Domestic abuse helpline extended to offer round the clock support in Suffolk

Suffolk County Council working with Anglia Care Trust has today <Friday 22 May> extended its Domestic Abuse Helpline to offer 24-hour support and is urging anyone experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse to make contact, when safe to do so.

With lockdown measures still in place, it is important that those who may find themselves at risk of abuse at home can access the right support at whatever time they need. The existing Domestic Abuse Outreach Service has therefore extended its 0800 977 5690 freephone number to be available 24hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone with concerns including professionals who may be supporting clients, as well as friends and families who are concerned for loved ones, can access this local support.

Hospitals in Norfolk and Waveney working to treat more patients

The three hospitals in Norfolk and Waveney are working to restore some of their services, which were paused because of coronavirus.

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn (QEH) have continued to treat people with life-threatening conditions such as cancer or cardiac conditions and emergency situations such as stroke or accidents.

NHS services open for May bank holiday

People in Norfolk and Waveney are reminded that a variety of NHS services will be open over the bank holiday weekend including NHS 111, the minor injuries unit in Cromer, and the Norwich walk-in centre, which will continue to support patients. A number of pharmacies across the area will also be open on the day.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, local GP and Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We thank the public for their support during the coronavirus pandemic and urge you to access health services if you need them. If you or a family member experience coronavirus symptoms, please access NHS services online or via the phone.”

Local organisations deliver PPE to GP surgeries across Norfolk and Waveney

Local charity Norwich Door to Door has stepped in to deliver vital PPE supplies to GP practices across Norfolk and Waveney.

With a reduced need to travel in the current climate the charity has turned its hand to helping the community in other ways by providing volunteers and vehicles to deliver PPE to frontline staff during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. They join a growing army of local volunteers and organisation who have donated their time and resources to help get supplies to those who need it.