The Datchet Health Centre recognises that many organisations, local and national, have a vital role to play in supporting the wellbeing of our patients. We wish to build relationships with these groups and to raise awareness of them among our patients. This is a new initiative that we hope will grow over time. Our initial focus is on the following areas:
Support for Carers
Our aim is to raise awareness among carers (by which we mean unpaid carers for family and friends) of the support that is available to them. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead website has a helpful section for carers. The Berkshire Carers Service website can be reached by clicking here. Targeted support is also available for young carers, provided by Family Action RBWM Young Carers Service. They are able to offer respite activities, assessments and one-to-one support for young carers. For more information, please call 01628 626911.
We were delighted to have been approached by the Samaritans Slough Windsor and Maidenhead branch and they have now set up a dedicated support service for patients of The Datchet Health Centre. This is for anyone who would benefit from the opportunity to share their feelings (only one in five of the callers to the Samaritans are suicidal). The scheme started in June. You can ask a doctor or nurse to refer you to the Samaritans. Your phone number, name and preferred time to be called will then be shared with the Samaritans and they will give you a call. They will not receive any other information from us. This is a local service but please note that you can always phone the Samaritans national helpline any time of night or day on 08457 909090.
Friends in Need
Friends in Need is a supportive community for people affected by depression. You can connect with people - share experiences - discover new paths to wellbeing - meet up and take part in activities. Find out more and watch the video here at www.friendsinneed.co.uk
The practice is grateful for the support and advice of Diabetes UK as we look to set up a self-help or peer support group for people living with diabetes. In the next month or two, we hope to recruit one or more patients to help us to develop such a group. We hope that it will prove to be a valuable network to help you to manage your condition effectively.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has alerted us to these opportunities for jogging and walking football.