The Four Streets Project Community Coat rack in Chichester has been so successful it is now due to run past Christmas. The aim is to ensure that no one in the city or surrounding areas lacks a warm coat this winter. Founder; Donna Ockenden said ‘Our simple message is: If you have a spare coat in clean and good condition please leave it on the rack. If you need a coat please come and take one!’ Anyone wishing to donate a coat is asked to visit the rack, which will be kept underneath the portico of the city council’s Assembly Rooms in North Street.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council have launched a new survey which focuses on peoples experiences of the care they’ve received. The feedback received will help the NMC understand more about these experiences, which in turn will feed into their work to help shape better midwifery care. The survey is for the use of families who have recently used maternity services, not staff working within the services themselves.
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People suffering a mental health crisis will receive help within four hours, under NHS plans to give such problems the same priority as physical health. A 10-year-plan for the NHS is expected to put mental health at its centre, amid concerns about rising levels of anxiety and depression in younger generations. The new four-hour target will say those suffering acute crises should expect to wait a maximum of four hours for admission to an acute psychiatric ward or to be treated at home, following assessment.
Public Health England (PHE) is urging pregnant women and those over 65 to get the flu jab, after a fall in take-up compared to this time last year. Early indications suggest the vaccine will be more effective this year because it is well-matched to the predominant strain circulating. Uptake of the vaccine among pregnant women and those over 65, who are at a higher risk of flu complications, is lower than last year.
An audit has been published by Sands, Stillbirth and neonatal death charity, and Bliss, for babies born premature and sick. It reveals that most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate facilities to support grieving families. The report finds that despite instances of good practice by individual nurses and doctors across the country, many services are not set up to deliver consistent high quality bereavement care and health professionals are not getting the training and support they need to perform this vital role.Re
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Recent research has shown that having a first baby in your 30s can raise the risk of breast cancer for more than two decades. Five years after giving birth mothers are 80 per cent more likely to get breast cancer than childless women the same age and the risk is higher for those who start families later.
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England’s chief inspector of hospitals is calling for a change in culture within the NHS to reduce the number of patients who experience avoidable harm. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that too many people are being injured or suffering unnecessary harm because NHS staff are not supported by sufficient training, and because the complexity of the current patient safety system makes it difficult for staff to ensure that safety is an integral part of everything they do.
The National Bereavement Care Pathway programme, has published the wave 2 interim (baseline) evaluation report. The report, written by external evaluators Fiveways (www.fivewaysnp.com) follows on from the publication of the wave 1 (baseline) interim report in April of this year.
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There were an estimated 50,100 excess winter deaths in England and Wales in 2017/18 – the highest recorded since winter 1975/76, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. The number of winter deaths last year was at the highest level in more than 40 years after the failure of the flu jab.
There should be as big a focus on mental health as physical health in order to reduce the number of suicides, the health, social care and sport committee of Wales have said. The number of men who die by suicide should be considered a “national emergency” the AMs added. Last year, 278 men of 360 people took their own lives in Wales – the highest figure since 1981. 31 recommendations in a report on suicide prevention have been made and are being considered by the Welsh Government.
The National Assembly for Wales’ Public Accounts Committee has agreed to undertake an inquiry in to how two Tawel Fan inquiries could reach such different conclusions regarding the allegations of poor care, abuse and falsifying patient care records. Mental health services at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board are to be examined as the AM’s stated that the families of the patients affected “must be able to have confidence that the historic failings and current shortcomings in mental health care are being urgently addressed.”
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The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) has been in special measures for more than three years and Vaughan Gething AM (cabinet secretary for health and social care) and Aberconwy AM Janet Finch-Saunders have had a debate in the Senedd about progress.
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