Category : Lincolnshire-Nursing-Agency

NHS Nightingale becomes world’s largest critical care unit

Prince Charles will open the new 4,000-bed NHS Nightingale later today – less than two weeks after work started on the giant specialist coronavirus field hospital. With 80 wards, the temporary facility at the ExCel Centre in London’s Docklands is now the largest critical care unit in the world. Soldiers, carpenters, stewards and volunteers have worked around the clock to ensure NHS Nightingale could be ready for use in record time.

Three elderly Salford women move in together as they don’t want to self-isolate alone.

  • Chris Easom
  • April 3, 2020

Although many elderly people in the UK are preparing to self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic, three friends have decided they won’t be doing it alone.

Doreen Burns, Carol Spark and Dotty Robinson from Salford, Greater Manchester, have known each other for over 40 years. They plan to isolate together in the same home in an attempt to combat loneliness. Not only do they have all of their favourite series on Netflix to watch while self-isolating, but they also have a ‘supply of wine in’. Apparently, it was the only thing they’ve been panic buying!

Care workers move into Sheffield dementia home to shield residents

A group of care workers have left their families and moved into a care home for a “lock-in” with residents to help protect them from the coronavirus. At Bridgedale House, in Sheffield, nine staff members have packed their bags and said goodbye to loved ones in order to move into the facility full-time, reducing the risk of them infecting vulnerable residents. The care home is now effectively locked down, with staff members staying put and no visitors allowed, although family members can leave letters and gifts outside the main door.

Hero nurse, 62, who is coming out of retirement to lead London’s coronavirus hospital

A retired nurse is going back to work to head up the new Nightingale Hospital that will care for thousands of patients. Deirdre Barr, 62, has been appointed director of operations at the newly established ExCel national emergency medical centre in East London. Deirdre, of Derry, Northern Ireland, is a former St John Ambulance cadet who went on to dedicate 40 years of her life to the NHS.

Student nurse rescues pensioner struggling amongst panic shoppers in Stanley.

  • Chris Easom
  • March 29, 2020

Samantha Stanfield, a first year nursing student at the University of Sunderland, spotted an older man in difficulty whilst shopping in a supermarket near her home in Stanley. Realising he was in distress, the 31-year-old student asked the pensioner if she could help.

The man explained he was his poorly wife’s only carer, and he had come shopping because he was worried there would be no food left and he felt a responsibility to make sure she was okay. She helped him get everything on his list, pack his bags, and finally secure a taxi home before returning to her own shopping.

Her kindness has inspired others to pull together packages for neighbours who may be forced into self-isolation in the coming weeks.

NHS ‘no chance of training enough staff’

The NHS in England has no chance of training enough GPs and nurses to solve the shortages it faces, experts say. A report by three leading think tanks predicts that in the next five years nurse shortages will double and GP gaps nearly treble, without radical action. The Nuffield Trust, Health Foundation and King’s Fund says a combination of international recruitment, student grants and innovation is needed. Current figures suggest there’s more than 30,000 extra nurses needed and almost 3,000 GPs. The think tanks say on current trends this will rise to nearly 70,000 nurses and more than 7,000 GPs within five years.

Wales care crisis: ‘We’ve been trying to get him home for months’

Bryan Jones is a resident at a care home in the Welsh border town of Chepstow. The 75-year-old is keen to go back to his beloved house near Tintern Abbey, but Monmouthshire county council has been unable to arrange any home care for him for five months. “I want to get back to living a normal life … or as normal life as I can,” he says. “I miss my friends dropping in and going on the bus to get my shopping. I can run my own affairs from home – I’m not used to people holding my hand.” These problems are not just confined to Monmouthshire. Wales is the country with the oldest population in the UK, with the number of over-75s due to increase by 70% and over-85s expected to double by 2040.

Adult Care crisis deepens 

The number of care providers cutting support for vulnerable adults has doubled in the last year because of financial pressures, a charity has said. Research by Hft, which supports adults with learning disabilities, suggested 20% of the 80 providers surveyed had offered care to fewer people in order to balance the books or meet rising wage bills. A third of those questioned had cut staff, while almost half had shut parts of their organisation. Billy Davis, public affairs and policy manager for Hft, said the sad reality was that the social care sector has “run out of options”.

Number of over 85s in UK to double in 25 years

  • Chris Easom
  • February 14, 2020

The number of over 85s in the UK is set to double within the next 25 years new data reveals. In mid 2018, there were 1.6 million people aged 85 years and over; by mid 2043, this is projected to nearly double to 3 million. The data has prompted concern from elderly care charities and campaigners who fear that an ageing population is set to deepen an ever-worsening social care crisis.

Chart success for Edinburgh dementia patient and carer

  • Chris Easom
  • February 10, 2020

When Margaret Mackie, 83, and Jamie Lee Morley, 31, sang Frank Sinatra’s My Way at a Christmas party, they had no idea they would make it into the charts. The video of Ms Mackie, who has dementia, performing the song with her carer went viral in December last year. The pair, who both live in Edinburgh, have now recorded an official single to raise money for dementia charities. They are trying to get the song to number one, with all of the proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia UK.

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