Infection Control for Injecting Drug Users January 2019

January 24th, 2019 by

PHE and Health Protection, Cornwall and Plymouth have issued the following notice:-

  • During 2018, we have received reports of invasive injection site infections from across the South West.  This has included an outbreak of iGAS and most recently two cases of rare Fusobacterium gonidiaformans.
  • Once individuals become infected their health can rapidly deteriorate particularly within the most vulnerable segments of this population, where the consequences can be life-threatening.
  • It is imperative that anyone working with injecting drug users delivers the full range of harm reduction information and advice  – particularly around the risks of injecting site infections.
  • Some drug users lick their needles after injecting believing that this sterilises. This increases risk, due to germs we all carry in the mouth that once they enter the bloodstream of injectors, become a new threat. Please reiterate that this is not a safe practice.
  • Encourage and facilitate users with signs of infection (attached) to get prompt medical attention.
  • Needle Exchange remains a critical component of the care pathway, and is an evidence based intervention supported by NICE and the UK clinical guidelines for substance misuse. Please do everything you can to support people to be aware of the risks of sharing or reusing equipment and to use new equipment every time.

A poster detailing key advice on safe injecting and infection control. Safe_injecting_poster

Hand washing video from Harm Reduction Works

Cleaning works: how to clean a used syringe Harm Reduction Works Video

 

Harm Reduction Works injecting and infections leaflet

 

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Cornwall Diversity Food Festival

November 9th, 2018 by

It’s time to celebrate food! Come along to the Cornwall Diversity Food Festival at New County Hall on 17th November.

From 11am the event will be open for people of all ages to enjoy and celebrate cultures and food from around the world. Find out more about this event from the poster attached.

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Reclaim the Night Cornwall – 01 December 2018

November 8th, 2018 by

01 December 2018 17:00 ~ Reclaim the Night Cornwall –

Reclaim the Night Cornwall is on Saturday 1st December, starting at 5pm at Truro Cathedral.

Candlelit vigil to honour women whose lives have been ended by male violence, followed by a march to demand safer streets and an end to violence against women.

16 days of Action from 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

17:00 – Assemble at Truro Cathedral
17:15 – Candlelit vigial and choir (All welcome)
18:15 – March (Women only)
19:30 – End

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Chimney fire

October 3rd, 2018 by

Chimney Fire

A crew of six firefighters from Lostwithiel Community Fire Station were mobilised to a chimney fire on the evening of Monday 2 October within the town. After investigating they found the remains of a birds nest halfway up the chimney breast. Please can we ask you to endure your chimney is cleaned after the summer months ahead of the winter.

Thankfully this incident was contained but so often these types of incidents can escalate.

The following link contains safety advice: https://bit.ly/2fDP8rc

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Cornwall Faith Response Team Re-launch

October 3rd, 2018 by

Cornwall Council has had a Faith Response Team (CFRT) for several years but has now been re-launched, equipped, trained & prepared to respond effectively as required anywhere in Cornwall. People involved with or affected by an emergency may require pastoral, spiritual & practical support, especially where they are suffering through pain, sorrow, trauma, severe injury, loss of property or possessions or where people are missing.

Our Resilience & Emergency Management team recognises that such support can be provided by suitably trained volunteers, and now the team has been re-launched, equipped, trained and prepared to respond effectively as required anywhere in Cornwall.

The team will be mobilised if the Resilience & Emergency Management team become aware of an incident where such support is or may be required. The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Spiritual & Pastoral Care Team will contact the necessary CFRT members & request their attendance at the incident location as required.

The training being provided to team members includes information about what to expect at such incident scenes, recognition of personal confidence, capabilities and limitations, understanding the various types of incident scenes, shelters and reception centres where they may need to interact with affected people and how they may support them.

Members of the CFRT are drawn from a wide range of faiths & beliefs including Christian, Judaism, Pagan and others. It is important to recognise the ecumenical strength of the team but they will provide support to anyone needing it.

Cornwall Council’s Senior Resilience Officer, Martin Rawling said: “I am humbled by the willingness of our volunteers to step into the unknown and support their fellow beings in such circumstances of terror, loss and suffering. We are grateful to our volunteers for committing to this task and I sincerely hope that we never have to call on their support; but I am absolutely confident that they will respond appropriately when asked.
“Bringing the team together, working on the procedures for the group and co-ordinating the team and their training has fallen to a handful of the volunteers themselves who have stepped forward to become the management group. The residents and visitors to Cornwall are right to be proud of this commitment and the work they have undertaken on our behalf.”

The re-launch took place on 17 September

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National Burn Awareness Day

September 27th, 2018 by

National Burn Awareness Day 2018

17 October.

A burn injury is for life. The scars are physical as well as psychological, and can present life-long challenges for the individual and their families.  What many people don’t know is that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable, and the majority of injuries occur as a result of an accident that could so easily have been prevented.

In 2017, 7,502 children were burned or scalded. Hot drinks are the most common cause of scald injury in children – followed by contact with electric cookers, irons and hair straighteners.

First Aid

Treat burns with cold running water for 20 minutesGood first aid following a burn or scald can make an enormous difference in recovery times and the severity of scarring.

Two important things to remember are:

Cool, Call, Cover

  1. Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery (unless it is melted or firmly stuck to the wound)
  2. Call for help – 999, 111 or local GP for advice
  3. Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm

Stop, Drop, roll

“Stop, drop and roll” is used when clothing catches fire. Children can get confused about when to stop, drop and roll. It is important to know when to do this. Children who do not have a good understanding of stop, drop and roll will sometimes do this if they burn a finger or need to get outside if the smoke alarm sounds. Only use stop, drop and roll when clothing catches fire.

Find out more how to prevent burns HERE

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Drink Spiking

September 25th, 2018 by

How to stay alert, and how to respond:

As reported widely in the local and national media, a drink spiking incident in Falmouth is now being investigated by The Police.

If you become aware of such an incident, please follow this advice given by Devon and Cornwall Police, and take these actions swiftly:

“Report it to the police as soon as you can. They will need to take blood and urine samples. Most drugs leave the body within 72 hours of being taken, but some can be gone in 12 hours so it’s important to be tested as soon as possible.

If you have been sexually assaulted, even if you are too upset to report it to the police immediately, you should try to seek medical assistance if you have been hurt or injured. Any forensic evidence obtained during tests can be stored.”

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-community/drugs-and-alcohol/alcohol/drink-spiking/

“If you begin to feel really drunk after only a couple of drinks, get help from a trusted friend or a member of staff from the club or pub management.

Stay away from situations that you do not feel comfortable with.

Remember that alcohol can affect your actions and reactions as well as reduce your ability to be alert – alcohol is the most common date rape drug.

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-personal-safety/staying-safe-while-out-for-the-night/

Please be alert, enjoy Cornwall safely, and report anything that concerns you to The Police.

Who to call for help:

Police:

Call 999

If you are in danger, please dial 999 immediately or 101 in a non-emergency.

If you ring 999 but can’t talk, make sure the Police know you are there by coughing or tapping the handset, or by dialling 55.

Cornwall Reach Hub

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Helpline:

0300 777 4777  

 

 

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Mental health service maps

September 21st, 2018 by

“Research by Safer Cornwall in 2016 showed a need for a clear guide about referring individuals to mental health services.  These maps were developed in order to assist Safer Cornwall services when making referrals or signposting individuals to mental health services in Cornwall.

These maps show:

  • Primary and secondary mental healthcare services including which conditions they treat and how to contact them
  • Details of other community mental health services including services for veterans
  • Details of specialist community safety services for drug and alcohol misuse and domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • A mini guide of what a good quality referral to mental health services should include.

The maps have been tested by service representatives and are now available to be shared within and across services in Cornwall.  These maps will be updated periodically as service delivery changes but please contact us if you notice any content which needs changing.”

To view the Service Maps click below

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100 days, 100 ways

August 23rd, 2018 by

100 days, 100 ways asks people to support First Light by raising £100 between 25 August and 2 December (100 days).  Inspired by 2018 being the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote in Britain, the campaign concludes with Domestic Abuse Awareness Week (25 November – 2 December) and aims to encourage as many people as possible to think of fun, original ways to fundraise or challenge themselves to achieve a personal goal.

We’re asking donors to sign-up through the following weblink (http://www.100days100ways.org/) where they can request a fundraising pack

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Police warning over substance abuse – Two girls hospitalised

August 1st, 2018 by

Police warning over substance abuse

Detectives in Bodmin are currently investigating an incident which left two teenagers needing medical assistance following suspected substance abuse in Bodmin.

Officers were notified at about 11:00pm Sunday 29 July to reports of two teenage girls who had taken an unknown substance and became very unwell as a result.

The girls, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, were both taken to Treliske Hospital where their condition was stabilised. The 16-year-old girl was later released from hospital, the 17-year-old girl is currently recovering in hospital.

DC Andy Petherick said: “The substance that these girls are believed to have taken came in the form of yellow tablets which were in the shape of a shield with ‘EA7’ written on them, similar to the one pictured.

“We are urging young people to stay away from substances. You do not know what is in them or how strong the drug may be or how your body will react to them.”

Anybody with information about this incident are asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 and quote log number 989 29/07/2018

 

 

 

https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/News/NewsArticle.aspx?id=e5f87eac-1c6f-49ca-ba0f-f71f9de860f8

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