• Dying for a dip? Every year people drown in our rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs. No lifeguard, no swimming #BeWaterAware #Safe4Spring
• It may be getting warmer but our rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs are dangerously cold. Never swim in open water #BeWaterAware #Safe4Spring
• Even the strongest swimmers lose their lives in open water – see Dylan’s story here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEYeryd9IrU #BeWaterAware #Safe4Spring
• Stay out of the water. Cold water shock kills even the strongest of swimmers. Please wait for the leisure centres to open #BeWaterAware #Safe4Spring
• Enjoy the outdoors safely and NEVER enter open water for any reason. There are hidden dangers beneath the surface. Protect yourself and help protect our NHS #BeWaterAware #Safe4Spring
• Parents please teach your children about the dangers of open water swimming and visit https://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/staying-safe/what-we-do/seasonal-safety/water-safety-advice/ #Safe4Spring
SEND and Health-Important Contact Numbers
Salford Contacts for SEND health queries during the COVID 19 Pandemic
The numbers below are available Monday – Friday during office hours and are for quick and easy access to health professionals where there are urgent queries about a child or young person with special educational needs.
For general health queries:
• Parents are still advised to seek advice from their GP. They are able to give advice via telephone and arrange face to face appointments where these are needed.
• When you child is ill or injured it is very difficult to decide who you should contact to get help. During the current situation and while the government is asking everyone to stay at home the guidance at the end of this message may help you
For Medical queries
• A Paediatrician is available on 0161 206 0253
• Urgent new referrals will be dealt with as normal and discussed via the telephone or seen face to face if this is needed.
• Existing appointments have been converted to telephone appointments and parents notified of this by letter
• Review appointments will still happen but may be delayed
• If a child is awaiting a review appointment and there is concern which is urgent and cannot wait, then please contact the above number
For Therapy queries
Speech &Language Therapy
• A Speech and Language therapist is available on 0161 206 2509 or via the Speak Up Salford website https://www.speakupsalford.nhs.uk/
• Urgent feeding referrals will be managed as usual and discussed via the telephone in the first instance. If a face to face appointment is needed this will take place at Pendleton Gateway or within the home setting if no family members are showing symptoms of covid-19. Please note that therapy staff will be wearing protective equipment.
• We are not currently accepting any new referrals for communication difficulties, but we can give advice if you contact us on the helpline above
• All existing appointments have been converted to telephone appointments and parents will be notified of this by letter
• For children on our caseload with EHCPs and/or were already receiving regular therapy we will try and make contact with you to talk parents through a home therapy plan.
• The SLT team are also exploring ways to use video calling and video advice clips to provide more support to families at home.
Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
• A physiotherapist / Occupational therapist is available on 0161 607 1448
• The service will ensure that as much of a child’s postural management equipment is available at home as possible
• All caseload children will be provided with an updated at home therapy plan to help parents/carers to continue to support their child A member of the team will be available over the phone to support families with any concerns about a child’s therapy or the equipment. If it is identified that a home visit is needed to review equipment, then this will be offered as long as there is no one in the family home that are showing symptoms of coronavirus. We may also contact families over the phone to carry out review
• All children who had an appointment in a clinic will be telephoned within a week of that appointment to be reviewed over the phone. If the therapist needs to see your child, you will be invited to a face to face appointment at either Pendleton or Swinton Gateway.
• The team are exploring ways to use video calling to provide more support to families at home.
• The team are still accepting referrals. Urgent referrals will be contacted by phone for an initial assessment. Routine referrals will be allocated a telephone clinic appointment in line with our usual waiting times. A letter will be sent about this appointment.
For Mental Health queries
CAMHS is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and can be contacted on the following telephone numbers:
• Salford CAMHS Tel: 0161 518 5499
• CAMHS 16/17 Service( Emerge ) Tel: 0161 226 7457
• New Referrals are being received as usual will be reviewed by a clinician who will decide if CAMHS is the right service for you. If so, we will ring you to discuss your worries and make a plan with you.
• If you are already a CAMHS patient your named worker will keep in touch by telephone with in the next 4 weeks. Some young people may need to continue to be seen face to face in CAMHS, we will be in touch to arrange this.
• CAMHS continues to support our local hospitals and young people who are in crisis and require urgent appointments.
• CAMHS have a daily duty worker available to offer advice and support to families, carers and young people and professionals
• This website contains lots of useful information:
Salford's Information and resources for parents and carers
Salford have put together some useful information for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. From talking to children about coronavirus and dealing with anxiety, to tips on home schooling and fun things to do at home, go to https://www.salford.gov.uk/cvinfoforparents.
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GMP/Community Safety Partnership
The following message has been shared on behalf of GMP/Community Safety Partnership
We are all working together to support our fellow Mancunians at this time. We ask children and young people to stay safe by observing the guidance that has been shared on reducing social interaction whilst they are not in school:
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport,
3. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces
4. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
There will be a greater police presence in the city to provide reassurance and to help keep all our citizens safe.
Citizens Advice News
Support for Local Families
The Energise Centre: As of tomorrow will be providing a daily fruit and veg service. Bags can be purchased from the foyer at £1 per bag (while stocks last). 0161 212 5700, Energise Centre, 3 Douglas Green, Charlestown, Salford, M6 6ES
Support for Local Families
The Launch Project: Doing emergency packs for people self-isolating or finding it hard to get out 0161 883 3192
Salford Assist: People in crisis who don’t have money for food or heating call 0800 694 3695
Costcutter Eccles: Offering free delivery for elderly and vulnerable 07958241154/ 07544371341
The Tatton: Ordsall Café. Hold the bread and butter project. Family Shopping from £7 0161 872 6011 (see my previous newsletter for more info)
Go Local Whit Lane: Offering basic living packages to the elderly of Whit Lane and surrounding area. A bottle of milk, bread, toilet roll and a bottle of water. Delivered for free. 07494522674
Iceland Salford Precinct: Open for over 65’s 9-11 on a Wednesday
If you are down to £4 on your gas and electric pay and go. You can phone your provider and ask for a fuel voucher. You can do this twice a year and don’t have to pay it back. £40 credit will be given to you.
If you can’t get baby formula, if you ring your local pharmacy they should be able to order you some. Or if you look on the back of the baby formula tin some have helpline numbers and they should be able to deliver some to you.