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Date of release: 9 July 2021

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What a way to top off the NHS’s 73rd birthday celebrations - with the best result in English football in 55 years! 

After such a challenging time for the nation over the last 18 months, the easing of lockdown restrictions and the success of England’s football team to reach the final of Euro 2020 is certainly putting a smile back on so many faces. 

It has been a real tonic and a good dose of ‘happiness medicine’ after what we have experienced. Millions will be looking forward to watching the game against Italy at Wembley on Sunday night with friends and families.

England Coach Gareth Southgate and his squad haven’t just taken the nation’s footballers to heights not experienced since 1966 but put the whole country on a high at a time when we are all working to try to restore life as best we can to how it was before COVID-19 struck.  After England beat Denmark, there were so many happy faces and proud staff chatting on their way into work.

England’s progress in the competition is good for people’s mental wellbeing; the games have been a welcome distraction from stresses in the workplace and have enhanced our social lives at a time when we have most needed it. This has a knock-on effect in different areas.

If staff are happy, the chances are they are more productive in terms of patient care. As a result, patients who might be similarly buoyed by the feelgood factor can hopefully recover quicker, meaning they are discharged sooner to return home.

Good luck England; we are behind you all the way. But remember that while you’re having fun and celebrating, please do so safely; be mindful of others, be socially distanced and if you consume alcohol, please do so sensibly (14 units per week for both men and women).

Whether you are going out or staying at home to enjoy the football, and whether you are celebrating afterwards or handling defeat (hopefully not the latter!), please be safe and look after your own and others’ health and wellbeing. Spare a thought for our NHS squad. We are likely to have an increase in incidents and admissions to our accident and emergency departments in Wolverhampton and Walsall this weekend and this will definitely impact those colleagues on duty at a time when COVID cases are rising again.

While many of us are looking forward to Sunday we should remember that not everyone is feeling so positive. If anyone has any issues regarding their own health and wellbeing, mental health or other concerns, there is a range of help and support available.

Please contact as appropriate below.

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP): 24/7 confidential advice and support for a range of issues. Call free from a landline 0800 111 6387 or visit www.my-eap.comusername: RWTwell (available for employees from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust)
  • The Black Country Staff Psychological Wellbeing Hub: Entry point into talking therapies. Call 0121 803 1444 (Please note this is not a crisis service)
  • Aquarius: supporting people affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling. For more information visit the Aquarius website

The following helplines are available 24/7:-

  • Rethink Black Country Mental Health Helpline: 0800 008 6516
  • Vivup:  0330 380 0658
  • Our NHS People:  0800 069 6222 or Text ‘Frontline’ to 85258
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Domestic Violence Helpline: 0800 200 0247

Walsall Healthcare Trust staff can also visit the Staff Haven at Route 230 from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, call 07790 981886, for 24-hour advice, call 0800 069 6222 or visit  Our NHS People

Take care – and let’s hope we’ve got something else to celebrate next week!


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