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Covid-19 Update


Face Coverings

From 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.
 
A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head. It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

New measures to increase services
Our staff have been working hard to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and ensure the safety and quality of our services for all patients.
 
Just like the rest of the NHS, our number one priority for the last few months has been ensuring that all those who need urgent care - not just those with coronavirus - have been able to get it when they need it.  Combined with the need to avoid unnecessary contact to reduce the spread of the virus, this has meant that some non-urgent appointments may have been postponed, and others delivered differently using technology.
 
We are now preparing to gradually increase some important face-to-face services, but only where this can be done safely - the virus is still circulating and we don’t want to put our patients, the public or our staff at greater risk.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.
 

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Mental health and MSK health

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Anxiety and MSK health

Anxiety is a term used to describe a feeling of worry, apprehension or fear. Usually, when someone is anxious, they will experience emotional and physical symptoms such as a fast heart beat or even panic attacks. Anxiety can be linked to musculoskeletal health because pain can be a source of anxiety. This is particularly the case when the reason for pain symptoms are poorly understood, or when a person feels overwhelmed or unable to cope with pain.

Anxiety related to musculoskeletal pain can be reduced through understanding the cause of your pain and establishing a sense of control over your symptoms. The resources on this website are designed to inform you about common musculoskeletal problems and the self-help solutions available and may go some way towards this goal. If you would prefer to see us on a one to one basis please speak to your GP about a referral.

As with stress, it is really important to understand the relationship between your anxiety and your musculoskeletal pain and where possible try and deal with both symptoms together. The MIND website provides a wealth of information on self-help strategies for anxiety.

Cardiovascular exercise is known to reduce the symptoms of anxiety as well as being beneficial to your musculoskeletal health. Staying active is therefore a brilliant strategy for managing both things simultaneously.

 

 

For more information on pacing your activity, and staying active with musculoskeletal pain, click here.

 

Relaxation is also a useful non medical treatment for anxiety.

You can access the Laura Mitchell relaxation technique here:

 

 

A written guide is available here.