New resources launched to help children and young people across North Yorkshire access mental health support

NHS North Yorkshire CCG and North Yorkshire County Council have launched a new pool of resources developed with partners to help children and young people and their parents, carers and professionals access mental health support in North Yorkshire. The new suite of resources has been developed in partnership with professionals, children and young people ahead…

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Monkeypox patient information published by UK Health Security Agency

The UK Health Security Agency has published patient information about the monkeypox virus. It can be found here. Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. While there are now a number of cases in the UK, it does not spread easily between people.

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Health and care leaders in North Yorkshire and York prepare for the winter season

Health and care partners in North Yorkshire and York are working closely together to ensure local services are well prepared for the winter season – and patients can continue accessing help when they need it. The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has meant that there have been changes to the way health and care services are being…

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Cancer Advice Line for Harrogate patients

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust have launched a Cancer Advice Line for cancer patients in Harrogate and their families and carers. This advisory line signposts callers to specific information and address queries. It is staffed on a rota basis by administrative and nursing staff so that it has…

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New programme launched to prevent abusive head trauma injuries to babies

On 8 November, the Designated Nurses team  in North Yorkshire and York launched a new innovative programme to prevent abusive head trauma injuries to babies caused by shaking. ‘ICON – Babies Cry, You can Cope’ (ICON) is an evidenced-based programme designed to help parents and carers understand the normal crying pattern of young infants and to help them develop successful coping mechanisms.
The ICON programme has been initially funded by the four North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and delivers four simple messages before the birth and in the first few months of a baby’s life which will be communicated by Midwifery and Health Visitor services :

I – Infant crying is normal;

C –Comforting methods can help;

O – It’s OK to walk away;

N – Never, ever shake a baby.

These ICON messages have been demonstrated to help parents and carers manage the stresses which can be caused by normal infant crying. Midwives, Health Visitors and other professionals across  the region have developed ICON expertise to help give parents and carers the tools they need to help keep their babies safe. They have also produced an information graphic around infant crying which can be found here.

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