You have a health assessment so that we can find out any medical issues that you may need help with, these may include physical or emotional health needs?
It’s really important that you have these assessments so that any problems can be picked up early and we can help you with them.
You will have an Initial Health Assessment when you first become Looked After and this will be carried out by a qualified Health Professional. You will then have Review Health Assessments every 12 months and these are normally carried out by the Specialist Nurse for children and young people in care, or another qualified Health Professional. The Specialist Nurse can be contacted via your Social Worker if you want to speak to or see them between appointments.
Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not exercising and not eating enough fruits and vegetables can impact on your health and life expectancy.
Looking after your mental and physical wellbeing can reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health and wellbeing. Making just a few simple changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer.
For further information on how, access the NHS websites below.
You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
You’re also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner – including civil partner – receive, or you’re under the age of 20 and the dependant of someone receiving:
These are just some of the criteria. See the website below for further information.
Register with a GP
GPs deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.
You have the legal right to choose a GP practice that best suits your needs. The GP practice must accept you, unless there are reasonable grounds to refuse you.
You will have to formally register with the GP Practice as an NHS patient submitting a registration form to them. The GMS1 form is available in the practice. Forms may vary slightly and some practices use their own version.
When you have completed and returned the form, NHS England will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration as a patient with that practice.
Register with a dentist
There is no need to register with a dentist in the same way as with a GP because you are not bound to a catchment area. Simply find a dental practice that’s convenient for you, whether it’s near your home or work, and phone them to see if there are any appointments available.
Register with an optician
Please speak to your Personal Advisor or complete an internet search for Opticians in your area, find one that is convenient for you, whether it’s near your home or work, and phone them to see if they have any appointments available.
A Health Passport will be given to you by the Looked after Children and Young People’s Health Team (Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust NHS) at your final Health Assessment, or by the Leaving Care Services when you turn 18. This will contain information regarding your immunisation status, any key information in relation to your health and any ongoing current health needs.
This Passport is an easy to reference record of your medical and health care history. It is designed to help you keep track and take control of your health into adulthood.
Sexual Health Services
The Garden Clinic provides a free, confidential, non-judgemental integrated Sexual Health Service in Slough, Bracknell and Maidenhead.
Anyone who wants help and advice for matters related to Sexual Health can access the service and there are also clinics for young people aged 18 and under.
You can access the Garden Clinic at one of these three locations:
Garden Clinic: Skimped Hill Health Centre
Opening Times –
Monday 11am – 7pm appointments only.
Thursday 10am – 2pm appointments only.
Thursday 3.30pm- 5.30pm SpeakEasy clinic for those aged 18 and under. Appointments are not necessary for this clinic – you can just walk-in.
Skimped Hill Health Centre Skimped Hill Lane Bracknell Berkshire RG12 1LH
Garden Clinic: St Mark’s Hospital Community Health Clinic
Garden Clinic: Upton Hospital
You can find the full opening times and contact details for these locations here:
Bracknell Urgent Care Centre – Use the Bracknell Urgent Care Centre (BUCC) if you need medical treatment or advice which does not need a visit to A&E.
Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace, Eastern Gate, Brants Bridge, Bracknell, Berkshire,
Tel: 01344 551100
Drug and Alcohol Services
New Hope Units 16/17 Market Street Bracknell Berkshire RG12 1JG
Children’s centres provide activities for under 5s and support and information for their families.
Help with childcare –
For more information – https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) online resource. The new BHFT On-Line Resource has been designed and created alongside service users, parents, carers and fellow professionals in education and healthcare. It aims to address key questions asked by service users, providing them with the tools and information they require to self-manage in the community, alongside clear advice on when to seek further help and signposting to the best place to find it.
CAMH’s to Adult Services
Young people, who receive social care, often still need support when they turn 18 and may be required to transition into adult services. Your Social Worker and Leaving Care Worker will help support this process to ensure ongoing services that are required are put in place.
Youth Line – Young People’s Counselling Service
Coopers Hill Centre
Calm Harm: Support with self-harm
DIRECTORY OF LOCAL AND NATIONAL ADVICE AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Local Organisation Contact details:
Our Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) works with young people who are experiencing significant, severe and complex difficulties with their mental health.
These difficulties range from feeling low a lot of the time and worrying about lots of things to finding and fitting in with friends, hearing voices, having significant difficulties around eating, self-harming and even considering killing themselves.
If you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, phobias and other mental health problems, talking therapies can help you through different types of talking therapy. To access the service, you can self-refer or ask your healthcare professional (e.g . GP) to refer you.
Telephone: 0300 365 2000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young people with long term health conditions or disabilities may still need support when they turn 18. Your Social Worker and Leaving Care Worker with the help of health professionals will help support this process to ensure ongoing services that are required are put in place.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone is there to help.
It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
Do you need urgent mental health help now?
See your GP if:
You’ve been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks.
Your anxiety is affecting your daily life.
If you want to talk to someone right away, the mental health helpline.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/ page has a list of organisations you can call for immediate help.
The Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence. Call 116 123 (free). https://www.samaritans.org
If you’ve had thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal, contact someone you can trust immediately, such as your GP, or a friend or relative.
Berkshire CAMHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
These difficulties range from feeling low a lot of the time and worrying about lots of things to finding and fitting in with friends, hearing voices, having significant difficulties around eating, self-harming and even considering killing themselves
Talking Therapies Berkshire
If you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, phobias and other mental health problems, talking therapies can help you through different types of talking therapy. To access the service, you can self-refer or ask your healthcare professional (E.g GP) to refer you.