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Help in a crisis

 

If there is an immediate danger to life, please dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.

I am in Gloucestershire

If you or someone you know needs help in a mental health crisis, call our crisis teams.

Call 0800 169 0398.

And choose one of the following options depending on your location:

  • Option 1 for Stroud and Cotswolds
  • Option 2 for Gloucester and Forest
  • Option 3 for Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds

Please note: telephone calls may be recorded. If you do not want that to happen, please tell the person who answers your call and they will phone you back on a ‘non-recordable’ telephone.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasionally, callers may be asked to leave their name and number on an answerphone. In these circumstances, staff will return the call within one hour.

I am in Herefordshire

If you are in Herefordshire, please call: 01432 364046

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help but are not in crisis, please contact your GP if in opening hours, or 111. If you don’t have a GP use the NHS service search to locate the nearest one to you. If your query is not urgent, you can find our contact details here.

Are you feeling vulnerable? Do you need to talk to somebody now?

samaritans

Call free on 116 123
If you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide, you can call the Samaritans.

Stay Alive App

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information and tools to help you stay safe in crisis. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app can be accessed through the Apple Store, Google Play and downloaded as a pdf.

childline

Call free on 0800 11 11
If you are a child or a young person you may want to speak to Childline.

selfharm

Call 0808 816 0606
A safe, supportive, non-judgmental and informative service for people who self harm, their friends, families and carers.

Studies have shown that the use of sip feeds can be beneficial in malnourished individuals. As part of Nutrition and Hydration Week, specialist dietitian Carly Atkinson has shared more information around this topic, including ways to ensure that the benefits of the feeds are felt.

The studies illustrate that use of sip feeds in malnourished individuals has the potential to reduce mortality, length of hospital stay and fatigue and increase immunity, cognitive function and improve wound healing.

However, they are only clinically beneficial if they are drunk!

Reports suggest an average compliance rate of 78% (range 37-100%), with better figures seen in community settings compared with hospitals.

If you, or someone you care for, is prescribed these, there are ways you can help them to be taken and enjoyed, and that the benefits are realised:

  • Sweet flavoured sip feeds taste best served straight from the fridge
  • Fruit juice style sip feeds (fortijuice) can be frozen into ice cubes or ice lollies. They can also be diluted with a little soda water or lemonade
  • Milkshake style sip feeds can be frozen to make ice cream
  • Vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavour sip feeds can be heated and are nice mixed with hot chocolate
  • Neutral sip feeds can be diluted with a little milk and used in place of milk on cereal or in porridge, or stirred directly into custard, rice pudding, mashed potato, creamy soups or used to make scrambled eggs
  • If the patient doesn’t like sweet drinks, yogurt-style or savoury supplements can be trialled to see if these are preferred
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