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New Year Message and Coronavirus Pandemic Update

Happy New Year to all our clients, associates, and service providers from all at Brooke House. We hope that 2021 will eventually prove to be a better year for us all at Brooke House.

New Year Message from John Graham, Chair of the Brooke House Health and Wellbeing Centre Board. 

“On behalf of the new Board, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.  We hope that our lives this year will be more normal and that we can begin to put the pandemic behind us.

On 17th December, Brooke House Health and Wellbeing Centre became independent; the new Board took over responsibility from the Ely Centre.  I am Chair of the Board and the other trustees are Dorothy Brodison, Michael Skuce and Stephen White.

The new year started on a high note when our Director, Joan Clements, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.  We are delighted for Joan and are pleased that her imagination, energy, and commitment have been recognised for her work over the years.

There was also good news when the vaccines came online in record time and they are already being rolled out.  However, we are locked down again as infections are rising and there is an increasing burden on the NHS.  It is unlikely that the restrictions will be eased significantly in the next few months as the vaccine rollout will take longer than initially estimated and the new variant is already spreading in Northern Ireland.

We are keen to provide as full a service as possible and look forward to doing so as coronavirus restrictions allow. Please see more information below regarding our current offerings. We hope that these precautions will enable us to meet your needs in the coming months until we can resume a full service.

In the meantime, we hope that you stay safe and avoid the virus.”

Brooke House Operating Procedures, affected due to lockdown

As you know, a new lockdown came into force across Northern Ireland at 00:01 GMT on 26 December, in a bid to suppress the spread of Covid-19. The NI executive agreed more changes on 5 January. Unfortunately, daily cases in the UK are now rising fast again and at a record high, including in NI. More patients are in hospital in the UK now than during the first wave. The current regulations are in place until 6 February but will be reviewed on 21 January.

A summary guide to the new restrictions in NI is on this link: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/790644-TEO-January-Restrictions-Table_Jan-1.pdf

Some of the restrictions will be in law through regulation, while others will be in guidance.

Everyone is legally required to comply with the regulations. The key message is ‘stay at home’. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the health service and save lives. No-one may leave their home without reasonable excuse.

Therefore, from 11th January 2021 Brooke House will be suspending all face-to-face services. This will be reviewed dependent on further government advice.

We will no longer deliver the following at all until advised it is safe to do so:

  • Complementary therapies (Acupuncture, Massage, Reflexology)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Groups (Horticultural Therapy, Fishing)
  • Structured Residential Programme

The following can continue dependent on availability:

  • Screenings following referral – by telephone
  • Reviews on completion of services – by telephone
  • Clinical Psychology – by telephone
  • Talking therapies interventions (Counselling, etc) – if your therapist has already made arrangements directly with you then please continue with that.

Please do not come to the Centre in person. Instead call 028 8953 1223 or email us on info@brookehouse.co.uk. In the meantime, please maintain all the precautionary measures advised by the Government in order to protect yourselves and others. As things change so may this advice and we will attempt to keep you as up to date as possible.