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Message from C&I Medical Director, Dr Vincent Kirchner

Dear All
I know this is a very difficult time for all our service users and that you will be worried about your own safety and that of the ones you love.
I want to reassure you that we are working hard to protect all our communities. We have been putting measures in place for service users, carers and staff so that we can continue to run our services as normally as possible. 
Where appropriate, telephone or video consultations are being offered so that people do not have to meet face-to-face to get care. Putting these measures in place has taken a little time, so thank you for your patience.
Please see the news item on the Trust website for the latest information on how our services are affected. This is being updated regularly. 
The World Health Organisation has issued advice for anyone feeling anxious about the effect of the virus. It suggests you try to eat and sleep well, take part in physical activity, stay in contact with loved ones and avoid using alcohol and drugs as coping mechanisms.
There is also advice that suggests that you limit the amount of news that you watch or read and that, if isolated, you keep in regular contact with friends and family using the phone, messaging or video technology.
You may also find it useful to read these tips on beating anxiety about coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, from the Mental Health Foundation and the mental health charity Mind.
If you do want to get more advice about the virus, use a reliable and up-to-date source such as the NHS website.
If you have any specific questions about what all this means for you, please get in touch with your usual contact at the Trust who will know best about your care plan.
The situation regarding coronavirus is changing rapidly and we will continue to do all we can to help our service users through this challenging period. Please help us, and yourselves, by looking after each other and those around you. 
Best wishes
Dr Vincent Kirchner
Medical Director

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