Worcester News Article – 23rd March

We are very much aware of the difficult times ahead due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Not only are there challenges to our local and national NHS and care services but to each of us in our everyday lives. We would encourage everyone to keep up to date with latest information and adhere to advice provided from trusted sources, such as the NHS, government and Worcestershire County Council websites. The County Council has also set up Here2Help, which in addition to providing information and advice aims to identify how Worcestershire residents can help them to support local communities. See their website for further information – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/Here2Help

We are keeping our website updated with links to these key sources of information and additional resources such as information in Easy Read and different languages and information about looking after your mental health and emotional wellbeing at this difficult time. Healthwatch England has issued some guidance on this focussing on seven main areas: seeking information from legitimate sources, avoiding excessive exposure to media coverage, looking after yourself, staying connected and reaching out to others, talking to your children, not making assumptions, and staying well while self-isolating.

At Healthwatch, as with many organisations we have had to adapt the way we will be working over coming weeks. We have postponed all of our upcoming face to face engagement and will be looking at alternative ways we can provide information, gather your feedback and support local services at this time. We are also planning to hold meetings online where possible.

Our next Public Board Meeting is this Wednesday 25th March at 10am. Information about how you can join the meeting online and the meeting agenda and papers will be available on our website.
Items on the agenda include our LGBT+ Report, which includes the feedback from our engagement with adults and young people who identify as LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and our recommendations based on the findings for local health and care services.

You can still get in touch with the Healthwatch Worcestershire team. We can be contacted by email at info@healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk Alternatively if you call us on 01386 550264 and leave a message we will give you a call you back.

Please visit our website www.healthwatchworcestershire.co.uk for links to information relating to COVID-19 and our Public Board Meeting.