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Monday, 16 October 2017

Why is the NHS under so much pressure?

When the NHS was set up in July 1948, it was to treat people with diseases.  Many of the diseases that would have killed people 65 years ago, have thankfully been cured or we have the ability to prevent, which is brilliant and we have all enjoyed the benefit of longevity.  That itself means people are living for longer, and possibly with illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, which in turn means ongoing treatment and specialist care.
NHS Crisis 
With an estimated ageing population of over one million people aged 65 years or over in the UK is it any wonder that Social Care and the NHS are feeling the pressure?

We all know that our NHS is under pressure. Whether we work in the health service, or rely on it to care for us and our loved ones, we can see the strain it’s under.

Then in July 2017 Theresa May pledged to oversee £85m in cuts to public health over the passage of the next year, this will of course in the long run cost the NHS more and have a damaging impact on the health and wellbeing of people in the UK. Despite nearly half of all hospitals in England declaring a major alert in the first week of the year, whereby the Prime Minister Theresa May admitted the NHS was under pressure.

This year alone we have had record levels of “bed blocking”, meaning elderly people with no medical need to be in hospital are stuck there.

Choose WellMeanwhile A&E are recording rising numbers of patients turning up and are calling on procedures to change whereby only a Dr or 101 call handlers can refer a person to A&E.

Despite regular adverts and information regarding the use of Pharmacies and Walk in Centres people are still insisting on taking up GP surgeries waiting rooms – partly fuelled by the ageing population.

A shortage of GP’s mean waiting times have gotten longer and frustrations have grown.

The poster on the left is to demonstrate which services should be used for which ailment.

2017 Flu

The Mummy Dementia has written often on the topic of Flu

But it seems that even the NHS are not 100% convinced that the Flu Vaccine may not protect the old!

Amid fears the vaccination may fail to protect the elderly, Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of NHS England, said he fears hospitals will be "inundated" with cases, despite attempts to bolster services.

fluposterStatistically however, last year’s jab had zero effectiveness among the over 65’s.

In a bid to try and protect the elderly, those who come into contact with pensioners (more than one million care home workers) will now be offered the jab, to reduce levels of transmission to vulnerable residents.

According to officials this year’s vaccine is similar to last year’s, which failed to effectively counter strains like those which have recently proved virulent in Australia.

In my simple and uneducated opinion this does not seem like a good resource nor NHS money well spent.

1.    How can anyone predict a flu virus which is forever evolving – you can’t predict its next phase.
2.    If the flu vaccine failed last year in the over 65’s bracket then how is the NHS expecting it to be any better this year?
3.    It’s 2017 and we still can’t protect our young and old from the flu, why?

As winter approaches it is worth reminding ourselves that flu can have serious and even fatal consequences.

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smile: living with dementia

I don’t often share other blogs but I was shared a blog this week which made me think. The article was very short but raised many more questions than I had answers for.  It was entitled Reasons to smile and explained the power of the Smile and the simplicity of such a simple natural response.

Why do we smile?

What makes us smile?

Why in dementia does a simple smile of comfort or concern mean so much more?
smile: living with dementia

I have many reasons to smile, my children, my husband, my family and friends. I still have adventure and I still have come of my memories.  But why then does smiling become so hard, why the do we become glum? As we fast approach the Christmas Season, I find myself excited and smiling a lot more but after, I feel the dark of depression and return to my smile less face.

It’s not personal, and I do have better moments where a hint of a smile will tip the corners of my mouth.

From a carers point of view, you can convey so much with a simple smile.  A smile is a powerful nonverbal communication tool.

In dementia the ability to smile often disappears.  It seems as though the body and mind disconnect from the muscles and forget how to raise a seemingly reflective movement.  Sadly, in others who lack social awareness, fail to experience and this disconnects the trigger to smile.

So what makes you smile today? And how will you consciously smile tomorrow?