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Shropshire Disability Network June 2020 Meeting-Cancelled

Please note, our meeting due to take place on Thursday 11th June 2020 at The Movement Centre, Building 106, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Gobowen, Oswestry, SY10 7AG  has been cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Plans are still in place to hold our AGM and Members meeting on Thursday 3rd September at  University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ, in room SGH201. At that meeting a new Chair and Secretary will be appointed together with other appointments to the Management Committee. If you wish to find out more about joining the Management team, please use the link on this page https://shropshiredisability.net/contact/ to tell us what you have to offer or to find out more information and/or to express your interest.

Despite the these unprecedented times, SDN while not holding face to face meetings, we are still  continuing our signposting work. Fundraising events were cancelled by the Management Committee prior to the pandemic, however funds are needed to continue the work of SDN. We thank Sam, who recently held a fundraiser on-line. Thank you to all who supported the event.

Anyone wishing to support our work can make a donation via our  Virgin Money Giving page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?uniqueVmgCharityUrl=shropshire-disability

This Volunteers week, we thank all our volunteers, especially those who work behind the scenes, maintaining our website, social media, signposting etc. Without our volunteers, SDN would not function.

 

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Have you an Hospital Appointment pending?

Over the last  11 weeks, many hospital appointments have been cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic but now some appointments are being rearranged and are starting to go ahead.

ATLA The Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults say:

“If you have an appointment at any hospital, they are taking your temperature when you arrive, with an ear thermometer. If you wear hearing aids with moulds in the ear, they will make your ear hot! So to avoid being sent away, or worse, take out your hearing aid on one side before you go, but take it with you to put in after your temperature. has been taken”.

Stay safe.  

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Help is Available this Bank Holiday, Contact NHS 111

GP’s in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin  want you to know ‘Help is available this May bank holiday.’ Friday 8th May 2020

NHS 111 will be available to contact, and practices will be open across the county during normal opening times, although you may be asked to attend a different practice if you need a face-to-face appointment.

Pharmacies will also be open between 2 pm and 5 pm, with some pharmacies planning to open for longer.

Residents are advised to check practice and pharmacy websites for opening times as well as specific arrangements for the May bank holiday.

Also open are Urgent Treatment Centres at the Whitchurch and Bridgnorth Minor Injury Units, which have been temporarily relocated from the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Health bosses at the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging people not to hesitate to seek help if you have any health concerns. They are concerned that due to Covid19 people are afraid to do contact their GP. It is important that if you have health concerns, you still contact them ie a lump, passing blood or anything that is not “normal” for you.

Help is available either by calling NHS 111, free from any landline or mobile, by visiting  https://111.nhs.uk/ or contacting your GP practice directly. People should only attend the premises if they have a pre-booked appointment.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said: “If you have any health concerns, please don’t put them off and risk your condition getting worse. Visit NHS 111 online in the first instance or call 111 if you do not have access to the internet.

“The coronavirus outbreak has meant that people are worried about catching the infection from places like GP practices, as well as not wanting to be a burden. However, we want everyone to know the NHS is still here to help.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “Our NHS colleagues have made huge efforts to deal with coronavirus, but they are also working hard to ensure that patients can safely access essential services.

“From NHS 111 to online and video consultations, we are doing all we can to make sure patients receive the care they need and to feel confident in contacting our services for help.”

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Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS)

Please be aware and remain vigilant of phishing emails. One of the many scam emails currently in circulation purports to be from the TV Licensing advising to cancel direct debits.

These messages may look like the real thing but are malicious. Once clicked, you are sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords.

The criminal’s goal is to convince you to click on the links within their scam email or text message, or to give away sensitive information (such as bank details).

If you receive an email which you’re not quite sure about, forward it to the Suspicious Email  [email protected]

For further information and advice please go to:

Disability Rights UK

DR UK says sign the petition to increase disability benefits

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced an temporary emergency increase of £20 a week for both Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits. 

DR UK syas “Although DR UK welcomes this increase, by doing so, they are discriminating against the millions of disabled people on other benefits who have not received the same increase.

DR UK – with over 100 other charities and other organisations as part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) – has launched a petition calling on Government to immediately extend this emergency increase to all benefits, on the grounds that anything else would be discriminatory.

Alongside the petition, supported by MPs and the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, the DBC released results of an April 2020 survey of over 200 disabled people which found nearly all (95%) had seen an increase in their costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, 92% admitted they were struggling with additional food costs – and others said they were having to find the money needed to pay people to collect food and medicine, and higher heating and water bills as they were forced to shield at home.

One respondent said:

“I cannot carry shopping home, due to a chronic illness impacting my spine. As online orders from supermarkets are completely booked, I have had to find alternative shops to order from for home delivery, all of which are considerably more expensive.”

Another said:

“Electric and gas charges are way up. My father is paying for some of my energy charges out of his pension. This isn’t right.”

Some even said they’re having to choose between heating their homes, feeding themselves and their families, or buying medicine, with one respondent saying the extra £20 “would mean not having to skip meals.”

Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser said:

“Even before the covid-19 crisis, benefit cuts and austerity hit disabled people the hardest.

The £20 week temporary increase to Universal Credit and tax credits is welcome but should be made permanent.

It should also properly be extended to those on ‘legacy benefits’ such as ESA. In addition, the Work-Related Activity Group and UC equivalent Limited Capability for Work addition should be restored.”

DR UK urges you to join the DBC’s call and sign this petition demanding the Government to stop leaving disabled people behind and click this link which takes you to the petition stop leaving disabled people behind.

For more information see the DBC briefing The emergency need to increase disability benefits.

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Take 2’ steps away from others.

‘Take 2’ steps away from others when you are out and about, say health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

In the latest campaign launched by the county’s health commissioners, the public are reminded to ‘Take 2’ large steps (two metres) away to avoid any close contact with others. This is approximately the length of an average bed.

The campaign is being used to highlight the distance people need to maintain from each other to respect social distancing measures during the coronavirus outbreak.

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With the UK entering its sixth week of lockdown it is hoped that the ‘Take 2’ campaign will act as a reminder that it is a greater distance than some people might think.

The more a person comes into contact with the droplets from coughs and sneezes of an infected person, the more likely they are to catch the infection. It is therefore extremely important to maintain this two metre distance.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said:  “Everyone has a part to play to help slow the spread of coronavirus. The ‘Take 2’ campaign is a simple reminder to everyone that we need to keep our distance from others. “We’re asking everyone to maintain a two metre distance, whether that’s in the supermarket or when people are outside exercising, and to bear in mind that this is the length of an average bed.”

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG, said:

“Two metres is bigger than you might think, so we are encouraging everyone to think about what this distance looks like.

“It is extremely important that we keep going with social distancing measures as they are in place to protect the population, protect the NHS and ultimately save lives.”

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Be wary of COVID 19 quizzes!

With so many people self-isolating or social distancing, online quizzes have become an increasingly popular way of people staying in touch with friends and family and providing a source of entertainment. Many people are creating and sharing their own quizzes or taking part in online events.
However, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute has received information about some quizzes that, whilst on the surface appear harmless, are designed to harvest data that can be used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.

Some of these are circulating on social media and even claim to test your knowledge of COVID-19. However, many of the questions you are expected to answer will be personal in nature: your name; address; phone numbers and email addresses; family information; pet’s names and hobbies etc.

Security questions for bank accounts and online passwords usually incorporate this kind of information., making it easier for fraudsters to build up information on an individual over time.
This information can be harvested and made available both to genuine businesses (that may wish to sell you goods and service), but also scammers.

*  You wouldn’t tell a stranger in the street personal information, so why tell a stranger online? Your personal and financial information is valuable. Protect it!

Think before you click!

*  Be careful who you share your data with. Remember, not all web pages or social media platforms are private and secure.

*  Never share information such as credit and debit card PIN numbers.

For more information on safety online visit: https://www.getsafeonline.org/

You can also find the information online here: https://safeinwarwickshire.com/2020/04/22/be-wary-of-covid-19-quizzes-warn-warwickshire-trading-standards/

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DR UK says sign the petition to increase disability benefits

Start Date:
23rd April 2020

End Date:
31st May 2020

Start Time:
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End Time:
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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government announced an temporary emergency increase of £20 a week for both Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits. 

DR UK syas “Although DR UK welcomes this increase, by doing so, they are discriminating against the millions of disabled people on other benefits who have not received the same increase.

DR UK – with over 100 other charities and other organisations as part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) – has launched a petition calling on Government to immediately extend this emergency increase to all benefits, on the grounds that anything else would be discriminatory.

Alongside the petition, supported by MPs and the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, the DBC released results of an April 2020 survey of over 200 disabled people which found nearly all (95%) had seen an increase in their costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, 92% admitted they were struggling with additional food costs – and others said they were having to find the money needed to pay people to collect food and medicine, and higher heating and water bills as they were forced to shield at home.

One respondent said:

“I cannot carry shopping home, due to a chronic illness impacting my spine. As online orders from supermarkets are completely booked, I have had to find alternative shops to order from for home delivery, all of which are considerably more expensive.”

Another said:

“Electric and gas charges are way up. My father is paying for some of my energy charges out of his pension. This isn’t right.”

Some even said they’re having to choose between heating their homes, feeding themselves and their families, or buying medicine, with one respondent saying the extra £20 “would mean not having to skip meals.”

Ken Butler DR UK’s Welfare Rights and Policy Adviser said:

“Even before the covid-19 crisis, benefit cuts and austerity hit disabled people the hardest.

The £20 week temporary increase to Universal Credit and tax credits is welcome but should be made permanent.

It should also properly be extended to those on ‘legacy benefits’ such as ESA. In addition, the Work-Related Activity Group and UC equivalent Limited Capability for Work addition should be restored.”

DR UK urges you to join the DBC’s call and sign this petition demanding the Government to stop leaving disabled people behind and click this link which takes you to the petition stop leaving disabled people behind.

For more information see the DBC briefing The emergency need to increase disability benefits.

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The NHS needs to know your current experience of Coronavirus

Start Date:
1st May 2020

End Date:
31st May 2020

Start Time:
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End Time:
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A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS co-ordinate its response and build up additional data on the coronavirus pandemic was launched on Saturday 4 April 2020 by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the Status Checker and answer a short series of questions, which will tell the NHS about their experience.

It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website, and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential Coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it.

Note the survey is not a triage or clinical advice tool, and you should visit NHS 111 online for medical advice about their symptoms.

The information gathered by the survey will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and additional staff might be needed, and will provide valuable insight into the development and progression of the virus across the country.

The survey is live now and people can complete the survey either for themselves, or on behalf of someone else with their permission.

It asks:

  • why they are staying at home
  • to choose from a series of options to describe how they are feeling
  • whether they have any other health problems
  • their date of birth
  • their postcode
  • how many people are living in their home.

Click here to access the survey: https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker

Note: NHS will not share the answers you give us beyond the NHS and trusted organisations working directly with the NHS in response to Coronavirus.

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The NHS needs to know your current experience of Coronavirus

Start Date:
4th April 2020

End Date:
30th June 2020

Start Time:
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End Time:
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A new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS co-ordinate its response and build up additional data on the coronavirus pandemic was launched on Saturday 4 April 2020 by Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock.

People with potential coronavirus symptoms are now being asked to complete the Status Checker and answer a short series of questions, which will tell the NHS about their experience.

It is open to anyone in the UK to use on the NHS website, and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential Coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it.

Note the survey is not a triage or clinical advice tool, and you should visit NHS 111 online for medical advice about their symptoms.

The information gathered by the survey will help the NHS to plan its response to the outbreak, indicating when and where more resources like oxygen, ventilators and additional staff might be needed, and will provide valuable insight into the development and progression of the virus across the country.

The survey is live now and people can complete the survey either for themselves, or on behalf of someone else with their permission.

It asks:

  • why they are staying at home
  • to choose from a series of options to describe how they are feeling
  • whether they have any other health problems
  • their date of birth
  • their postcode
  • how many people are living in their home.

Click here to access the survey: https://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-status-checker

Note: NHS will not share the answers you give us beyond the NHS and trusted organisations working directly with the NHS in response to Coronavirus.