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Health & Social care - Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Update, 18 May

Sensory Impairment Team

Our Sensory Impairment Team are still available and working from home during this current situation.

At the moment our office is closed. However, if anyone needs help or advice with a Visual Impairment or Hearing Loss then our team can still be contacted on:

  • Monday to Thursday at 9am to 4.45pm 
  • Friday at 9am to 4.30pm

Update, 22 April

Adult Protection

Now more than ever we all need to look out for each other.  We need your help to protect vulnerable people in our community.

If you have concerns that a vulnerable adult may be at risk then please get in touch.

Harm can be in different forms: physical, psychological like bullying or verbal abuse, neglect, financial pressures, theft or fraud, or sexual abuse.

Call: 01294 310300


Update, 16 April

interim guidance on Child Protection and Adult Support and Protection 

A guide for staff and volunteers has been produced to assist you to gain a knowledge and understanding of what to do if you come across a child or an adult you are worried about, in the course of your work.

Update, 2 April

Advice for young people who feel unsafe

We’ve all been urged to stay at home during the Coronavirus outbreak, however we understand that for some young people this might not feel like the safest place to be right now.

If you feel at all unsafe at home during the current school closures, or if you are worried about a friend or family member who could be in danger An information leaflet is available to read and download here with a list of people and organisations you can turn to for help and advice.

Update, 31 March

Public urged to be vigilant to protect children at risk during Covid-19

With the closure of schools and nurseries during the Covid-19 crisis, a national child protection group is urging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for children who may be at risk during this time.

Child Protection Committees Scotland recognises the impact a significant change in day-to-day life may have on vulnerable children and together with North Ayrshire Child Protection Committee, stresses the need for the public to join efforts to protect potentially vulnerable children during the Coronavirus outbreak. Read the full news article here.

Update, 25 March

Recruitment appeal for Arran bank/relief register

Do you live on Arran? Have you previously worked in healthcare or social care?

Our Health and Social Care Partnership are building a bank/relief register as part of our Covid-19 preparations.

If you'd like to get involved, follow the link to find out more:

Update, 24 March

Trindlemoss closed

In response to the current challenges with the Covid 19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to close the Trindlemoss Day Service from Monday 23 March until further notice.

The Community Learning Disabilities team are currently looking for alternative supports for the most vulnerable service users. Staff are in the process of contacting those affected by the closure, and we would like to apologise to anyone who we were unable to contact yesterday. We will be in touch as soon as possible.

Treatment of patients prescribed treatment for substance dependence

Treatment for substance dependence and addiction helps people through medication, mental health support and social support. All three elements are needed to help people manage and aid recovery.

The COVID-19 situation is placing a lot of pressure on the health services and GP surgeries and community pharmacies particularly are struggling to operate under the burden. This has led to problems in caring for patients who normally attend pharmacies regularly.

To try and allow for some measure of care for the most at risk and the most vulnerable, the Specialist Addiction Services have worked with the pharmacies to continue to provide a minimum pharmacy service. Find out more by reading the full news article here.

Update, 23 March

Deadline extended for participatory budgeting event

Community groups and organisations thinking about applying for a share of £60k as part of North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership’s participatory budgeting scheme will now have more time to submit their applications.

Projects which could help to aid recovery from substance misuse disorders and prevent drug-related deaths across North Ayrshire are being offered the chance to bid for grants of between £8k and £10k as part of the scheme, with communities having the final say on who will receive the funding.

The application period has now been extended, with submissions being accepted until Sunday 12 April. Read the full news article here.

Update, 20 March

Digital resource available for carers

Did you know if you are an unpaid carer you could tap into support, information and e-learning through the Digital Resource for Carers?

With more individuals self-isolating and social distancing, the carer’s role can become stressful and it can be difficult to communicate with others who may also be caring for the same person.

The Jointly app allows you to create a circle of care for the person you are looking after. Once you have set up your Jointly circle, you can start using Jointly to organise care. You can use it on your own or invite others to join you and share the care - this could include paid carers, siblings or partners who help in the caring role. Jointly works on iPhone, iPad, Android devices and on most modern web browsers (home computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets etc).

Jointly can help you to keep all your notes in one place and never lose them again, and you can also organise day to day tasks using the task lists. You can create date/time specific events and invite anyone in your circle to appointments where needed. Also, you can use the Jointly Medication feature to keep track of current and past medication for the person you are caring. The app allows you to store more information and useful contacts so that you can access their details anytime, anywhere.

Normally there is a charge for this app, but if you sign up to using the free code DGTL4110 you can access Jointly for free.

For more information on other support available contact North Ayrshire Carers Centre 01294 311333.

Update, 18 March

Telephone and Near Me video consultations

All GP Practices and hospitals across Scotland have been asked to increase use of remote consultations by telephone or video. This will mean most people can receive some of their NHS health, care and advice from their own home, to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Telephone will be the first choice, with a step up to:
  • Near Me video consulting where it offers additional clinical benefit
  • Face to face consultations when needed.

The Near Me system was made available to all NHS boards by the Scottish Government’s Technology Enabled Care Programme which invested £1.7 million in 2019/20. Further funding of at least £1.8 million was announced last week to support further roll out including GP practices.

You can find out more about how Near Me works here:

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