Great South Run – 17 October 2021

We have a Great Team shaping up for this year’s event – thank you to everyone who has already signed up and those who have sponsored them.

If you would like to run this beautiful 10 mile route to raise funds for the Centre then please contact ruth@solentmstc.org.uk.

To sponsor Jade, click here

To sponsor Tsvet, click here

To sponsor Chris, click here

To sponsor Sue, click here

To sponsor John, click here

Long Covid: Solent MS Centre in Portsmouth helps people with Covid-19 after effects – Portsmouth News -18 August 2021

“When the Solent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Portsmouth was finally able to reopen in March this year its team had no idea they would become a beacon of hope for people dealing with the after-effects of Covid-19…”

We are very pleased to be featured in the Portsmouth News today, to read the full article click here.

Lockdown Easing – Email to Members – 19 July 2021

Dear Member

I hope that this e mail finds you well and enjoying this lovely weather.

Well, the 19th of July is here –  the ‘ Official ’ easing of Lockdown. BUT ,

As we are all aware, The MS Centre is a Medical environment, where very vulnerable people come for Therapies, and as advised, I just wanted to let you know that here at the centre, we will not currently be relaxing any of the processes that we have put in place that keep us all safe.

We will still be taking temperatures before entry, ask that you use hand sanitiser on entry, and cleaning chairs, tables and Oxygen stations after every use – inside and outside of the Chamber. All Oxygen tubes will continue to be changed and sterilised in the UV Sterilising box after each use.

We ask that you continue to wear face coverings on arrival and when walking around the centre and if you are going into the chamber, that you keep it on until you swap it for your full Oxygen mask.

One change that we have made, is that we have increased the number of chairs/spaces inside the chamber from 3 to 4, so as more Members return to the centre, we will now hopefully, be able to  accommodate everyone’s desired session time.

If you have been to the centre lately, I’m sure you’ll agree that thanks to Clare and Ruth, our Courtyard is now a lovely place to sit and wait for your appointment ( while the weather allows) 😊

And a gentle reminder ;

If your temperature is above 38 C, you will not be permitted to come into the centre and your therapy will be rearranged over the telephone from home. I advise that if you do not already, take your temperature before you leave home to save any wasted journeys. I also reiterate, that if you have any of the symptoms of COVID or feel unwell, that you do not attend your booking.

 

And finally, a note from Gerry Woodhouse, Chair of SMSTC Trustees

On behalf of the Trustees I would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout the pandemic. We all know how difficult this has been and now look forward to a brighter future.

Thanks must also be given to our staff.  Jo, Clare and Ruth have worked tirelessly to keep the centre safe for us all. Please continue to support them and the centre and follow our operating procedures.

 

Thank you, as always for your support and patience. We love seeing you all again.

Jo Jennings

Centre Manager

 

Volunteer Vacancies – June 2021

Would you like to join our team? We are looking for a Volunteer to operate our Barochamber on a Tuesday morning on an ongoing basis – full training will be provided.

If you would like to get involved with the Centre but cannot commit to the hours involved in being a Chamber Operator we have lots of other jobs that can be done on an ad hoc basis such as sorting donations of books, clothing etc, counting collection pots, folding leaflets etc, that we would be very grateful for help with, so do still get in touch!

 

Associate Membership – June 2021

We are very please to be able to welcome new non-MS members, including those with Long Covid.

Volunteer Vacancies – May 2021

If you are interested in Volunteering at the Centre, either training as an Oxygen Chamber Operator, or one of our other roles, please get in touch…

COVID 19 Communication – 27 March 2021

Dear Member

Good Afternoon. It has been great welcoming you back to the Centre this month and following on from the e mail of 25th February 2021, I have a further update for you.

Firstly, I’d like to thank those of you who have made very generous donations to the Centre at this difficult time. It is very kind of you and any help has been gratefully received. Also, thanks to those who have donated items, such as the many cleaning products that we use continuously every day. Thank you all.

Following the Easter weekend, with effect from Monday 12th April, We are pleased to inform you that the Centre will open for 4 days a week, from Monday to Thursday and will also include the later sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday . From Tuesday 6th April the Oxygen sessions (in the chamber) will revert to their regular times of  09.15, 11.00, 12.45 and 14.15. Plus 16.00 Tuesdays and 16.30 on Thursdays. Available seating inside the Chamber will remain as 3, but this will be reviewed by the Trustees as an ongoing Agenda item for future meetings.

All Therapists will also be returning to the Centre in April, so, as before, please call to make your bookings.

Also, we have reviewed prices & costs and have made some slight increases to our costs for Therapy sessions (see below – please note Membership is offered at half price to those renewing from 2020/21)

We will continue to have a strict cleaning regime in place between Oxygen Sessions, inside and outside the chamber.

For the time being, social distancing and a one way system should still be strictly adhered to, and we will continue to take your temperature before you are able to enter the Centre (see below). There are also some additional temporary processes that we have put in place for the safety of everyone, such as ;

  • Fabric chairs in the waiting area will now be replaced with plastic chairs, for easy wipe-down. Seats inside the chamber will be also sprayed with a Fabric sanitiser.
  • You will be required to sign a simple Consent form

Please note :  If your temperature is above 38 C, you will not be permitted to come into the centre and your therapy will be rearranged over the telephone from home. I advise that if you do not already, take your temperature before you leave home to save any wasted journeys. I also reiterate, that if you have any of the symptoms of COVID or feel unwell, that you do not attend your booking and follow the government guidelines.

Also, as before, a face covering must be worn at all times, whilst in the centre and inside the Chamber– it is now mandatory.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

We look forward to seeing you all again very soon

on behalf of

Jo Jennings

Centre Manager

Opening Times March 2021

From 9 March and for March only, the Centre will be partially reopened, for Oxygen Therapy.

We will be taking your bookings over the phone from 3 March and look forward to welcoming you back!

COVID 19 Communication – 25 February 2021

Dear Member

Following my communication of Monday 15th February 2021, here, as promised, is an update for you.

Following the Government announcement on Monday 22nd February, outlining the ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’, it has been agreed, that in line with Schools, the Centre will reopen for Oxygen Therapy, on Tuesday 9th March 2021.

It will be a partial reopening , and so for March, we will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays only and this will be for Oxygen Therapy only.

Please note, during March, Oxygen Sessions (inside the chamber) will be at 9.30am, 11.30am and 1.30pm. The Oxygen Concentrators will also be available to book.

Staff will open the centre at 9am and it will close following the final session at 3.30pm.

Staff will be in the centre on Wednesday and Thursday (3rd and 4th March), to take telephone bookings for the following week when we reopen. For those of you that had previously booked and paid for Oxygen session, we will try to contact you next Tuesday (2nd March) to rearrange your booking, if not, do give us a call.

We will also be here prior to opening, to ensure that the Centre is clean and hygienic ready for your return.

We will begin offering all Therapies, apart from Shiatsu, as soon as the Therapists are able to offer an appointment – This should be around the middle of April, in line with stage 3 of the ‘ Roadmap’. I will confirm the date for you.

We will continue to have a strict cleaning regime in place between Oxygen Sessions, inside and outside the chamber. Social distancing and a one way system should still be strictly adhered to, and we will continue to take your temperature before you are able to enter the Centre (see below). There are also some additional temporary processes that we have put in place for the safety of everyone, such as ;

  • Fabric chairs in the waiting area will now be replaced with plastic chairs, for easy wipe-down. Seats inside the chamber will be also sprayed with a Fabric sanitiser.
  • You will be required to sign a simple Consent form

Please note :  If your temperature is above 38 C, you will not be permitted to come into the centre and your therapy will be rearranged over the telephone from home. I advise that if you do not already, take your temperature before you leave home to save any wasted journeys. I also reiterate, that if you have any of the symptoms of COVID or feel unwell, that you do not attend your booking and follow the government guidelines.

Also, as before, a face covering must be worn at all times, whilst in the centre and inside the Chamber– it is now mandatory.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

We look forward to seeing you all again very soon

Very best wishes

Jo Jennings

Centre Manager

COVID 19 Communication – 15 February 2021

Dear Valued Member,

Well, we’re into Mid-February now and the Centre is sadly still closed due to Lockdown 3. I hope that you and your family have stayed safe and Covid free?

But, I think we are getting there 😊 With the Vaccines being rolled out and on target (over 15 Million as of this morning!), the number of cases of COVID reducing, and the R Rate coming down, I myself, am feeling a lot more positive (as are the Trustees, Clare and Ruth) and confident that we will have some sort of normality soon.

One good thing is that Myself, Clare and Ruth have all had our first Vaccine (due to our place of work) and all of our lovely Volunteers should be soon to. It seems that we all now know of people that have had their first vaccine – and that is such a really good thing!

Anyway – We will reopen the Centre as soon as we can and will do everything we can (as before) to ensure that you feel safe and germ free on your return, and of course, we will keep you up to date with any changes.

Once again, thank you for your patience and understanding during this extremely difficult time. We hope to be seeing you all again very soon. You are very important to us.

In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to help the Centre during this very difficult time, whether big or small, it would be very gratefully received.

Remember, we still have our ongoing costs, even though we are closed, such as the rental of the Oxygen Tanks, Utility costs, Checks on Fire Extinguishers etc and Insurance – which alone is about a £3000 a year cost!

Donations can be sent to paypal@solentmstc.org.uk, by cheque made payable to Solent MS Therapies Ltd, by BACS to Lloyds sort code 30 96 11, account number 03413763, or via our JustGiving page https://justgiving.com/campaign/SMSTC

Many, many, big, big thankyous to those of you that have been making donations during this time. It means a lot and makes a difference.

Thank you all very much.

Jo Jennings

Centre Manager

 

COVID 19 ‘Tier 4’ Announcement – 21 December 2020

Dear Members,

Firstly, I hope that this finds you well and still staying safe.

It has been really great having the Centre back open again for these last few weeks,  and it’s been lovely seeing you all and welcoming new Members too.

Following Saturday’s announcement from the Government, Portsmouth moving into Tier 4, and to keep everyone safe –  Members, Carers, Staff, Therapists and Volunteers, the MS Centre will close with immediate effect and will remain closed until there are significant improvements / changes.

We will of course, keep you informed of any changes to these arrangements because as soon as we can do, we will be here again for you.

Payments that you have already made for appointments during this week and the following weeks, will be honoured and carried forward for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this extremely difficult time. We hope to be seeing you all again very soon.

In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to help the Centre during this very difficult time, whether big or small, it would be very gratefully received. Donations can be sent to paypal@solentmstc.org.uk, by cheque made payable to Solent MS Therapies Ltd, by BACS to Lloyds sort code 30 96 11, account number 03413763, or via our JustGiving page justgiving.com/campaign/SMSTC.

Thank you all very much

Take care, stay safe and we send all our very best wishes to you and your families for a happy, but very different Christmas.

Kind Regards

Jo Jennings (Centre Manager), Clare and Ruth

For Chairman and Trustees

 

“Christmas in the Courtyard” – 7 December 2020

We are sorry that we can’t invite visitors inside at the moment, but everyone is welcome to come by and browse our “Christmas in the Courtyard” Sale, we have lots of lovely cards and gifts in the covered area outside the Centre until 23 December. You can also support us by donating to our JustGiving campaign Solent MS Therapy Centre’s Christmas Appeal – JustGiving.

COVID 19 Update – 3 December 2020

Dear Members,
Following the Government announcement last week that Lockdown 2 was to end on the 2nd December (as planned) and that Hampshire, as most of the Country have been placed into Tier 2, The Trustees and staff have all agreed that the Centre will reopen, as planned on Monday 7th December.
Staff are in the Centre today and tomorrow morning (3rd and 4th) to take telephone bookings for next week, if you haven’t previously booked. We are also here prior to opening, to ensure that the Centre is clean and Hygienic ready for your return. If you do have a booking made for next week, please could you telephone Clare anyway to confirm that you are still able to come.
I am pleased to say that we will reopen offering all Therapies, apart from Shiatsu, as sadly Bronwen has decided not to continue to practice. This takes immediate effect.
We will continue to have a strict cleaning regime in place between Oxygen Sessions, inside and outside the chamber. Social distancing and a one way system should still be strictly adhered to, and there are some additional precautions that we have put in place for the safety of everyone.
Your temperature will now be taken prior to entry to the centre, in the courtyard. Again, please wait to be called. If your temperature is above 38 C, you will not be permitted to come into the centre and your therapy will be rearranged over the telephone from home. We advise that if you do not already, take your temperature before you leave home to save any wasted journeys. We also reiterate, that if you have any of the symptoms of COVID or feel unwell, that you do not attend your booking and follow the government guidelines.
Also, a face covering must be worn at all times, whilst in the centre – it is now mandatory.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
We look forward to seeing you all again.
Very best wishes
Jo, Clare and Ruth

COVID 19 – Coronavirus (Lockdown 2) – 4 November 2020

Dear Members,

It has been really great having the Centre back open again for these last few months and it’s been lovely seeing you all. However, I’m afraid it has been decided that for the safety of Staff, Therapists and Members, the Centre will be closed for the period Thursday 5th November to Sunday 6th December 2020.

We will of course, keep you informed of any changes to these arrangements.

Staff will be back in the Centre from Thursday 3rd December to take bookings for appointments.

Bookings must be made by telephoning the centre and payment for therapies will be required at the time of booking.

Payments that you have already made for appointments during this period, will be honoured and carried forward for you.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. We hope to be seeing you all again soon.

In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to help the Centre during this very difficult time, whether big or small, it would be very gratefully received. Donations can be sent to paypal@solentmstc.org.uk, by cheque made payable to Solent MS Therapies Ltd, by BACS to Lloyds sort code 30 96 11, account number 03413763, or via our JustGiving page justgiving.com/campaign/SMSTC.

Thank you all very much

Take care and stay safe

Kind Regards
Jo Jennings (Centre Manager)

For Chairman and Trustees

Star & Crescent Article – 29 October 2020

‘There’s a Community Feel to the Place’: The MS Solent Therapy Centre and Covid-19  

An Update from the Centre Manager – 27 August 2020

Hi Everyone

September News Flash!

.. As we roll into September (Soon be Christmas 😊)

  • We will be reopening on a Friday morning for Oxygen Therapy and Physiotherapy
  • We welcome back all of our Therapists, so we can now offer Physio, reflexology, Massage and Chiropody
  • We can now offer 3 spaces in each of our Hyperbaric Oxygen Sessions where we can, making sure of course, firstly that our clients are happy and comfortable and ensuring that there is suitable distance between the seating to remain safe
  • In line with the return to schools, we are reintroducing our Tuesday session for Children. These take place on a Tuesday at 4.00 pm, commencing on the 8th September – So let the fun begin 😊
  • We are now once again, able to welcome new clients (MS or not) to use the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber (Hooray) and can offer our Induction Sessions that include a ‘Test’ session in our HOC. These sessions take place on a Thursday afternoon at 3.00 pm. Please call or e mail the centre for a chat and to book your Induction. We always look forward to meeting new clients.
  • ………… So, from Thursday 10th September, our 4.00pm Oxygen Session reverts back to it 4.30pm slot.
  • …………And finally, we are restarting our Bonus Ball Lottery competition – Clare will have all the details. So let us know if you would like to join in, if you haven’t done already !

 

Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend

From The Solent MS Therapy Centre Team

Behind the Scenes : Post-Lockdown at SMSTC – 26 August 2020

We had a visit from a local gentleman who was making a film about North End and wanted to feature the Centre in it, he was so interested in what we did he decided to make another video just about us, here is the result.

Thank you Andrew!

Phased Re-opening of the Centre – Update 15 July 2020

We are very pleased to be able to welcome back all of our Members from 20 July, both Full (those with MS) and Associate (any other condition).

Please note that we are still in Phase 1 (6 July – 7 August) so nothing else has changed yet – it is still Oxygen Therapy only and availability in the Barochamber is limited to 2 people per session, however we also have the Oxygen Concentrators available throughout our opening times.

We are taking bookings by telephone only and taking payment at the time of booking.

It is all quite different here, so if you’ve not been in since March please read the details!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Phased Re-opening of the Centre – 24 June 2020

We are very pleased to announce the phased reopening of the Centre.

During Phase 1 (6 July – 7 August) we will be open to Full Members for Oxygen Therapy, by appointment only.

We will be taking bookings by telephone only from 29 June and taking payment at the time of booking.

Things will be quite different, so please read the details!

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Temporary Centre Closure – 17 March 2020

***PLEASE NOTE***
Due to increased concern around the Corona Virus in Hampshire, the Trustees have taken the decision to temporarily close the Centre and continue to monitor the situation. This is a preventative measure, we have not been directly affected and the staff will still be at the Centre to address concerns and enquiries via telephone and email.

Coronavirus Guidelines – 3 March 2020

We hope that you are keeping well! However, if you do have flu-like symptoms, or have had direct contact with anyone who either has Coronavirus or who has been to a high risk area, please stay away from the Centre for 14 days and follow the self-isolation protocol.

New 16.5′ (1.5 atmospheres) Oxygen Session

Please note, from 1 February the 11:00 Oxygen Session on a Saturday will be 16.5′ (1.5 atmospheres).

This is available to children (accompanied by a parent) or adults who require a less deep session.

Please get in touch to book.

 

Christmas & New Year Opening Times 2019/20

Grand Christmas Raffle

Here is the complete list of fabulous prizes very kindly donated to the Centre for our big Christmas fundraiser – £1 a number available in the Centre until midday Wednesday 18 December.

Christmas Sale 2 – 23 December

We have lots of lovely gifts available to buy in the Centre why not pop down for a look?

Great South Run – 20 October 2019

Many thanks to all of our amazing runners and to everyone who sponsored them and came down to cheer them on on the day – they raised over £1500 for the Centre!

 

Fundraising Walk & Summer Social Picnic – 24 August 2019

We hope that lots of our Members and Supporters and their friends and family will be able to join us for a picnic in Bransbury Park on Saturday. There will be a fundraising walk from the Centre through North End, Fratton and Milton to the park if you would like to join us – fancy dress optional but preferable! We will take photo evidence of the staff and volunteers in their tutus for anyone unable to attend!

 

World MS Day – 30 May 2019

The theme of World MS Day was raising awareness of the invisible symptoms of MS and its unseen impact on quality of life.

We had a visit from local TV channel That’s TV Solent, Click Here to watch their piece on the Centre.

Pictured: Centre Manager Jo Jennings being interviewed by That’s TV reporter Dan Dove.

 

New Forest Bike Ride – 19 May 2019

Many thanks and congratulations to Scott and Fin for cycling 63.5 miles in 5 hours 2 minutes on single speed bikes (no gears!) through the New Forest on Sunday!

They have raised a fantastic £368 for the Centre!

 

 

Spring Sale at the Centre 8-18 April 2019

We will be having a Spring Sale at the Centre from 8- 18 April with lots of Spring and Easter themed goodies and a multi-hamper raffle! We hope you can make it down.

Donations for the event also gratefully received!

 

Neuro-Physiotherapist Vacancy 

If you are interested in joining the team as a neuro-physiotherapist, please do get in touch!