Today Derbyshire Healthcare has launched a new telephone-based support line for local people of all ages and their carers who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic  

 

Here at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we recognise the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on our communities.

 

We are, inevitably, caring for individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 within our services and on our wards. We are grateful for the support of our health and social care partners as we do our very best to bring comfort to these individuals whilst at the same time protecting our workforce and other patients from the virus wherever possible. We are putting measures in place for the coming ‘peak’ of the pandemic to ensure that the Trust can continue to care for its service users, with a particular focus on those who our most vulnerable and in need.

We also recognise the impact that the pandemic is having on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of people in Derbyshire.

 

Today Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone-based support line for local people of all ages and their carers who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

The new service also intends to support people who are experiencing a reduction in their usual mental health care services, as a result of changes that have been made to support the pandemic.

 

The support line, which will initially be available between the hours of 9am – midnight every day of the week can be contacted on 0300 790 0596.

 

The Trust is sharing further details of the new support line and how it can be accessed by those in our services.

 

We would be grateful if you could please share the details of this new support line your family and friends. For more information about the support line and wider information about our services at this time, please visit the Trust’s website at www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

As always, this Trust service is only possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of our workforce. Members of ‘Team Derbyshire Healthcare’ have demonstrated exceptional resilience and commitment over recent weeks, with many of them adapting to new ways of working and volunteering to work in different teams and services as the need arises.

 

I hope you and your family and friends are bearing up at this challenging time.

 

Kind regards

 

Ifti Majid

Chief Executive