Week 3 Report: How are you coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Cumbria and Lancashire worked on a survey together to find out how people of Cumbria and Lancashire were coping with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. They looked at the feedback received from the coronavirus survey during 4th to 15th April 2020.  

They received 58 responses, majority of which were from Cumbria. The results found start almost everyone was feeling the practical, emotional and social impact of being in lockdown. Certain issues were highlighted where people were struggling with mental health, financial worries, supporting vulnerable people, and impact on those with existing medical conditions or pregnancy. The biggest concern of people included health of family and friends, their own health, the financial impact on themselves and in general, their mental health and how life will get back to normal when the lockdown is lifted. People said they missed physical contact with friends and family and restricted movements had impact on their lives. Most people we're managing to look after the physical help but found it more challenging to take care of their emotional and mental health. People suggested ways which would help them cope better and felt that too much information was available which was not always helpful.

Healthwatch made three recommendations on how they will work together to capture more information and produce a report about their findings.

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General details

Report title 
Week 3 Report: How are you coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen
Healthwatch Blackpool
Healthwatch Cumbria
Healthwatch Lancashire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 16 April, 2020
Date evidence capture began 
Saturday, 4 April, 2020
Date evidence capture finished 
Wednesday, 15 April, 2020
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health and safety
Health protection
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Continuing care

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Not applicable
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.