To support the preparations for Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made changes to the services we provide
The current situation is generating a lot of anxiety and we are doing all that we can to support those who are experiencing this.
We have set up a 24/7 urgent NHS mental health service providing telephone support, advice and triage. This service is available free from all phones to anyone of any age living in South Staffordshire. Call 0808 196 3002.
If you live in North Staffordhshire or Stoke-on-Trent, call 0300 123 0907.
Community Dental Service
The community dental service is providing urgent care only.
Urgent care is for patients suffering from swelling, bleeding, trauma and anyone who has taken the maximum pain relief in 24 hours.
The dental advice line 0300 123 0981 is accepting calls, triaging and forwarding them for an appointment if required.
We are also able to do telephone and video calls to patients who require triaging from a dentist.
NHS England & NHS Improvement has issued a letter to all NHS trusts that details the changes that need to be made to community services to support the COVID-19 preparedness and response.
Our clinicians have reviewed everyone who is currently receiving one of these services and you will be contacted to explain what this means for your care.
Please be reassured that these actions are designed to ensure that we can continue to provide health and care services to those who need it most.
Diabetes Services (Adults)
The Diabetes Services (Adults) team has added a range of COVID-19-related links and resources to its service web page. Click here to take you to the service page.
Eating Disorder Service (Adults)
Inpatient service (Kinver Unit)
We are still delivering inpatient services across our 12 bedded inpatient unit.
All new referrals for admissions will only be admitted if the patient is critical.
We are delivering significantly reduced services and all routine referrals / assessments are suspended.
Urgent referrals are being triaged by telephone and all patients are being risk assessed with telephone support or monitoring of weight and blood chemistry being provided as necessary.
Carer support groups have ceased, but additional telephone support will be offered if needed.
Forensic FIRST team
The team will pick up virtual new assessments if it is safe to do so to facilitate discharge from a secure unit/ prevent admission to a secure unit.
Forensic Inpatient Wards
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately had to temporarily put all visits to the wards on hold until further notice. Arrangements for virtual visits can be made available. Please contact the ward for further information.
Opening hours at the Walk-in Centre have been extended to 7am-9.30pm every day (previously open from 9am on weekends) following the temporary closure of the Minor Injuries Unit at Leek Moorlands Hospital.
The Emergency Department at Royal Stoke University Hospital will not be treating minor injuries in adults or children until further notice, in order to free up vital resources. During this time Haywood Hospital’s Walk-in Centre will be able to provide these essential services to the local community. Orthopaedic surgeons and emergency nurse practitioners from Royal Stoke are joining the Haywood team to provide an enhanced service.
IPOPS (musculoskeletal services) in Seisdon
This is service is only accepting urgent referrals for new patients, who will be offered a telephone consultation.
Learning Disability Services
Learning Disability services will largely consist of consultations and appointments via telephone.
Leek Moorlands Hospital
The Minor Injuries Unit is temporarily closed. The decision has been taken by the Trust in response to severe staffing shortages and low levels of attendance at the unit.
Liaison and Diversion
The Liaison and Diversion service will operate a reduced provision.
Liaison and Diversion will be offering a telephone custody service, custody police will call if they need support. Outreach staff will offer telephone support when the individual concerned is released into the community.
The children’s offender health service will not be operating, but for any concerns the Local Authority can call the Service Manager.
Rheumatology Centre (at Haywood Hospital)
Please click on this link to view Coronavirus advice and information for patients from the Rheumatology Centre at Haywood Hospital.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
Please note that IAPT services will be provided by telephone or online where possible.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
CAMHS East Staffordshire and West Staffordshire
The East Staffordshire and West Staffordshire CAMHS services are currently offering appointments virtually, with some face-to-face appointments being undertaken on a risk-based need.
CAMHS Early Years (South Staffordshire)
The service is currently offering appointments virtually, with some face-to-face appointments being undertaken where forumulation cannot be completed remotely or there is a risk-based need.
CAMHS Outreach (South Staffordshire)
Assessments and support are currently being provided virtually, with face-to-face appointments being undertaken where there is a risk of complexity or a virtual appointment is not suitable.
CAMHS Learning Disabilities (South Staffordshire)
The service is currently offering appointments virtually, with some face-to-face appointments being undertaken on a risk-based need.
Children and Young People’s Autism Service
Assessments and interventions are being provided either by telephone or online until further notice and the service will continue to contact families to notify them of appointments.
Children's Community Audiology
The service is closed until further notice and all appointments have been cancelled.
Information for referrers
The service is still accepting referrals to our service. Patients will be placed on a waiting list and will receive an appointment in due course. Referrals can be emailed to:
Information for parents
If you are awaiting an Audiology appointment and are concerned regarding your child’s hearing, we are able to offer some advice via email. Please email:
Dietetic services have been stood down in line with national guidance.
Initial and follow up appointments are being offered via telephone.
Eating Disorder Service (Children)
The service is currently providing appointments virtually, with face-to-face appointments being undertaken where where forumulation cannot be completed remotely or there is a risk based need.
Health Visiting and School Nursing
All well baby clinic, groups and drop-ins are currently closed. Your local Hub is available for advice and support:
East Hub (covering East Staffs, Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley & Tamworth)
Tel: 0300 303 3924
West Hub (covering Moorlands, Newcastle, Seisdon, Stafford & Stone)
Tel: 0300 303 3923
Chat Health text messaging service (Staffordshire)
Parents/carers text 07520 615722
For young people living in Staffordshire, text 07520 615721
Chat Health text messaging service (Stoke-on-Trent)
For young people living in Stoke-on-Trent, text 07520 615723
Health Visiting (Stoke-on-Trent)
This service was stood down in line with national guidance. New birth visits and developmental reviews are being resumed during July.
Community Paediatric Services
This service is currently only providing continuation of appointments for initial health assessments, child protection medicals, medication reviews and urgent referrals taking place. Activity includes prioritising assessments for under-5s, follow up reviews for children not on medication, virtual group work and training for parents.
Paediatric Physiotherapy Service
This service is currently providing initial assessments - these are being held virtually with additional face-to-face appointments if required.
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service
This service is currently providing dysphagia assessment and intervention. Communication assessment and intervention is being offered virtually with some face-to-face appointments being offered as required.
Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service
Appointments are being offered virtually with some face-to-face appointments as necessary.
Perinatal Community Service
Appointments are currently being offered virtually with some face-to-face appointments being undertaken.
Initial and follow up appointments are currently being offered via telephone.
School Age Immunisation Service
The service is providing drive-through immunisation clinics on the St George’s Hospital site in Stafford from Monday to Friday between 2-6pm until the end of August to ensure young people are continuing to receive vaccinations during COVID-19.
The service will focus on providing vaccinations for the following school-age children across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent:
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) immunisations for Year 8 and 9 students and ‘catch ups’ for Year 10 and 11
- Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) ‘catch up’ vaccinations for Year 8, 9 and 10
An appointment will need to be booked in advance by calling the team on 0300 124 0366 (available between 8am-4pm on weekdays).
Those arriving on site for their allotted appointment time will be met by a member of the team, who will be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and will administer the vaccinations through the vehicle’s open window.