Covid-19

LATEST COVID-19 VIRUS UPDATE

Due to the COVID-19 virus, it has been recommended by the government that changes will be required to be made to services across the country.

Health and Wellbeing Slough services will run as follows:

Stop Smoking

Covid-19 is a virus that impacts the respiratory system, and quitting smoking can potentially reduce the risk of serious lung disease. With the latest advice from the Government, we are unable to provide face to face advice. We are pleased that we will provide a local Quitline support to anyone wanting to quit, depending upon demand we will extend this to evenings and weekends. In addition, over the past few years, we have been building our own Artificial Intelligence ‘Quit With Bella’ app which can also be downloaded on Android and iOS. Bella is a personal stop smoking coach, based on NCSCT/NICE guidelines, and is available 24/7 (www.quitwithbella.co.uk ). A key component to “Quit with Bella” is the Bella community, this will not only provide support from others but also our own team of smoking cessation advisors.

Our team can still be contacted as follows:

 By telephone on 0800 0614734 / 01753 373646

  • By completing our online referral available on our website by clicking here.

Physical Activity and Adult Weight Management

During this pandemic, it is important that we encourage physical activity and wellbeing. For now, we are pausing our group classes and instead, residents across Slough can use our online platform https://shapeup4-life.co.uk/

This has been built based on our existing Eat4Health/Shapeup4life programme and users can access this 24/7. In addition, we are about to release a standalone Shapeup4life app, available on Android and iOS in the next few weeks.

Children Weight Management 

As the Government has closed schools until further notice, we are unable to provide the children’s weight management and active movement programme.  These will resume as soon as possible once the schools open. We are, however, working on an AI digital platform – Ask Teddi for 0-5 and a separate app for children for ages 5 to 11 based on our Let Get Going programme. These are currently under development and we are looking to launch these soon.

NHS Health Checks 

We have put all NHS Health Checks on hold for now as it is not possible to replace with a shorter contact period (a minimum of 15 minutes is required for health MOT and clients would be within 2m for weighing and measuring). Instead, we encourage you to take our online quiz available here which will look at a number of areas including healthy eating, drinking, mental health, activity, falls risk etc and give recomendations of services you need to access.

Falls Service

We have put on hold the current group classes.  Instead, our team of Wellness Coaches will post you strength & balance booklets, calls on a weekly basis and check on your general welfare and how you are getting on with exercises. We will supplement this by actual videos of how to perform these exercises. We are currently producing a number of videos, an example of one that we have already done is:  https://www.fallsfree4life.co.uk/Covid19.aspx 

Healthy Eating/Cooking Classes

For this, we are producing a series of self-help cooking classes videos, once these are ready we will incorporate these into our online Shapeup4life programme.

 

Public Health England disparities review finds Black and Asian groups more likely to die of COVID-19

Public Health England has published its review of COVID-19 disparities, looking at how the impact of the disease varies according to ethnicity and other factors, such as age, sex, deprivation, occupation, and geography. A link to the full report can be found here.

The review found that:

  • People of Bangladeshi ethnicity have around twice the risk of death as White British people.
  • People of Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Other Asian, Caribbean, and Other Black ethnicity had between 10 and 50% higher risk of death.
  • Death rates in the most deprived areas are more than double those in the least deprived areas.
  • People over 80 were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40.
  • There was a strong regional pattern, with London showing the highest diagnoses and death rates.

The analysis was not able to account for other factors, such as comorbidities, occupation, and household composition. These are important, as there are high proportions of BAME workers in key occupations, and many from BAME groups tend to live in larger and multi-generational households, both of which can lead to higher risk of exposure to the virus.

It appears from the PHE analysis that the impact of COVID-19 follows a similar pattern to so many of the deeply ingrained public health challenges that we face – from morbid obesity to deaths from smoking. It is always the most vulnerable that are impacted by public health challenges, and that has a good deal to do with the environments and social determinants of health which people face.

Here at Solutions 4 Health we will continue to both provide and develop innovative, sustainable lifestyle and clinical services that improve healthcare for all, especially those who experience inequitable health outcomes.

 

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