of coronavirus (on the NHS shielded list):
Age UK Community Resource Information
Who can have a free shingles vaccination?
You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 and for those in the catch-up cohort , as you become78 or 79 years old. All eligible individuals retain eligibility to receive the shingles vaccine until they become 80 years of age. When eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.
Some individuals who were eligible for the shingles (catch-up) vaccination programme may have turned 80 years during the pandemic and missed the opportunity to be vaccinated, either due to lockdown or because they were shielding at home and unable to attend the practice. This cohort of individuals can still be offered shingles vaccine unless contraindicated, up to the 31 December 2020. This temporary offer applies only to those who were eligible and who missed shingles vaccination because they were shielding and who turned 80 years of age during that period. It is only applicable to periods of time when lockdown or shielding was recommended.The shingles vaccination is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
This is a one off vaccination and reduces the chances of developing shingles, and even if you do develop shingles then the disease is likely to affect you less severely.
Shingles is caused by the reactivation of the chickenpox virus and lies dormat after infection as a child. Later in life it can reactivate and cause shingles. why this happens is not completley known, but reaching an older age makes the virus much more likely to reactivate. Shingles and its complications can be difficult to manage. The treatment options vary from person to person depending on the area affected by the shingles. It is important to see your GP as soon as possible after the rash occurs, as some treatments work best when given early. Shingles can not be caught from someone with chickenpox, however, it is possible to catch chickenpox from someone with shingles.