Healthwatch Milton Keynes E-Newsletter, Covid-19 Update


CEO’s Blog

As we enter the last week of January in another national lockdown, the excitement of Christmas is behind us, and this leads me to reflect on the importance of focusing on our mental health and wellbeing. Further down in this email you will find some valuable resources from the newly launched NHS Every Mind Matters Campaign, including coping with covid and wellbeing and a free tool to develop your own Mind Plan to to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.

On a more positive note, the NHS Covid Vaccination programme has got off to a flying start in the New Year, with over 4.3 million people in England having received their first COVID-19 vaccination (figures up to January 20th 2021). This figure is changing rapidly, as the NHS continues to expand it’s vaccination programme. This is a fantastic achievement and we should congratulate the NHS and the hard work of many 10,000s of healthcare workers and volunteers who have helped (and continue to) deliver this amazing vaccination programme. We have heard from many of you of how quick, easy and relatively painless (excuse the pun!) the whole covid vaccination experience has been. However, please do continue to let us know if you have encountered any problems/issues with the covid vaccination.

I just want to close this week’s blog on a related reminder; if you, or any one you know has not yet had their flu vaccination or missed their appointment, then please do consider getting the flu vaccination. The NHS is currently focusing on catching up on all who are eligible for the free NHS flu vaccination (especially those over the age of 50) and who may have missed the first phase of vaccinations, it is not too late to get your flu vaccination!

Finally, thank you to all of you who have been using our new Whatsapp text service (07759298450) to provide us with feedback – it is hugely appreciated as it gives us the evidence we need to be able to advise the people who pay for and provide the health and social care services you use on the ways in which you need them to operate.  Keep it coming!

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    Get Your Mind Plan

Answer 5 quick questions to get your free plan with tips to help you deal with stress and anxiety, improve your sleep, boost your mood and feel more in control.
Try the quiz

Visit  the NHS’s Every Mind Matters website for more information.

Government: Stay-At-Home National Lockdown 2021

National lockdown: Stay at Home. Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Read the detailed guidance on the national lockdown 2021:

Click Here

A Guide to Your Vaccination: Easy Read

Public Health England have produced an Easy Read booklet for the Covid vaccination, “A Guide to Your Vaccination”

Click image above or button below to view the Easy Read booklet.

A Guide to Your Vaccination: Easy Read

Vaccination Public Patient Enquiry Line

A patient enquiry line has been established to help people who can’t find the answer to their vaccination query on the FAQ sheets on the CCG website

Vaccination Public Patient Enquiry Line:
0300 7900 267

This help line cannot be used to discuss personal patient information or to book a vaccination appointment. It is another channel to keep people informed if they are uncertain about the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Covid Update from NHS Milton Keynes CCG:

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 7 January 2021
Total positive cases – 2286 decreased by 7%.
No further data on covid vaccinations administered across Milton Keynes is currently provided by the local NHS. However, the following Regional Covid vaccination figures are published by NHS England up to and including Jan 20th 2021 (provisional figures). Note Milton Keynes is under East of England figures.
Region of Residence 1st dose 2nd dose Cumulative Total Doses to Date
Total 4,303,730 436,848 4,740,578
East Of England 494,557 53,396 547,953
London 465,074 53,353 518,427
Midlands 821,729 66,611 888,340
North East And Yorkshire 715,903 71,508 787,411
North West 595,673 62,710 658,383
South East 692,239 75,837 768,076
South West 492,386 53,145 545,531
NHS England also publishes weekly and monthly covid vaccination figures by age group and Region, these can be viewed at NHS England’s Vaccination webpage.

UK Disability Survey Launched

The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021. Survey closes 23 Apr 2021.

To help the government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and what it may need to focus upon to improve the lives of disabled people, we need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.
This survey will ask about your life experiences either as a disabled person, a carer or parent or as someone who has an interest in disability issues.
Many people have had big changes in their lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and there will be an opportunity at the end of the survey to state if your life has changed notably due to COVID-19, and in what ways. However, please answer other questions thinking about yourself, your own experiences and your current situation.

Click link to complete the survey online

Access Ambassadors

To support the local Deaf community, Access Ambassadors have set up a page on their website with accessible health and well-being information. All the links are to pages with information in BSL

Covid-19 Information pack from RNID

Click link above to view the Covid-19 Information pack from RNID or follow the link:

Please note the following schedule of events organised by DUK South East region.
The attached letter gives instructions on how to register for them.

Virtual events in the South East
Thursday 21 Jan 1-2.30pmLiving emotionally well with your diabetes.
(Karen Pearson, Deborah Barnett & Christopher Hutchins, Talking Therapies)
Register here:

Wednesday 3 Feb, 1.30-3.00pmSelf-Management: Empowering people with type 2 diabetes.
(Erwin Castro, Diabetes Nurse Consultant)
Register here:

Monday 8 Feb, 11.00-12.30pmEating well with diabetes.
(Nicky Mendoza, Diabetes Dietitian)
Register here:

Tuesday 9 Feb 7.00-8.30pmEmpowering those with type 1 diabetes
(Dr Mayank Patel, Consultant in Diabetes)
Register here:

Thursday 11 Feb 1.00-2.30pmHow to talk about your psychological wellbeing with your Diabetes health professional.
(Karen Pearson, Deborah Barnett & Christopher Hutchins, Talking Therapies)
Register here:

Wednesday 17 Feb 6.30-8.00pmDiabetes and Dementia
(Miss Rutendo Muzambi: MPharm – from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Register here:

Thursday 18 Feb 1.00-2.30pmSick day Rules for People living with type 1 diabetes (putting the theory into practice).
(Anne Eltringham Cox, Diabetes Specialist Nurse)
Register here:

Monday 22 Feb 1.00-2.30pmSick day Rules for People living with type 2 diabetes (putting the theory into practice).
(Anne Eltringham Cox, Diabetes Specialist Nurse)
Register here:

Thursday 25 Feb 10.30-12.00pmPre-Diabetes and reducing risks of developing type 2 diabetes in the South Asian community.
(Dr Shiba Qamar, GP & Aqib Elahi, NDPP educator)
Register here:

Thursday 4 March 2.00-3.30pmSelf Management: Empowering people with type 2 diabetes from the South Asian community.
(Dr Binodh Chathanath, GP)
Register here:

Monday 8th March 5.00-6.30pmLooking after your feet and signs of when to seek help
(Michelle Stafford, Clinical Lead for Diabetes Foot, South East Clinical Network)
Register here:

Diabetes UK letter on how to register for online events

Reminder that NHS Dentists and GP services will remain open during current national lockdown

The Government guidance on the national lock down says, “The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include the NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists”.
Remote consultation, triage and risk assessment remain key prior to patient attendance for face to face dental care.

MK Friends Shop – Delivering to Wards in MKUH 

The Friends of Milton Keynes University Hospital usually run a grocery store and Ward Trolley service. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve now implemented a daily Ward Delivery service.

Pick from our selection of snacks, drinks, chocolates and confectionery, newspapers and magazines, and essential toiletries.

Click the link below to find out more.

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We want to hear your experiences of local health and social care services so that we can work to improve them. The more feedback we receive, the more powerful our message becomes.

Healthwatch Milton Keynes advertises health & social care funded, charity and community activities/groups/events to its members. We are only able to advertise trusted sources, for example services that are BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) accredited or CQC regulated. It is usually not within Healthwatch Milton Keynes’ remit to endorse paid for services to its members. However, all content is considered on a case by case basis.

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