October Recovery Briefing
Improve Hospital Discharge Now
Improve Hospital Discharge now before winter to manage second peak of Covid-19, warn Red Cross and Healthwatch England. 

Healthwatch England research shows significant numbers of people are not receiving follow-up support after being discharged from hospital under new policy, leading to unmet needs.

Getting discharge right will play a vital role in reducing readmissions and keeping hospital beds free this winter. 

What Healthwatch England are calling for?

To improve hospital discharge for patients, their carers and healthcare professionals, ahead of winter and a second wave of COVID-19 admissions, Healthwatch England are calling on the health and care sector to:  

•    Roll out post-discharge check-ins by phone or in person. 
•    Develop a discharge checklist, including questions about transport and equipment needs
•    Improve communication by assigning a single point of contact for patients and carers
•    Link patients to voluntary sector partners or community pharmacists to deliver medicine and avoid delays.
•    Boost community care capacity and recognise the value of voluntary care sector in hospital discharge

Click here to learn more and to read the Healthwatch England joint report with the British Red Cross.
CQC - Winchcombe Place care home
"Requires Improvement"
Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published their report on Winchcombe Place care home on Thursday October 22nd 2020 following an inspection.

This care home was given the rating "Requires Improvement", the same rating that it received following the previous inspection back during 24th September 2019. 

Please click here or on the image above to read the details. 
Hydrotherapy consultation
There’s only a few days left to take part in a public consultation on the future provision of hydrotherapy services in Berkshire West which closes on 2nd November.

The consultation is part of a review of services to make health care fit for purpose and ensure money is being spent wisely to provide modern, efficient and effective services for the benefit of as many people as possible. Further information and the questionnaire can be found here.
The impact of Covid-19 to date on older people’s mental and physical health
This report from Age UK highlights how for some older people, staying at home to protect themselves from Covid-19 can lead to other health problems.

For example, the loss of mobility and balance as a result of moving around less, pain from untreated medical conditions and increased loneliness or anxiety. 
Click here or on the image above to read the report. 
Lights, camera, action - health staff help spread vital messages in foreign language videos
A series of four foreign language videos featuring hospital staff talking about important health issues has been issued to reassure people who need to attend for appointments and surgery that it’s safe to do so.

The films are in
Polish, Nepalese, Portuguese and Swahili and more are planned in other languages including Arabic and Punjabi. They are aimed at people who are still reluctant to attend for important hospital appointments or operations because they are worried about Covid and feel they may be a burden on NHS staff or that they may catch Covid.

The films outline the measures being taken to keep people safe and looked after when they come into hospital.
Mental Health – please look after yourselves and keep an eye out for others
The dark, cold days of winter are often times people feel more lonely, isolated and depressed so it’s helpful to know there’s a range of mental health services that are easy to access from your home or phone – for free.
Some of these are highlighted below.
For younger people aged 11-18 there’s KOOTH which is an anonymous and confidential online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service. Anyone over the age of 18 can ring 0300 365 2000 and self-refer to the Talking Therapies counselling team.

Samaritans offer a free listening and support service which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Their number is 116 123.

Open for Hope is a volunteer led group whose aims are to combat isolation, loneliness and improve mental wellbeing.

Eight Bells for Mental Health aim to prevent and reduce social isolation throughout West Berkshire, encouraging people of all ages to look after themselves, and supporting individual’s mental health and wellbeing.
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