2020/04/24 NHS still open and Suicide prevention campaign

During the Governments press conference last Friday on the coronavirus pandemic, Health Secretary Matt Hancock insisted people with health concerns besides suspected COVID-19 should go through the usual services. There is a worry that people are putting themselves or their loved ones at risk by not seeking help when it’s needed. NHS services are still open and  anyone suffering with a health issue and has doubts should not hesitate to seek help. The current guidance is that if you need to use the NHS for reasons other than coronavirus, first call your GP or call 111 and if its life threatening call 999. If you or someone you know is seriously ill, please don’t let that put you off going into hospital for an emergency. Hospitals have COVID-free areas to look after people with all different needs.

We’re open – let us help you

The message is: “we’re open, let us help you”. There is a worry that people are putting themselves or their loved ones at risk by not seeking urgent help when it’s needed.

The people of Morecambe Bay have been brilliant at staying home to save lives, but if you or someone you are with shows signs of a serious, life-threatening Illness or injury they must go to hospital.

There’s a worry that people who may be experiencing a heart attack or stroke are putting off coming to hospital.

A&E attendances at our three hospitals are now 66% fewer than the same time last year. The NHS is under immense pressure, but these illnesses and diseases haven’t gone away.

All of our NHS services are still open and anyone suffering with a health issue and has doubts should not hesitate to seek help. We would rather they called 999 or attended an A&E to find an honest mistake has been made than be too late to save a person’s life.

People can be nervous at the best of times about coming into hospital, and we understand the feeling of uncertainty right now during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Doctors and Nurses may look a little different at the moment, but it’s for everyone’s safety.

If you are seriously ill, please don’t let that put you off coming to hospital for an emergency.

We have COVID-free areas to look after people with different needs.

Health chiefs across Morecambe Bay are urging people not to put off getting help when they need it.

Suicide prevention campaign launches to tackle COVID-19 fallout

Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS) has launched a suicide prevention campaign encouraging residents to “keep talking” throughout the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic.

Real-time reports of suspected suicides have increased in Lancashire and South Cumbria as people stay home during lockdown and self-isolation. To tackle this, the ICS has created materials to share on social media and via local community hubs asking people to call their friends and family and keep talking by text, phone and video call, while social-distancing measures are in place.

The four main audiences are:

 Young people and older teenagers used to spending lots of time with their friends

 Parents who are juggling home working and home schooling

 Men who have been furloughed, made redundant or who are self-employed

 Older and vulnerable people who are self-isolating.