Category : Lincolnshire-Nursing-Agency

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.

Long NHS waits help drive more patients to pay for private surgery

  • Chris Easom
  • January 27, 2020

The number of British people choosing to pay for private hospital surgery has soared with the total amount spent doubling in six years to £1.1bn. Widespread NHS rationing of treatments and record waiting lists have helped deliver a 7.4 per cent real-terms growth in self-paying patients between 2014 and 2018. Experts forecast the self-pay market for operations will continue to grow from £1.1bn in 2018 to £1.3bn by 2021

Lincolnshire hospitals ‘underfunded’

Lincolnshire’s hospital trust is underfunded and in need of “consistent” financial support, according to Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell. United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Lincoln County Hospital and Boston Pilgrim Hospital, is currently in financial and quality special measures with a deficit target of £70 million for 2019/20. The health service in the county also needs £450,000,000 for backlog maintenance and to fund future healthcare plans.

NHS A&E departments suffer worst performance on record

  • Chris Easom
  • January 10, 2020

NHS accident and emergency departments in England recorded their lowest-ever performance in December. The latest figures show 79.8% of patients were seen within four hours in all A&E departments last month, compared with 81.4% in November 2019 and 86.5% in December 2018. It comes as pressures on the health service continue to grow. The number of patients visiting A&E departments in December increased 6.5% on the same month last year, with 2,181,024 people attending. There were 560,801 emergency admissions in the month, 2.9% higher than the same month last year.

There were 4.6 million people on the waiting list to start treatment as of the end of November 2019, up from 4.4 million.

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