Can you believe it’s September? August has passed us by in the blink of an eye. So here we are, approaching the end of summer 2020 and what a time it’s been.
Partners across Wirral, including ourselves, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Council have been working hard to plan the phased reopening of those services that were stood down during the height of the pandemic.
Our schools, along with parents and carers have been planning for children to safely return back to school and what a milestone this will be.
I’m sure it will come with lots of mixed emotions for everyone, so let’s support and reassure our children and young people who may be experiencing a variety of feelings about returning to the classroom.
If you’re worried about your child’s mental wellbeing you can help by:
- Making time to talk and allowing them to open up about their feelings
- Trying to understand their problems and providing reassurance that you have heard them and are there to help
- Helping your child do positive activities and keeping a routine over the next few weeks
Don’t forget, as a parent or carer it’s really important to look after your own mental wellbeing too.
There’s a wealth of free advice and support available – you can visit the NHS website or MyMind.org.uk or call the mental health helpline from Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) on 0800 145 6485.
The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.
On the topic of our children and young people getting ready to return to school life I also wanted to recognise the fantastic job parents, carers and families have done throughout lockdown – it hasn’t been easy juggling childcare, homeschooling and working differently, along with everything else, but you’ve done it. You should be really proud, well done.
At the beginning of my column I mentioned that there has been lots of work going on right across our organisation to support the reopening of our services safely and to help us do this we’ve introduced video consultation appointments.
They are secure and as convenient as a phone call, with the added value of face-to-face communication. Video consultations can save you time, as you will not need to travel for a face-to-face appointment and they can also act as an alternative to a home visit.
So how do video consultations work?
Video consultations enable you to speak to a member of our team from the comfort of your own home via a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Once your appointment has been booked, you will be sent a link to access your own private online video consultation room that only you and your healthcare professional can enter.
You don’t need to create an online account and no personal information is stored. When your appointment is due, all you need to do is click on the link.
You will then be given access to the appropriate video consultation room to start your appointment. You can find more information about video consultations on our website – wchc.nhs.uk
Video consultations have proved successful and the feedback we have received so far has been really positive.
We understand that video consultations aren’t for everyone and if you or your healthcare professional thinks that it’s best to been seen face-to-face in one of our community clinics or at home please don’t worry, this will be arranged.
As we move into a new month, please remember to stay safe and help protect each other.