Category : StaffAid

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.

Fourth resident at Northampton care home celebrates 100th birthday

  • Chris Easom
  • December 27, 2019

There must be something in the water at St Christopher’s Care Home as their fourth resident turns 100. Former clothes shop owner, Joan Gammage is not even the oldest resident. Nancy Summers, Edna Grant, Eileen Rouse also marked their milestones in 2019. Since Joan was born in 1919, she has experienced the aftermath of World War One, World War Two and has lived under four monarchs. Manager of St Christopher’s, Sarah Clarke, said: “She is a willing and enthusiastic participant in many of the Home’s weekly activities, and her beaming smile will cheer the dullest of days”.

Wheely nice surprise for Stroud care home Scarlet House

  • Chris Easom
  • December 11, 2019

A care home in Stroud enjoyed a surprise visit from a cyclist on a 580-mile charity ride. Care UK’s Scarlet House in Stroud, recently welcomed keen cyclist and charity fundraiser, David Merrett, who was pedalling from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was joined by friend and fellow cyclist, Kevin House, who was raising funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. The care home became a very special pit stop for David and Kevin as they took a well-earned break to visit David’s sister, Serena, a resident at Scarlet House, who has lived with multiple sclerosis for many years.

Lack of nurses leads NHS to rely on less qualified staff

Nurses are in such short supply in the UK that the NHS is relying on less qualified staff to plug the gaps, according to a new report. According to the Health Foundation charity, healthcare assistants and nursing assistants have been used to help with tasks that qualified nurses would normally carry out if there were enough of them. Numbers have been shored up for years by overseas recruitment – but Brexit has caused a drop in the number of those coming from the EU, the report says, so the health service is now taking more nurses from countries further afield, including India and the Philippines. The number of nursing vacancies across the NHS is 44,000 – 12% of the nursing workforce.

French elderly care home residents surf in Channel

An elderly care home in Brittany is encouraging residents to remain active in old age, by offering “surf therapy” lessons in the waves of the English Channel. The Ehpad (elderly care home) in Dol-de-Bretagne (Ille-et-Vilaine) now offers the sport to its residents, many of whom have eagerly taken part. “Surf therapy” requires participants to lie forward on their boards, rather than stand – and seeks to encourage confidence, agility, and wellbeing.

Taxi drivers take care home residents on free day trip

Residents and staff at a Bath care home were treated to a free taxi ride to a nearby farm as part of a fun day out. Taxi driver Paul Roles, a prominent figure around Bath, got in touch with Winfield Lodge Residential care home with the idea of giving its residents a day to remember. After Mr Roles acquired the help of fellow cabbies, Mike Bean and Stephen Lasota. Thanks to the taxi drivers, care home residents and staff were driven to Bath City Farm, and enjoyed a couple of hours of seeing the farm animals and a spot of tea and cake too.

Dementia care crisis ‘costing businesses £3.2bn’ as carers forced to quit jobs

A crisis in dementia care has cost businesses in England £3.2bn in the last year, according to a charity. Research by the Alzheimer’s Society looked into people who have had to quit jobs, reduce hours, or change working patterns to care for their loved ones.The charity said the figure was likely to double over the next 20 years to £6.3bn and are now calling on the government to deliver on their promise to end the dementia care crisis. “Up and down the country, families are desperately trying and often failing to get the good quality dementia care their loved ones need,” said Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes. “Instead, over 100,000 people have had no choice but to leave their jobs and try to care for their loved ones themselves. The knock-on cost to businesses is only going to get bigger, with more and more people set to develop dementia and no solution put in place to sort out social care. It’s devastating for people with dementia, devastating for their families and carers, a drain on the NHS and now we see how badly it’s affecting our economy.”

Are you geared up for this year’s Steampunk Festival in Lincoln?

The historic city of Lincoln will be transformed on August Bank Holiday weekend as the biggest and longest running Steampunk festival on Earth returns for the 11th year. The annual event which takes place between August 23rd -26th, celebrates a steam powered world in the late 19th century and attracts visitors from all over the world. So expect to see a swarm of people taking to the famous cobbled streets in top hats, flying goggles, corsets and flamboyant feathers. Over the holiday weekend, the city will play host to a full convention-style day programme with a fringe style programme of art, literature, music, fashion and comedy.

Lincoln nursing home shut down and up for sale

A Lincoln nursing home has been shut down and put up for auction amid complaints from staff over pay. Greetwell House Nursing Home could provide care for up to 25 people before it closed down for good on July 10th 2019. 26 staff members have been made redundant. It has since been put up for auction on the SDL Auctions website with a guide price of £870,000. Bidding opened on August 2nd. The care home was last inspected by the CQC in 2017 when it received an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’ but was rated ‘Good’ for being safe, effective and responsive.

Plans approved to expand Lincoln County Hospital in wake of growing demand

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust [ULHT] have submitted plans to extend their MRI department. The proposal includes a single storey extension to help provide extra room and facilities, including another MRI scanner. A ULHT spokesperson said: “The project is still in its very early stages and full costs are yet to be finalised and agreed.”

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