Getting a GP

Getting a GP

To be seen by a GP you have to register with their practice.
You can get a list of GPs in Wolverhampton from:

Wolverhampton CCG

You can call them for a list on 01902 444878.
Or you can find out where there are GP surgeries near you that are accepting new NHS patients on the NHS website>

A surgery may refuse to accept you as a patient, if you do not live in their area, or if they have closed their list of patients.
Where a surgery does refuse to accept you, they must have reasonable grounds for doing so, which do not relate to race, gender, gender identity, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, disability or medical condition, and they have to give you their reasons in writing.

Changing your GP

You have the right to change your Doctor without giving a reason.
However, you may find it difficult to find a new doctor, because many have a full list of patients, and may not be taking on new patients.
You should notify your old surgery when you have registered with a new one. The process is the same as above.

Health & Fitness

Health & Fitness

 Many disabled people find it difficult to maintain their fitness because of impairment related reasons, or because many exercise or healthy eating regimes do not allow for their impairment.
You can download a free gentle exercise programme from One Voice called Chairobics: http://1voice.org.uk/downloads.htm or come to one of our meetings.
Many organisations now do regular accompanied walks, including One Voice,
Healthy Living organised through the adult college runs a range of exercise classes for mixed groups from gentle movement to energetic.
Telephone 01902 558143

Walking for Health in Wolverhampton has over 25 walks a year in different areas of the city.
Contact Barbara Howells, WFH in Wolverhampton, West Park Hospital, Park Road West, Wolverhampton, WV1 4PW

Telephone: 01902 444601
Email: walkingforhealth@wolvespct.nhs.uk

http://www.wolvespct.nhs.uk/WFH.asp

Next Step One Voice runs a website with lots of information and advice on healthy eating, recipes, exercise, and health and wellbeing events.

You can visit here>

Flourish2bu is a programme running in Wolverhampton, aimed at providing exercise opportunities for disabled people in the city, to try and cut down obesity levels. They run a variety of programmes.

Blakenhall Community and Healthy Living Centre runs a free gym on Tuesday evenings between 5-7pm.

Vijay, the instructor there will do an induction for you, free of charge.

Telephone 01902 555460

 

http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/leisure_culture/sports/facilities/centres/blakenhall/fituness_suite.htm

 

Bus routes number 1 and 713 are the nearest routes to the centre.

 

Easy Line Gyms are based in community centres around Wolverhampton, and offer a range of equipment which together will give you a complete cardio vascular workout, in a friendly atmosphere. It costs between £1.50 and £1.70  per 1 hour session. In addition some of the centres charge an annual fee of £1-£2.
Sessions take place at Ashmore Park Community Centre, Blakenhall community and Healthy Living Centre, Dunstall Hill Community Centre, Eastfield Community Centre, Lower Bradley Community Centre, and Low Hill Community Centre.

 

Session times vary according to the centre.

 

For specific information contact Jenine Hadley on 01902 552144

 

Or go to

http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/community_living/centres/Easyline+Gym.htm

 

for contact details for the individual centres.

 

 

Family & Parenthood

Family & Parenthood

Family and parenthood

Disabled Parents Network
The Disabled Parents Network (DPN) is a national organisation of and for disabled people who are parents or who hope to become parents, and their families, friends and supporters

They offer leaflets and information on a wide variety of issues such as involvement in your child’s schooling, getting a community care assessment, and setting up a support group.
They also have many online forums where disabled parents or would-be parents can advise each other on topics like welfare benefits, fertility, childcare fees, schools, social services, gay and lesbian parents, deaf parents, equipment etc
They also have a number of free online advice and information leaflets.

Membership is £15 a year, or £50 for 4 years.
http://www.disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk/
Telephone: 08702 410 450

Or email: information@disabledparentsnetwork.org.uk

Deaf Parents
Deaf Parents UK provides a befriending and help service for deaf parents, they also provide signed group training for deaf parents.

There is signed video and text information on their website.
http://www.deafparent.org.uk/

SMS: 07928 842 529
Fax: 0871 2643323
Email: info@deafparent.org.uk

Parent Partnership
The Parent Partnership is an organisation for parents of disabled children. It is concerned with issues around the child’s education and development. It is run from a parent/carer Information Resource Centre called the Gem Centre.

Parent Partnership, Gem Centre, Bentley Bridge, Neachells Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton,  WV11 3PP
01902 556945
ppservice@wolverhampton.gov.uk

www.wolvesparentpartnership.org

Bus number 25 stops close by.

Gingerbread
Gingerbread’s advice service for lone parents is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Freephone 0808 802 0925

Pink Parents
Pink Parents is a national support project for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) families.  They offer a range of support services and social activities for all LGBT families.
Their helpline is available weekdays 9am – midday: 01380 727935.
The website is: www.pinkparents.org.uk

The Haven
The Haven provides services to women and any dependent children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness and in need of safety, shelter, stability and support. Some of their residences are of wheelchair standard.
01902 713001

Sex and relationships

Sex and relationships

Dating and friendships

Outsiders is an organisation for disabled people who want to meet or correspond with other disabled people, who may need advice or help regarding sex, or who may want support to gain their sexual or emotional independence.

There is a confidential Sex and Disability Helpline 11am-7pm weekdays on 0707 499 3527.
Email:
sexdis@Outsiders.org.uk

You can also join the outsiders club (membership fee: £27.50 per year for wage earners, £14 per year for unwaged).The Club holds regular monthly lunches in London, Ipswich and the Midlands.

To find out more, visit http://www.outsiders.org.uk/


Whispers4U
Is an online dating & friendships service for disabled people. It is free to join and caters for gay and straight people.

http://www.whispers4u.com/

Disability Now provides free online personals for disabled people seeking dates or friendship:
http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk/living/connecting-people

West Midlands Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Switchboard offers information and advice on where to meet people as well as help and counselling relating to issues around being lesbian, gay or bisexual.

Telephone: 0845 257 8255 (Voice & Textphone) 7pm – 10pm every night of the year.

Email: switchboard@gaymidlands.org

Or go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/5191958563/

Contraception and Sexual Health Services
26a Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AD
Phone: 01902 444444
Opening times 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday

Bus numbers 1, 27, and 126

Wolverhampton Pregnancy Advisory Service
19-21 Queen Street
Wolverhampton
WV1 3JW
Phone: 01902 421131

The pregnancy advisory service offers advice to pregnant women on their options regarding their pregnancy. Call for advice or to explore the possibility of a home visit.

Terence Higgins Trust
The THT offers help with HIV testing, advice and support on HIV, benefits, housing, treatment etc.

Bond House Bond Street, Wolverhampton,WV2 4AS
01902 711 818

info.wolverhampton@tht.org.uk
www.tht.org.uk

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services

Most services for mental health are accessed by referral from a GP or other professional.

Community mental health teams
There are three community mental health teams are based around the city, Steps to Health in the North East, The Croft Resource Centre serving the South East and Corner House Resource Centre in the South West.

The teams are made up of nurses, social workers, psychologists, doctors and occupational therapists.  They can also arrange for other services like outreach, day care, home treatment, employment services, carer support, inpatient treatment at Penn Hospital and other specialist services.

They will to assess your care needs, work out your care plan, and provide a care co-ordinator to keep in touch with you and to provide a review.

North Area:
Steps to Health, Wolverhampton City PCT, Showell Circus, Low Hill
Wolverhampton, WV10  9TH
Phone: 01902 444600 or 445871

Bus number 2

South East Area:
The Croft Resource Centre,87 Greencroft, Bilston, WV14 7NB
Phone: 01902 553914

Bus number 25 and 82

South West Area:
Corner House Resource Centre, 300 Dunstall Road, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton,  WV6 0NZ
Phone: 01902 553382 or 553876 or 553874

Bus number 25 and 62

All of these centres are GP referral only

Wolverhampton also runs a short-stay treatment centre called Recovery House in Low Hill, which provides intensive support for people with a mental health problem, and a stay of up to 2 weeks to try to prevent the person in crisis from having to go into hospital.

Counselling Services

One Voice – has a trained counsellor available to disabled people for person-centred one-to-one counselling. No referral required.
01902 810016
mail@1voice.org.uk

Aquarius provides individual counselling and group sessions for people with alcohol or drug related problems. No referral required.
0300 200 2400
wolverhampton@aquarius.org.uk

ACCI – The African-Caribbean Cultural Initiative provides help and advice to people from the African-Caribbean community with mental health problems. They provide counselling, and they have a drop-in centre open weekdays 9-5.
ACCI, 221 Newhampton Rd East, Wolverhampton WV1 4BA
Telephone: 01902 571231

Bus number 6 or 25.

Navjeevan Project provides counselling for Asian women contact the project Telephone:01902 571260

projectdirector@awaaz-wolverhampton.co.uk

Mental Health Support Services

No Panic is a charity aimed at people who experience panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety disorders, or tranquillizer withdrawal.

They have a confidential freephone helpline  10-00 am TO 10-00 pm
0808 808 0545
www.nopanic.org.uk

Saneline – The mental health charity SANE runs a telephone line charged at local rate, running from 6pm to 11pm:
08457 678000

They offer telephone support and someone to listen to you in times of crisis. They can also give you information to enable you to make informed decisions regarding your mental health, including information on medical, complimentary and psychological treatments available, and information on mental health legislation, and the mental health system.

They have access to a large database, telling you what mental health services are available in your area.

Their website has a wide range of information and links to help available:
http://www.sane.org.uk

Samaritans offer someone to talk to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 08457 909090.

If you would rather write to them, you can email jo@samaritans.org, they aim to reply to your email within 24 hours.

You can also write to them about how you are feeling:
Chris, P.O. Box 9090, Stirling, FK8 2SA

The Wolverhampton Samaritans Centre at 54 Newhampton Road West is usually open to callers from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
01902 426422.

Bus numbers 5, 6 and 716

http://www.wolverhamptonsamaritans.org.uk/

You can also drop-in to talk to someone face-to-face, Tuesday-Thursday. The building has some access problems, but has wheelchair access at the rear – ring first so they can let you in, if you require a level entrance.

Pension Changes

Pension Changes

The Government is bringing forward the plan to increase the pension age. People who reach pension age between 2037-39 will be able to retire when they are 68.

The government is doing this because the cost of pensions is getting much greater, because people are living longer.

For people closer to retirement by November 2018 the pension age between men and women will be equalised to 65.
From November 2018- November 2020 retirement age will move from 65 to 66, and to 67 from 2026-2028.

If you want to check on how this effects you, people coming up to retirement in the next 20 years can check how the law applies to them on the government website, here