Our Knowledge Bank three new resources recently added:
Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a respiratory illness, affecting the lungs and airways, and is the result of an infection caused by an influenza virus.
There are three types of influenza virus, known as A, B and C.
The characteristic symptoms of flu, which usually come on suddenly, are fever, chills, headache, cough, body aches and fatigue.
The flu virus is usually spread in the small droplets of saliva coughed or sneezed into the atmosphere by an infected person. Direct contact with hands contaminated with the virus can also spread infection.
With Christmas and New Year festivities coming up we thought it may be a good idea to get ready for the inevitable New Year's resolution stage of the festive season. This is the point in time when most people decide they have over done it a bit and now need to lose a few inches.
The Change for Life programme may be just the thing you are looking for.
See also the - Eat Well Plate
MiNDbank, a new World Health Organization database, has been launched to help users view information about different countries' laws, policies, service standards, strategies and success stories related to mental health issues.
The database includes key mental health and substance misuse information from more than 160 countries.
The Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly held a very successful and well attended Market Place event at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on October 10th with over 40 organizations showcasing the services they offered.
David Sandbach, founder of Shropshire Cares Info Central website, attended the event and was inspired by the vast amount of organizations that came together for this useful event. As a result of this, David has put together an interactive booklet which provides links to all the organizations who were present at the Market Place event.
STACS is a voluntary group of parents, carers and partners of people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) / High Functioning Autism (HFA).
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29 October 2013 at 'The Inn on the Green', Bank Farm Rd, Radbrook, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DU from 6.30 for 6.45 pm till 8.30 pm. All welcome.
Swimming after Surgery (SAS) was set up in October 2010 to help ladies who have had breast cancer surgery recover, build their confidence and learn to swim or improve their swimming strokes.
Take a virtual tour of last week's MARKET PLACE EVENT at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury just open the booklet below - loads of stuff you may find of use if you need help or if you know someone who needs a helping hand.
Bar Pro Bono Unit
The Bar Pro Bono Unit was established in May 1996 to provide pro bono (free) legal advice, representation and assistance with mediation in deserving cases, where public funding (Legal Aid) is not available and where the applicant is unable to afford legal assistance.
The unit helps by assessing one of its volunteer barristers can assist and if so finding one with suitable experience and expertise to help. Barristers can:
- give advice - either in writing or in conference
- represent applicants in any court/tribunal in England or Wales
- assist with mediation
Free of charge. The unit can only take applicants referred through a solicitor or advice agency such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.
All applications for assistance must be made in writing on the unit's application form. Forms and information are available on the website.
Flu vaccination by injection, commonly known as the 'flu jab' is available every year on the NHS to protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.
However, flu can be more severe in certain people such as:
- anyone over the age of 65
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to protect them.
Town Mayor joins Senior Citizens Forum.
Councillor Graham Riley, Mayor of Wellington is now a member of the T&W Senior Citizens Forum. Find out more in the news letter!
CQC has worked with representatives from PPGs and the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.), which supports and promotes patient participation in primary care ( www.napp.org.uk ).
They produced this guidance together to help people who are involved in a PPG, patient reference group or a patient panel attached to a GP practice, so that you can work with us.
Do your own Diabetes check on line!
The number of people in the UK who have been diagnosed with diabetes has reached three million for the first time, equivalent to 4.6 per cent of the UK's population, according to new analysis carried out by Diabetes UK and Tesco.
The figure represents an increase of 132,000 people diagnosed with diabetes over the last year. A further 850,000 people are thought to have undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.
Source Diabetes UK
See the Video on this web site it explains what Diabetes is and how your body works.
If you would like to check your risk of getting Diabetes try this online self check facility:
Art brought into your home a collection of 210,000 paintings just for you.
If you are interested in Art have a look at this collection of over 210,000 paintings in collections all over the UK.
Why not get involved part of the site needs volunteers to help tag paintings - so if you have an interest and an hour or so to spare now and then give it a go.
Hot off the Press - a must read for people who need help and everyone involved in care assessments.
Really this is a must see!
This new, short video was led by Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group in partnership with patients and is a joint initiative between the local NHS and Shropshire Council.
If you have the privilage to provide clinical or social care services to people in Shropshire take a look and discuss its content with your colleagues, and let us know your thoughts by emailing email@example.com
For a transcript please click here
Shropshire Together, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY6 6ND
Carers really count!
Support for people who care for family and friends is vitally important.
Find out whats going on and who to contact. A must read for all carers and their families.
Telford and Wrekin Senior Citizen Forum.
News Letter November 2012.
The Forum welcomes a new
Chairperson Margo Brotherton
Click below to get your copy of the November News Letter
Carers really count!
Support for people who care for family and friends is vitally important.
Find out what going on and who to contact.
Getting Ready for Tele-Care and Tele-Health.
Bosses at the Shropshire County Clinical Commissioning Group are planning to increase the use of Tele-Health and Tele Care systems as a means of improving care services for the people who live in the Shropshire Council area.
To help people understand the way thinking is going in the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and at the Council we thought it would be a good idea to put together a few resources to brief you on this emerging development which will, in time, impact on how you are cared for.
Tele-Health and Tele Care are fairly recent developments in providing:
Social care services into people's homes to help older people or disabled people live independently for longer.
NHS care between a hospital and a community hospital or between a Hospitals or may be a GP surgery and a person's home.
Telecare: from simple personal alarms (AKA pendant/panic/medical/social alarms, PERS, and so on) through to smart homes that focus on alerts for risk including, for example: falls; smoke; changes in daily activity patterns and 'wandering'. Telecare may also be used to confirm that someone is safe and to prompt them to take medication. The alert generates an appropriate response to the situation allowing someone to live more independently, and confidently, in their own home for longer.
Telehealth: as in remote vital signs monitoring. Vital signs of patients with long term conditions are measured daily by devices at home and the data sent to a monitoring centre for response by a nurse or doctor if they fall outside predetermined norms. Telehealth has been shown to replace routine trips for check-ups; to speed interventions when health deteriorates, and to reduce stress by educating patients about their condition.
Source: What is Tele- Care?
Briefing sources Tele-Care:
Briefing sources Tele-Health:
To find out a little more detail about this important subject please have a look at these links:
The Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programme is a two year research project funded by the Department of Health to find out how technology can help people manage their own health while maintaining their independence.
If you want to contribute to the discussion on Tele-Care / Tele-Health please send your views by the end of September 2012 to:
Mr Paul Haycox - Head of Planning and Service Redesign, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group Paul.Haycox@shropshirepct.nhs.uk
Mrs Carolyn Healy - Partnerships Manager, Shropshire Council firstname.lastname@example.org
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
High Level Commissioning Intentions for 2013 / 14.
Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Shropshire Council have been encouraging residents to attend one of three local meetings to find out more about plans and priorities for local health services in 2013/2014. Last night saw the final meeting at the Lord Hill Hotel in Shrewsbury. Well over 100 people filled the hotel's function room.
Attendees ranged from members of the public, Patient Participation Group members, Voluntary Sector and private sector providers.
Delegates arriving and reading their delegates information pack.
During questions and answers session some concern was aired about shrinking Council budgets for care of the elderly and the impact this could have on the Health Service commissioning plans. People from the voluntary sector also raised concern about lateness in getting notification of funding and the possibility of some services being put at risk from this September. The panel gave reassurances that the matter would be looked into as a priority.
L to R.
Mrs Carolyn Healy - Partnerships Manager, Shropshire Council
Mr Paul Haycox - Head of Planning and Service Redesign, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Mr Stephen Chandler - Group Manager, Assessment and Eligibility, Shropshire Council
Dr Caron Morton - Accountable Officer Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
Mr David Taylor - Corporate Director - People, Shropshire Council
Dr Bill Gowans - Vice Chair, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group
On the positive note Dr. Caron Morton the big chief at the Clinical Commissioning Group said that the CCG Board was "absolutely committed" to a policy of
"No decision about me without me" and explained the new process for patients representatives to influence and check over key commissioning documents prior to formal submission to the Board.
Dr. Bill Gowans, main man for change processes at the CCG. He and his colleagues are paying a lot of attention to ensuring that patients have well integrated care pathways.
He made it crystal clear that co-ordination of scarce resources was very important and the CCG wants to ensure work load is well managed across the local health service.
Overall around 240 people have been involved in this series of road shows. Copies of the papers published by the CCG and Health and Well Being Board are available for you to comment on:-
Road show presenters.
Mrs. C. Healy - Shropshire Council and
Mr. P. Haycox Clinical Commissioning Group.
You can let the CCG know how you feel about their plans by writing to:
A report back session will be held in September and we will put the date into our events calendar.
Support our Hospitals become a Trust Member.
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust is working towards becoming a NHS Foundation Trust by 2014. To achieve Foundation Trust Status the Board need local people to support the application by becoming a Trust member.
What are NHS Foundation Trusts?
- an opportunity for you to have a bigger say in how local health services are run
- providers of healthcare according to core NHS principles - free at the point of delivery, based on need and not the ability to pay
- a new type of NHS organisation, established as independent public benefit corporations, modelled on co-operative and mutual traditions
- more freedom from central government control and from strategic health authority performance management
- still part of the NHS and subject to NHS standards, including inspection by the independent Healthcare Commission. They are overseen by an independent regulator, Monitor, which ensures that NHS Foundation Trusts meet their obligations to patients, communities and taxpayers.
If Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust does not become a Foundation Trust by 2014 two possibilities arise:
A) The Trust is taken over by an existing Foundation Trust.
B) The Trust is run by a private management company as happened in Hinchinbrook Hospital. See BBC News Repost.3 May 2012.
Clearly there is a lot at stake if we want our hospital service run on a local basis.
Social Care Institute for Excellence.
If you have a minute to spare have a look at this site.
Oil buying collective in Shropshire - do you use oil to heat your home or business?
If you do look at the April Oil Press News Letter - it could save you some cash.
Save money on heating oil (42.01KB)
Self Help Shropshire
You are not alone.
If you are looking for support from others who have been through a similar experience to yours , or if you just want to talk, then Shropshire Self Help Directory can help you, right now.
Visit - Self HelShropshire p to find some one who understands and can help.
Patient Participation Group Networking Event
Wednesday 28th March 2012.
Around 80 people attended the latest PPG Networking event. The opening address was given by Dr. Leigh Griffin MD Shropshire County PCT who explained the changes in how NHS services are managed and organised in the county.
Questions were asked concerning travel especially Shropshire Link Bus services see Information about Shropshire Link. for more information.
Why not consider helping? Volunteer to be a driver.
Also the issue about services for people with Dementia was raised by a member of the audience - for more information scroll down this page to read about Dementia in Shropshire.For much more information about Dementia Click here and scroll down to D for more on DEMENTIA.
Also of interest: See - Dementia2012 Report.
Dr. Leigh Griffin addressing the PPG Networking members.
Sensory Resource and Development Services
Shropshire and Mid wales Pituitry Group
Digital delivery of NHS services.
View the slides on the link below to see how services for the public MAY be provided some time in the future.
Variation in services for Children in Shropshire.
A report released today by the NHS show that 2.6% of primary school children in the Shropshire Council have a statement of Special Educational Need this compares to 1.6 % of primary school children in the Telford and Wrekin Council area.
Emergency admission rate for children with asthma per population aged 0-17 years is significantly different between children in Shropshire County PCT 221.9 per year compared with 327.4 per year for children residents in the T&W PCT area.
Attendance of under fives at the A&E departments in the county are among the lowest in England. But the rate of attendance is significantly different between the two PCT areas.
The rate of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances per population under 5 years for children in the Shropshire County PCT is 282.69 per year compared with 354.58 per year for children resident in the T&W PCT area.
The figures were released by the NHS in the Atlas of Variation available at:
Long Term Condition Conference.
This event was organised by the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and was aimed at GP's, nurses and patients for the purpose of considering was of addressing the significant and growing problem of long term conditions in Shropshire.
Editors note: around 1 in 10 residents have a long term health condition.
Read the feed back here:
Find out more about Shropshire Link and how it can help you!
Free Home Eye Tests!
If you or some one you know are house bound and need an eye test have a look and listen to this video - it could make all the difference to you and yours.
Dame Judi Dench has revealed she has been diagnosed with a condition that can lead to blindness.
The James Bond star, 77, says she has Macular Degeneration and can no longer read her scripts or see faces in front of her.
What is Macular Degeneration?
Five plucky Shropshire volunteers are Health Check Champions.
Our Shropshire Health Check Champions are:
Mark Davies 53 Shrewsbury.
Collette Davies 44 Shrewsbury (no relation to Mark)
Cathy Warner 66 Bridgnorth.
Zoe Day 50 Ellesmere.
Andy Skinner 50 Highley.
Check out on You Tube:-
Health Checks take about 20 - 30 minutes and consist of questions about family medical history, health and life style. If any risks are identified there is a chance to discuss these and learn about available help and support.
See also Free NHS Health Check.
Fears over hip implants.
Following the withdrawal of the DePuy device, the British Hip Society and the British Orthopaedic Association said "Everyone with a hip replacement that has been withdrawn should be informed and told that they will be under close clinical follow-up."
Q. What should you do if you have had a hip operation and have not been contacted by the hospital where your hip operation was undertaken?
A. Contact the hospital where your hip operation was carried out and ask if you need to be put under close clinical follow-up and if not why not. The hospital will be only too delighted to give you an explanation - remember to ask for any explanation in writing for future reference.
More information:- Fears over Hip Implants.
18th October 2011:- Here is a link to the statement from the news archive that SaTH published regarding the use of metal-on-metal hip replacements:
link to National Blood Donor web site.
Amanda Holden's husband Chris Hughes has praised the NHS staff who helped save the star's life.
The Britain's Got Talent star checked herself into hospital on Monday and gave birth to little Hollie Rose a week early via an emergency caesarean section. The birth left Amanda in a critical condition after she began bleeding heavily and the star had several blood transfusions to keep her alive.
Her newborn also faced breathing difficulties and was put on a respirator, while terrified new dad Chris stayed by his girl's side.
Source:- Huffington post.
According to the NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare, the emergency hospital admission rates for children and adults with Asthma in the Telford and Wrekin Council Area are among the worst in the country.
To see the atlas click here NHS Health Atlas online. or go to the Our Knowledge Bank section and pick up a copy there. The Atlas is filed under NHS Right Care and NHS Atlas of Care.
If you want to see a new free online service for Asthma control, we have found one which may be of interest to you called MyAsthma.
MyAsthma is a programme that provides services, information and support that can help those with asthma to take control of their condition.
To see a video of MyAsthma and to get to the web site please go to the Your Health section and then open the Online Health Resources section. The information you want is the fourth item down near the top of the list.
If you decide to use the MyAsthma facility, please make sure you consult your doctor or practice nurse first.
If you are interested in other Health apps for your computer, Iphone or Android etc. have a look here:-
Figures provided by the Alzheimer's Society show that diagnosis rates in the county are low compared to other parts of the country.
The data can be seen using the links below.
If you want to know more about dementia go to the Online Health Resources section and see the link to information about Dementia from there.