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COVID-19 (Coronavirus info)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Supporting staff health and wellbeing

Promoting and supporting staff health is crucial for all organisations. There are many benefits both for the organisation and the individual. The information provided will help employees of care homes access information and support in relation to their well-being.

Key messages and resources for staff

COVID-19 Staff Support Line for all Health and Social Care Staff including Staff in Care Homes (both local Authority ...

COVID-19 Staff Support Line for all Health and Social Care Staff including Staff in Care Homes (both local Authority and Independent)

All health and social care staff across the whole of Greater Glasgow and Clyde geographical area now have access to the COVID-19 confidential Staff Support line. This includes Care Home staff in local authority care homes and now also includes staff in independent care homes.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s COVID-19 Staff Support Line has been developed to respond to the emotional needs that staff may have at this time. This is a worrying time for all of us especially in the health and care sector.

Open between the hours of 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday the line is staffed by Clinical Psychologists and Psychological Therapists offering emotional and psychological support. They particularly recognise that it is okay not to feel okay at this time. Worry, stress, anger and / or sadness are all to be expected.

Access: COVID-19 Staff Support Line Telephone 0141 303 8968

PROMIS

PROMIS (a Scottish government project involving Glasgow Psychological Trauma Service and The Rivers in NHS Lothian) have been asked to develop a national website which would act as a platform for all care, social work and health staff to access a variety of resources, information , signposting to community resources and advice. The site is now available:

https://www.promis.scot

The following are guides to support your mental health and wellbeing developed by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde:

 The following are other resources specifically developed to help support your mental Health and wellbeing during the Covid19 pandemic:

Looking after your mental and emotional wellbeing is really important in helping deal with stress. Mental Health affe...

Looking after your mental and emotional wellbeing is really important in helping deal with stress. Mental Health affects how we think, act and feel. There are many ways in which we can improve our mental health. There are many resources which are on line and free to access.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Quick guides 

These quick guides provide self help support for staff on a range of health topics including mental health, insomnia and self esteem.

Clear your head

The new Scottish Government mental health Clear Your Head campaign launched on 21 April to provide advice and support to help people cope during COVID-19

Healthy Minds Resource

NHSGGC Mental Health Improvement Team have developed a suite of awareness sessions on a range of topics that can have an impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing.

What is Healthy Minds?

Healthy Minds is a free awareness raising resource. It aims to promote basic awareness and understanding of mental health and topics that are associated with and can impact on mental health and wellbeing.

What Topics are covered?

Currently there are 14 sessions including: Aye Mind, Basic MH (Adult &CYP), Body Image, Emotional Literacy, Loneliness & Isolation, Long Term Conditions, Loss and Grief, Maternal Mental Health, Adult Mental Health(MH)Framework, CYP MH Framework, One Good Adult, Resilience, Sleep

Who is it aimed at?

The resource is aimed at anyone who has an interest in raising awareness of Mental Health and Well-being.

Do I need to be an expert in Mental Health?

No prior experience or qualifications required to deliver any of the sessions. These are basic awareness sessions and there are follow-on support information and web links within the pack.

Do all sessions need to be completed and in any order?

It is not compulsory that all sessions are completed or any specific order, however the basic mental health awareness session is a good starting point.

Healthy Minds Resource

Mental Health and Sleep during COVID-19

The stress of living through lockdown will be playing havoc with our sleep.

Remember it is perfectly normal to have a range of emotional reactions to the current situation which is affecting us all. So finding it hard to sleep during this time of uncertainty will be very common and given that lockdown measures may be in place for the foreseeable future, it is more important than ever we practice good sleeping habits to help us cope through these difficult and challenging times.

Good quality sleep can boost our mental wellbeing, how so? Well our body block prompts the release of hormones which affect our sleep, one of these being cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol helps us deal with pressure and cope. For example when we have not had enough sleep our body releases more cortisol to help keep us going, however if we continue to have a chronic release of cortisol it can impact on our sleep, which can lead to sleep problems and long term mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

However on the flip side, cortisol levels are at their lowest when we are sleeping meaning that if we practice good sleep habits, this will ensure we have reduced levels of cortisol which will help support our bodies to deal with crisis, let it rest and process information. So when you think about it, there is truth in the saying “sleep on it” getting good sleep really can help us deal with things causing us stress and anxiety.

Below are some resources across the life course to help promote good sleep hygiene.

Pregnant and New Parents

Cry-sis: Support for crying and sleepless babies. Provides a telephone helpline 08451 228 669 (charge attached). Lines open 7 days a week 9am-10pm. Website offers information on how to cope with sleepless/or crying babies. 

Children and Young people

Sleep Scotland Parents and carers living in Scotland can get one-to-one support for any child or young person aged 18 months to 18 years, please email us at [email protected]. Visit our website for more information: www.sleepscotland.org.

Adults

Heads Up: has information on insomnia, what helps and how to support something living with insomnia.

Mood Juice: Self help guide. Learn more about sleep problems and skills to cope with them.

Wellbeing South Glasgow: offer a free downloadable called Trouble Sleeping.

Every Mind Matters: Trouble Sleeping, some simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights.

NHS 24: Taking caking of your sleeping pattern video 

The Royal Society for Public Health:  free e-learning on sleep for the public.

NHSGGC Health & Wellbeing Directory

Further resources specifically developed to help support your mental Health and wellbeing during the Covid19 pandemic:

 

Managing your Weight Keeping a healthy weight or losing some weight has real health benefits. Losing just 5kg (11 lb...

Managing your Weight

Keeping a healthy weight or losing some weight has real health benefits. Losing just 5kg (11 lbs) could lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and may improve your mobility and reduce aches and pains!

Staying focused and making the changes long term can sometimes be challenging but don’t lose heart, many of us are in the same situation and getting help from family, friends and colleagues can make it easier.

So whether your goal is about improving your health or fitting into your clothes, below are services and links that can help you stay motivated and give you some practical support.

Self Management

If you want to lose weight, making small, realistic changes to your diet and level of physical exercise will help you kick-start your weight-loss journey. Our practical guide (pdf) will help get you started and build the foundations for a successful, effective weight loss that you can maintain over the long term.

Community Weight Management Service

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde provide a Community Weight Management Service in partnership with WW (the new Weight Watchers.) If eligible for the service you’ll receive 12 weeks full WW membership for free. If you lose 5% of your body weight in this time you’ll be eligible for a further 12 week free block. 

Self Referral

NHSGGC Weight Management Services support individuals with existing health conditions that could be improved by losing weight. If you have Diabetes, Heart Disease or have previously had a Stroke and are overweight then you can self-refer by the means below.

Call: 0141 211 3379 (Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00 pm) 

Email:  [email protected]

Or complete our online referral form.

Depending on your criteria (BMI; health conditions) you will be referred to the most appropriate service for you, either the Community or Specialist service.

If you are trying to lose weight but don’t meet the criteria for referral to our services, why not check out our Self Management resource and other services which could support you.

Specialist Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Service

 

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing and isolation Active Staff have taken the decision to sus...

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing and isolation Active Staff have taken the decision to suspend all classes and activities until further notice.

During this period we encourage all staff to be as active as you can at home or if outside and to follow COVID-19 guidelines on exercise at all times. You can find more information on physical activity on our Staff Support and Wellbeing page.

Workouts on demand

Glasgow Club have given NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde staff access to their app and website.  Here you will find a selection of workouts you can stream direct to your device.

App - myglasgow.club/app

Website - myglasgow.club/customer

Activators – volunteers that support other staff to get active.

It’s never too late to stop smoking.  Even people who have smoked all their lives will improve their health by stoppi...

It’s never too late to stop smoking.  Even people who have smoked all their lives will improve their health by stopping smoking. 

Stopping smoking is a difficult thing to do.  One of the main reasons is because of nicotine.  Nicotine is the highly addictive drug in cigarettes and it is this addictive nature that makes it difficult to quit. 

Quit Your Way have various support services available to help you stop smoking.  Click on the links below for information on our different stop smoking services and how you can get support to quit smoking.

Find your nearest Quit Your Way Pharmacy or local smoking cessation support group by using our Postcode search.

 

Why not have a look at our Facebook page to see the ways that other people have managed to stop smoking

Alcohol is a legal, socially acceptable drug which is seen as an integral part of Scottish life; used to celebrate, c...

Alcohol is a legal, socially acceptable drug which is seen as an integral part of Scottish life; used to celebrate, commiserate and socialise.

Drinking too much, too often, increases the risk of cancer and liver disease, being involved in an accident, being a victim or perpetrator of crime, experiencing family breakdown, and losing employment.

More recently, there has been a lot of focus in the press, TV and radio on the issue of alcohol consumption and the problems it seems to cause. So what is the official advice?

  • To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
  • If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days. If you have one or two heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risk of death from long term illness and from accidents and injuries.

This poster (pdf) below sets out information on units and safe limits

 

Specific risks for older people

Alcohol can interfere with medication. GPs and pharmacists can advise whether it is safe to drink alcohol when taking medication.

Memory, balance or coordination difficulties can be made worse when drinking alcohol. This can lead to falls and accidents.

Drinking alcohol actually leads to heat loss in the body, increasing the risk of hypothermia when a lot of alcohol is consumed.

Older people may forget to eat properly if they are drinking too much.   

Staying healthy and in control

Cutting down or stopping drinking is usually just the beginning, and most people will need some degree of help or a long-term plan to stay in control or completely alcohol free.

Getting the right support can be crucial to maintaining control in the future. Only relying on family, friends or carers for this often is not enough.

Ask a GP or alcohol service about what longer-term support is available in your area.

Self-help or mutual aid groups (groups such as AA or SMART Recovery groups) are accessible in most areas.

Useful contacts for alcohol problems

  • Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups offers support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and can be attended by 12- to 17-year-olds who are affected by another person's drinking, usually a parent.
  • We Are With You is a UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Adfam is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and a database of local support groups.
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned about their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.
  • SMART Recovery groups help people decide whether they have a problem, build up their motivation to change, and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.·    

Drugs

Glasgow City Alcohol and Drugs Recovery Services

This service offers open access to all. They receive referrals from a wide range of services but also welcome self-referrals, either through drop in or by telephone (0141 303 8971). They provide a range of care and treatment options for people living in Glasgow affected by drugs and/or alcohol.

For services that provide support to anyone outside Glasgow please click on the link below:

http://infodir.nhsggc.org.uk/

For further information, resources and supports please see below:

Scottish Drug Forum provides information and free webinars.

www.sdf.org.uk

The number below is a 24 hour helpline

Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 999 1212

Up to 50% of certain cancers can be prevented by making small, simple changes to our lifestyle such as: not smoking, ...

Up to 50% of certain cancers can be prevented by making small, simple changes to our lifestyle such as: not smoking, eating a healthy balanced diet, keeping physically active and taking care of your skin in the sun.

  • Early detection

Being aware of your own body and attending available screening tests can aid early detection of cancer and greatly increase the chance of successful treatment and longer survival.

For up to date information in relation to COVID-19 and cancer please see this information leaflet.

 

National Information

NHS Inform - Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support In Your Area

Macmillan Cancer Support

Information and support for people living with cancer in the UK.
0808 808 00 00
macmillan.org.uk

Maggie's Centres

Maggie's offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends
0300 123 1801
maggiescentres.org 

For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, you can speak to a HWL specialist advisor. Contact us: ...

For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, you can speak to a HWL specialist advisor.

Contact us:

https://www.healthyworkinglives.scot/Pages/default.aspx

There are some free training places for further information click below.  

View our calendar of free training here  To subscribe to our newsletter click here

Having money worries can impact on your emotional and financial wellbeing.  There is lots of support out there via mo...

Having money worries can impact on your emotional and financial wellbeing.  There is lots of support out there via money advice services and other support around food and fuel poverty. 

Money & Debt Advice: The following link is being promoted amongst staff as a source of money and dept advice:

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you 

A mapping of useful resources was carried out recently in light of Covid-19 and the following webpage was created and promoted for NHS GGC staff, patients and families. The information is relevant for everyone.  It contains key information on food, fuel and the Support and Information Services (SIS). .

https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/health-issues/covid-19-coronavirus/money-worries 

For information about local food banks: https://www.trusselltrust.org/coronavirus-food-banks/

More people in Scotland are living with one or more complex health conditions. Two of the biggest conditions are canc...

More people in Scotland are living with one or more complex health conditions. Two of the biggest conditions are cancer and diabetes.  Self Management has become increasingly important as people are living longer.  If people understand their condition better they are able to have more confidence around managing that condition. 

Further information available from the following:

 

Arthritis Care: www.arthritiscare.org.uk 

Arthritis Research UK: www.arthritisresearchuk.org 

British Heart Foundation: www.bhf.org.uk 

British Lung Foundation: www.blf.org.uk 

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland: www.chss.org.uk 

Diabetes in Scotland: www.diabetesinscotland.org.uk 

Diabetes UK: www.diabetes.org.uk 

NHSGGC Get active

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Support:

www.nass.co.uk/

 

National Rheumatoid arthritis society: www.nras.org.uk

 

NHS Health Scotland: www.healthscotland.scot

 

NHS Inform: www.nhsinform.scot

 

Scottish Government: www.gov.scot

 

Smoke free services: www.nhsggcsmokefree.org.uk

 

SIGN: www.sign.ac.uk

 

Stroke Association: www.stroke.org.uk

 

JDFR www.jdfr.org.uk/

 

UK Government: www.gov.uk

The Scottish Health Literacy: www.healthliteracyplace.org.uk/

There is strong evidence that domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence and control increase during pan...

There is strong evidence that domestic abuse and other forms of gender-based violence and control increase during pandemics. Whilst research tells us domestic abuse affects women more often and more severely than men it helps to be aware of this especially at the current time.

 

For confidential help and advice with domestic abuse

 

National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage helpline
Call: 0800 027 1234 (open 24/7) Freephone
UK wide Refuge freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline
0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

If you have been sexually assaulted or raped within the last seven days, the Archway service can provide support, call 0141 211 8175.

Support, advice and counselling is available for survivors of all forms of sexual violence and abuse. Call the Rape Crisis Scotland helpline between 6pm – 12am (midnight) for free on 08088 01 03 02

Text: 07537 410 027 email: [email protected]  or on-line at www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk 

National LGBT & Domestic Abuse Helpline
Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm and Wednesday to Thursday
Call: 0800 999 5428
Email: [email protected]

Amina – Muslim Womens Resource Centre helpline
Call: 0808 801 0301 Freephone
Open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm

Action on Elder Abuse helpline
Open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Call: 0808 808 8141

Most Dental Practices are currently closed or only doing telephone consultations. Walk-in services are not available ...

Most Dental Practices are currently closed or only doing telephone consultations. Walk-in services are not available at this time. 

If you have an Emergency dental need you should contact your dentist on their usual number. They will provide advice and assessment over the telephone and prescribe any necessary treatment. 

If you are NOT registered with a dentist and have an Emergency dental need, please contact the Emergency Dental Treatment Centre on 0141 232 6323

At night, on weekends or holidays you can call NHS24 for free on 111 for dental advice

Sandyford For information on all aspects of sexual health, including reproductive health, relationships and sexualit...

Sandyford

For information on all aspects of sexual health, including reproductive health, relationships and sexuality visit the website.   It contains advice and information on a wide range of sexual health topics as well as details of how to access local services. Please see below:
www.sandyford.scot

Free Condoms

Free condoms are available in NHSGGC and can be accessed from a wide range of locations throughout the health board area.  Visit the NHSGGC Free Condoms site for more information and to find your nearest service.

There are many reasons why people might need some extra support - they could have a physical or mental illness, they ...

There are many reasons why people might need some extra support - they could have a physical or mental illness, they may be frail or have a disability, or they could be struggling with an addiction. They might need physical or emotional support or need practical help to manage day to day tasks.

Carers often provide this type of support to relatives, friends or neighbours even though they are not paid to do so. Carers might not live with the person they support and can be any age.

If you think you might be a carer, you are not alone. There is help and support for you and the person you look after.

There are local Carer Centres which can give you help with:

  • Practical Information

- learn about services that can help you and the person you care for in your local area

  • Training

 - get the knowledge and skills that can support you as a carer

  • Money Matters

- learn about the financial support that may be available for you or the person you care for

  • Emotional Support

- someone to be a listening ear

  • Having a Voice

 - helping you influence what happens in your local area

For details of local centres please see flyer below:

https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/media/244980/nhsggc_ph_carers_flyer_2017-11.pdf

 

 

 

Dr Melissa Martean, Senior Principal Clinical Psychologist, Care Home Liaison Service Glasgow City Health & Socia...

Dr Melissa Martean, Senior Principal Clinical Psychologist, Care Home Liaison Service Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership and also the Older People’s Psychology Service (OPPS) have created this resource pack.

Creative Health & Wellbeing for Staff and Residents

Scottish Ballet have collaborated with NHS Scotland to create a fortnightly package of movement exercises for on-duty...

Scottish Ballet have collaborated with NHS Scotland to create a fortnightly package of movement exercises for on-duty staff within the NHS and Social Care system.

These movement and breath sessions have been designed to address physical and mental wellbeing, and help alleviate some of the impacts from working over long periods.

A package of three video sessions will be distributed each fortnight:

Energise – to warm the body at the start of a shift
Rejuvenate – to promote physical and mental balance during breaks
Relax
 – to release tension and ease stress at the end of a shift

 

Designed for individual participants or small groups, the sessions are available via the Scottish Ballet  YouTube channel to enable easy access for those working across services.

In addition,  they are offering a stand-alone 20-minute session for NHS and care staff experiencing trauma. These 'Restore' sessions have been developed from Scottish Ballet  Engagement Team's expertise of working with the care and prison systems.

Culture in Quarantine is a BBC initiative to keep public access to art and culture from across the BBC's TV, radio an...

Culture in Quarantine is a BBC initiative to keep public access to art and culture from across the BBC's TV, radio and digital platforms. This page will be regularly updated so do  please check back

Art in Hospital Artists have worked in various NHSGGC services for over 25 years.  This new online resource with arti...

Art in Hospital Artists have worked in various NHSGGC services for over 25 years.  This new online resource with artist interaction built in is their response to the restrictions of COVID–19 which enables the artists to maintain their contact with their patients in hospitals and Care Homes.

It is a beautiful and accessible resource (very calming when you enter into it) and as such holds potential to bring positive mental health – creative activity, health and wellbeing to many more individuals and groups during the pandemic and as part of recovery and thereafter. 

Visit www.aih-throughawindow.com

AIH Remote Programme for Hospital patients and people in Care Home

  • Arts Packs sent to each hospital and care home
  • Named Artists in regular contact with wards and care homes
  • Untold Stories Instagram and Postal Projects
  • ZOOM and Phone Art sessions with patients and people in care homes
  • Autogramme   'Series of Hand Made Books of  patients and people in care homes artwork'

Please contact Art in Hospital directly to order Art packs or to arrange for an artist to connect with your service.

Presentation and content is  geared towards core audiences of older people, including those in care, families and the...

Presentation and content is  geared towards core audiences of older people, including those in care, families and the general public. 

There is information in weekly bulletins on The Live Music Now website.  

Videos are available via  Watch Together at Home on YouTube

The concerts are around 30 mins in length, so an occasion which is engaging rather than a snippet of music.

Each week Luminate Scotland source a selection of activities, resources and entertainment for people to enjoy at home...

Each week Luminate Scotland source a selection of activities, resources and entertainment for people to enjoy at home. To celebrate Dementia Awareness Week organised by Alzheimer Scotland,  this weeks list has a particular focus on dementia inclusive activities.  

Capital Theatres are offering two ways for people living with dementia, their families and carers to get together online. First is A Brew and a Blethera drop-in Zoom chat that takes place twice a monthAnother is their Contactless Afternoon Tea Partieswhere you can enjoy a YouTube performance from their Capital Theatres House Band.  

Subscribe for free to The Storybox Project, an activities programme enabling those supporting people living with dementia to engage in creative, imaginative activities within group settings such as care homes.  

Meeting Centres are all about community based innovation supporting people living with dementia, and they are represented in Scotland by Kirrie Connections. Meeting Centres have put together a great page of resources, with links to creative activity kits, dance, singing sessions and more. 

For family, carers and paid professionals, Dementia Adventure are offering free online Dementia Skills Sessions. Dementia Adventure are a charity dedicated to supporting people with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community. 

Online Laughter Yoga session via Zoom on Wednesdays at 11am.   The Facebook event page is below along with the Zoom ...

Online Laughter Yoga session via Zoom on Wednesdays at 11am.  

The Facebook event page is below along with the Zoom link and password.  

The classes will run on a donation only basis and anyone can take part.  Laughter is an aerobic exercise and as with any exercise, people should consult their GP before attending if they have any health concerns. 

People can download a free version of Zoom at www.zoom.us  If you can please distribute throughout your networks it would be much appreciated.  

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 2817 3115
Password: 817385

 

Creative professionals have begun to weave their way through this crisis, to adapt and respond in a multitude of ways...

Creative professionals have begun to weave their way through this crisis, to adapt and respond in a multitude of ways that comprehend the complexity of covid-19 and all its ramifications, but remain true to the generous principles and professionalism within socially engaged practice.

Find out more at The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance

 

 

It's now been 16 weeks since the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) closed the campus doors and stopped performing...

It's now been 16 weeks since the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) closed the campus doors and stopped performing live in NHSGGC Hospitals. In that time RCS has learned many things about learning and teaching at a distance. Students and staff have risen to the challenges of learning and performing online. The work that has been created, from contemporary performance festivals and lunchtime music recitals to online production showcases and the premiere of new dance work - all performed from RCS students' homes across the globe.

RCS at Home has been a gathering place to share performances with audiences and with each other. This platform is a wonderful success story recognised alongside great international producing houses such as the Met Opera in New York and the London Symphony Orchestra as a destination for performance during lockdown.

Since March, they have premiered 12 RCS Presents concerts, published more than 120 creative pieces on the dedicated RCS at Home channel, and attracted an audience of more than 10,000 from 86 countries around the world. There’s something for everyone, with highlights from some of the new works and performances in music, dance, drama and film

Last Updated: 22 July 2020