This week we began counting down to the 72nd birthday of the NHS on Sunday 5 July, with social care also celebrating its birthday this weekend as well. To coincide with this, the famous photographer Rankin has unveiled a series of very special portraits celebrating NHS workers. The portraits feature 12 people who played a vital role in the NHS’ response to coronavirus including one of our local district nurses, Anne Roberts from Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust.
As the nation prepares to celebrate the 72nd birthday of the NHS, senior nurse Lynn Tolley talks about the transformation of the service.
In episode 12 of our podcast series Lynn remembers her own traumatic experiences as a 16-year-old mum, not knowing if her newborn had survived.
She also talks of how she stumbled into a nursing career and how she finally found her true vocation as a paediatric nurse, caring for the most seriously ill children.
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1 Humankind STARS – Staffordshire Treatment and Recovery Service
1.1 The charity Humankind (humankindcharity.org.uk) took over all Staffordshire adult and YP drug/alcohol service contracts on April 1st, the new service is called STARS (T3 STARS for YPs).
If you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, you will NOT be asked to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers. If in doubt hang up the phone!
‘Good morning, I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'
'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'
Cannock Chase Council is urging football fans to ‘show domestic abuse the red card’ during the football season which will be watched by many at home.
Research shows that incidents of domestic abuse rise sharply during major football tournaments by up to 25 per cent.
With the first football game kicking off this week, people will be watching the games from their homes due to the pandemic. This again could increase tensions within households, resulting in incidences of domestic abuse.
Sports Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent (SASSOT) have developed a dedicated 'Staying Active' section on their website where we have collated great online content for adults, children and families and those that want to take it steady.
It's still important to stay as active as you can. Even a small amount of activity will have a positive impact on your physical and mental health #StayinWorkOut
Visit the SASSOT website to find out more about staying active.
The NHS test and trace service will help to control the rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of the infection and save lives. By playing your part through the actions set out below, you will directly help to contain the virus by reducing its spread. This means that, thanks to your efforts, we will be able to go as far as it is safe to go in easing lockdown measures.
You can help in the following ways:
Once again this week we have seen lots of developments nationally in the fight against coronavirus. The NHS Test and Trace service went live on 28 May. The Test and Trace service will help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reducing the spread and saving lives.
The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.
The aims of this training are: