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Thursday, 27 April, 2023
Highway Code Changes: Share the Road - Cyclist & Pedestrian Safety Awareness for Drivers

The recent Highway Code changes are largely focused on ensuring the safety of cyclists and pedestrians. However, there’s a growing concern that drivers aren’t getting the information they need about the new changes.

Share the Road: Cyclist & Pedestrian Safety Awareness for Drivers:

It covers everything drivers today need to be aware of:

  • New changes to the Highway Code
  • How to be considerate around cyclists, pedestrians, and horse riders
  • What to do if there’s an accident

Here are just some of the insights the guide offers:

  • The Highway Code changes follow the Mayor of London’s pledge to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries that occur as a result of road traffic by 2041.
  • The new rules state that you can cross a double white line (usually prohibited) in order to overtake a cyclist if they are going under 10 miles per hour, provided it’s safe to do so.
  • It’s important to pay particular attention to these rules about overtaking, as overtaking led to a shocking 141 fatalities on British roads in 2020.
These new changes really need to be understood by drivers.
Tuesday, 4 April, 2023
Junior doctors’ strike: Local NHS Services during Mon 3 - Sat 15 April
Many of you will be aware that the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Hospital Specialists & Consultants Association (HSCA) have announced a four-day strike by junior doctors from 6.59am Tues 11 April to 6.59am Saturday 15 April.

The days leading into and immediately after bank holiday weekends are already challenging for the NHS. With the proposed strikes coming immediately after the long bank holiday our services will face increased pressure and some routine appointments will be rescheduled.

As always, the safety and care of our patients is our first priority. Since the strike action was announced, our emergency planning and operational teams have been working tirelessly to develop plans across our Trust in preparation for the nationwide industrial action.

How will this impact our services?
During the period of strike action, we will redirect resources to protect emergency treatment, intensive care, new-born care, maternity, and trauma. We will continue to prioritise cancer treatments, and those patients who have waited the longest for elective procedures.

We will only cancel appointments and procedures where it is necessary and will reschedule immediately, where possible. You will be contacted if your appointment needs to be changed, otherwise please attend your appointment as planned.

If you need medical help throughout this period, please continue to use 111 online, and in emergencies, call 999. GP services and pharmacies are not affected by the industrial action so please continue to use these as normal unless told otherwise.

As ever, our staff are working extremely hard doing during these challenging times and as a Trust we are doing everything possible to keep our patients safe and cared for.

Dr John Seymour, Deputy Medical Director

Remember - please use NHS services wisely. Here are some simple steps you can take to help ease pressure on hospital services:

Emergency - Continue to call 999 in a life-threatening emergency

Local Services - GPs, community pharmacies and dentists are not impacted by strike action. Some GP practices are also offering extended opening hours during the evenings and at the weekend. If you think you need to see your GP team, contact them as you usually would.

Minor Injuries - For minor injuries search for your nearest minor injury or urgent care centre Find Urgent Care services - NHS (

Health Advice - Use if it’s not an emergency and you need health advice quickly. The friendly team at NHS 111 will be able to help you get the care you need.

Hospital Appointments - Many routine appointments will be cancelled during strike days. If the NHS has not contacted you, it is important to attend appointments as planned.

Mental Health - If you are in a mental health crisis, call 111 or text Shout to 85258. Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Medication - Ensure medication and repeat prescriptions are ordered before the Bank holiday weekend .

Children - If your child is unwell, and you’re not sure where the best place to go for advice is, visit the NHS Frimley Healthier Together website or download the app.

Vulnerable People- Please look out for your neighbours who may live alone or be lonely.
Monday, 21 November, 2022
Energy Efficiency Talks - Are energy prices worrying you?
Join Bracknell Forest Council's energy efficiency officer, Hazel, for a free energy efficiency workshop, which includes:
  • energy saving tips
  • how to insulate your home
  • information for those with long term health conditions
There is no need to book, sessions will take place on:
  • Monday, 28 November, 10am - 11am at Sandhurst Library
  • Tuesday, 6 December, 11.30am - 12.30pm at Birch Hill Library
  • Thursday, 15 December, 10am - 11am at The Community Hub in Time Square
  • Tuesday, 20 December, 10am - 11am at Bracknell Library #5WaystoWinterWellness
Click here for more details
Thursday, 17 November, 2022
Get involved with the My Community map
Becoming a part of your local community has never been easier with the online My Community map, run by Bracknell Forest Council public health team, that promotes local community groups and activities run by local people, for local people.

Originally launched in 2015 as part of the ‘Warm Welcome’ project, the community map helped residents find their nearest community groups and activities.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 55.4 per cent of residents reported that the lockdown measures had a negative impact on their mental and emotional health. To help these people and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, the Bracknell Forest public health team have re-launched the community map with an increased number of activities available, for all ages.

The map will also be used by those working face-to-face with residents such as social care colleagues and health partners to help integrate people within their local community.

Cllr Dale Birch, chair of the Bracknell Forest health and wellbeing board and executive member for health, said:

“One of the main focuses in our health and wellbeing strategy for the next four years is to reduce loneliness and isolation in the borough and to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

“The My Community map allows people to find their local community groups and activities to become a part of. Whether it’s a knit and natter group or a sports club, these things give us purpose and help us make life-long connections with other people.

“The new and improved platform is easier to navigate, with an updated list of activities available. Training to use the map will be available for professionals and within the community.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with isolation and loneliness, please visit our public health portal for advice.
My Community Map Public Health Portal
Monday, 31 October, 2022
Free fix if TV interference occurs in Crowthorne
Mobile networks are being improved in Crowthorne boosting speed, performance and coverage. There is a small chance these upgrades may cause interference to TV received through an aerial such as Freeview, BT, TalkTalk and YouView.

Symptoms could include intermittent sound, blocky images (pixelation) or loss of TV signal.

Free support is available from Restore TV. Restore TV's role is to ensure people can continue to enjoy free to view TV when mobile is upgraded in their area. It provides help to anyone experiencing interference to TV services caused by mobile signals. Restore TV offers additional support for people who are 75 years of age or older, are registered blind or partially sighted or receive any of the following benefits: personal independence payments (PIPs); attendance allowance; constant attendance allowance or War Pensioner's Mobility Support.

Ben Roome, CEO of Restore TV, said: "We know just how important TV is to inform, entertain and provide welcome company. Restore TV exists to ensure we all can continue to access free to view TV as mobile services are improved across the country."

"If you see new TV interference, we're on hand to help you resolve the issue. We can send a Restore TV filter, free of charge, for you to fit between your aerial lead and TV or set-top box to remove mobile signals and allow you to watch free to view TV as normal. Full instructions are included, and we can provide further advice online and by phone if needed.

"In most instances, fitting the filter will resolve any issues, but if this isn't the case, we may also be able to arrange a follow-up visit from a Restore TV engineer at no cost, depending on eligibility." Cable and satellite TV, such as Sky or Virgin, are not affected. However, viewers with these services, who also watch free to view TV through an aerial, can receive a free Restore TV filter. Residents are more likely to be affected if they live in an area with weak digital television reception, have a TV signal booster and whose TV aerial is close to a mobile mast. For residents in flats or communal buildings, Restore TV provides landlords or property managers with support to resolve the problem.

Any viewers who experience new interference to free to view TV should contact Restore TV on:

0808 13 13 800 (free from landlines and mobiles)

For more information, please visit on the link below.
Visit Restore TV website
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