COVID-19 in North Yorkshire: July-November 2020

People across North Yorkshire have been helping to improve health and social care services by sharing their experiences during the past five months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Our latest COVID-19 briefing looks at how the crisis has affected access to health services and support, care home residents and their relatives and people’s mental health.

The briefing, which has been shared with those responsible for commissioning and delivering services in North Yorkshire, also looks at the effects on people being discharged from hospital and those with long-term conditions.

Access to NHS dentists comes under the spotlight, with feedback and enquiries made to Healthwatch indicating that availability – already an area of significant concern in North Yorkshire – has worsened during the pandemic, leaving more and more people unable to register with a practice.

Key themes:

  1. Access to services
  2. Hospital discharge and long-term conditions
  3. Social care
  4. Access to support
  5. Mental health
  6. Test and trace, testing, and official information
  7. Dentistry


Meeting with and hearing from the people of North Yorkshire is really important to us, and it is this information and personal stories that we share with healthcare professionals, NHS commissioners, and health and social care providers to help bring about change within treatment and care.

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