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December 2015

30Dec 2015

Daughter cancels ambulance call for her ‘dead’ mum, actually ‘just drunk’

Greater Manchester Police tweeted the unusual call and that mother and daughter were in ‘high spirits’.

A woman who requested an ambulance for her ‘dead’ mother was surprised when she woke up, apparently merely intoxicated.

The emergency call to GMP Radcliffe on Monday asked for and then quickly cancelled an ambulance when the mum woke up and took the phone.

GMP Radcliffe tweeted, “Mother then woke up & came on the line to say she didn’t want an ambulance ……”

The mother was not dead, just drunk. In a second Tweet GMP Radcliffee tweeted, “Both in high spirits now!!!”

25Dec 2015

NHS Choir defeat Justin Bieber to secure the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1

The NHS Choir claim the festive chart crown after a week-long tussle with Justin Bieber.

They’ve only gone and done it! The NHS Choir topple global pop heavyweight Justin Bieber to secure the UK’s Official Christmas Number 1 2015.

It’s been the closest festive chart battle witnessed since Rage Against The Machine’s scintillating victory over The X Factor’s Joe McElderry in 2009, but the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir today claim the coveted yuletide chart crown with their charity single A Bridge Over You.

The choir jingle all the way to the Official Chart’s Christmas top spot today with total combined chart sales of 127,000, nearly 31,000 ahead of their rival.

Watch the NHS Choir celebrate being crowned this year’s Christmas Number 1 below:

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Following a thrilling week-long tussle which saw the choir racing neck and neck with Bieber right down to the final whistle, the NHS Choir tell OfficialCharts.com:

We are absolutely overwhelmed and couldn’t be any happier!

It’s a brilliant celebration for the NHS across the country so well done and thank you everyone for downloading and streaming. A massive cheer for the NHS, thank you!

Despite leading the race at the beginning of the chart week by 5,000 copies, the choristers’ early lead narrowed after 48 hrs to just over 2,000 copies, and by day 3 (Monday) the tide had turned in favour of the Canadian pop superstar.

By Tuesday it was looking like Bieber might have the race locked down as his advantage extended to 7,000 chart sales, but then the choir’s appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show that morning helped them claw back ground, the gap once again narrowed overnight, leaving a nail-biting 662 copies between the two contenders on Wednesday morning’s sales flash.

In a dramatic turn of events Bieber then tweeted his support to his NHS rivals, whose campaign supports the hard work done by doctors, nurses, midwives and many others in the NHS, with proceeds set to be donated to a selection of charities including Carers UK and mental health charity Mind.

All is not lost for Bieber though, as he still claims 3 positions in the Official Chart Top 10 with Love Yourself (2), Sorry (3) and What Do You Mean (5) to round off his remarkable year in pop.

Other notable race contenders this year included unsigned act Stormzy, whose #ShutUpForXmasNo1 campaign sees him finish at Number 9 this week, and X Factor winner, Louisa Johnson is at 12 with her winner’s single Forever Young.

And finally, five festive classics appear in this week’s Top 40: Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (11), Pogues’ Fairytale Of New York(13), Wham’s Last Christmas (18), Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (27), Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas (29) and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas? (38).

Source: OfficialCharts.com

23Dec 2015

Make sure elderly neighbours stay well over Christmas

News from Shropshire Council

With the festive season almost upon us, residents in Shropshire are being asked to take time to check on elderly neighbours who may be alone or vulnerable this Christmas.

Many older people may find themselves on their own for the first time this year due to the loss of a loved one, or they may have families who do not live nearby.

The current campaign by Age UK, “No One Should Have No One at Christmas”, highlights more than a million older people have not spoken to a friend, neighbour or family member for a month.

If you know your neighbour, or relative even, is in hospital and is ready to be discharged, see how you can help them home for Christmas. Research shows that patients are much happier in their own homes than in a hospital ward over the festive period, and it helps aid their recovery.

So, how can you help?

  • Call in and say “Hello” – let your elderly neighbours know you are available to help them. Provide them with your telephone number to reach you if needed.
  • Check on prescriptions – make sure they have adequate supplies of repeat prescriptions and medications to cover them during the holiday period.
  • Food supplies – check that they are adequately stocked with food supplies for the festive period. Fresh milk, bread and butter are staples that will save them leaving the house if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
  • Heating – talk to them about the importance of being warm. Check that their heating and other utility supplies are working properly. Ensure they have emergency contact details in the event of any problems.
  • Invite them round for Christmas dinner or another family meal – help them enjoy their Christmas too.

Karen Calder, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, and Chair of Shropshire’s Health and Well-being Board, said:

The festive season is usually a time for celebration for many families, but for too many older people it can reinforce feelings of loneliness and loss. This can not only make you feel miserable, but can also have an impact on your physical and mental health too.

We can all play an important role in ensuring older people feel valued and included, and taking the time to call in and check on them when they possibly most need help can make all the difference. It can also potentially help to prevent serious health issues affecting them.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, added:

Winter can be a very challenging time for our must vulnerable residents, and it really saddens me to think there are elderly citizens in Shropshire who will be alone and vulnerable during this time of year.

We can all play a part and become a good neighbour to the elderly people in our communities. If you have elderly people living close to you, it’s better to be overly concerned and make sure that everything is OK, than it is to realise that an elderly neighbour may have been ill or injured in their home and unable to contact anyone.

I know everyone is so busy preparing for the forthcoming festivities. But please spare a thought for our elderly residents and be a good neighbour.

To find out more about Age UK’s “No One Should Have No One at Christmas”, visit http://www.ageuk.org.uk/no-one/

For more information on how to stay safe and well over winter, visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/stay-safe-and-well-this-winter/.

22Dec 2015

New Community Initiative

The MedAid Services Community Initiative is the new name for the MedAid Services Community Outreach Programme.

The Community Initiative has been set up as a charitable organisation to better meet the needs of the organisation and local community. All funds and activities undertaken by the Community Outreach Programme have been transferred over to the Community Initiative.

Further information will be published here as we further develop the Community Initiative on our new journey.

For further information or to contact the The MedAid Services Community Initiative, please email community@medaidservices.co.uk.

22Dec 2015

A&E Visits For Alcohol Poisoning Double

The number of teenage girls going to A&E with suspected alcohol poisoning is one-and-a-half times the rate of their male counterparts, according to a study.

Overall attendances for alcohol poisoning in England have doubled over six years, according to the Nuffield Trust, which warns of a “stark challenge” for the NHS.

It says they have gone up from 72.7 per 100,000 of population in 2008/9, to 148.8 in 2013/14 – some 65,882 cases.

Young people (15 to 24) had the highest rates of A&E alcohol poisoning visits, according to their research.

In particular, the rate for 15-19-year-old females was one and half times that of men the same age – 357.6 per 100,000, compared to 259.4 in 2013/14.

Total in-patients admissions in England – including those related to long-term, chronic drinking – increased by over 63% in nine years, reaching 255,567.

Men are more likely to be admitted than women and – in contrast to specific alcohol poisoning cases – the 45 to 64 age group makes up most booze-related admissions.

The report also found people living in poorer areas were far more likely to need help – rates were four times higher for those living in the 20% most deprived areas.

However, the true number of alcohol-related admissions could actually be much higher

The study did not count cases where alcohol was a contributing factor, such as falls, domestic violence and heart disease.

Joint author of the report Claire Currie said alcohol was adding significant pressure to an already stretched NHS and urged the Government to do more.

She said: “Our research has uncovered a picture of rising and avoidable activity in hospitals, representing a stark challenge for the Health Service at a time when it’s already great pressure.

“Hospitals alone cannot tackle this issue – the Government must consider measures such as minimum unit pricing, restricting availability and limiting marketing and advertising.”

22Dec 2015

Pedestrians – take care on the roads this Christmas

With the shortest day of the year upon us, the Safer Roads Partnership is reminding pedestrians to think about their safety on the roads this Christmas – particularly during hours of darkness.

With Christmas just days away, this week will be an extremely busy one – both for shoppers during the day and with partygoers at night. The Safer Roads Partnership is reminding everyone who is out and about this week as a pedestrian to take care, particularly during dark mornings and evenings when it is more difficult for other road users to see you. Pedestrians are encouraged to ensure they are visible to motorists, use pedestrian crossings where possible – especially on multi carriageways and unlit roads – and take extra care not to stray on to the road if they’ve been out drinking.

Motorists are also being urged to take extra care. There will be a huge number of cars, buses and taxis on the roads this week and all motorists are being asked to look out for other road users who may be more vulnerable, particularly at night when it’s dark and pedestrians may be coming out of pubs and clubs after drinking.

Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership said

We’re encouraging all road users to share the road responsibly over the festive season, and reminding pedestrians to take extra caution – particularly at this time of year when daylight hours are at their fewest and the roads are very busy. Sadly, three pedestrians have lost their lives in West Mercia since the beginning of November. With Christmas week upon us, it’s important that all road users take extra care, think about their own safety and be aware – and show consideration – of each other.

22Dec 2015

Police issue warning over MDMA tablets

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police are warning people of the dangers of taking any illegal drugs and the risks associated with not knowing the content of what they are taking.

There are believed to be MDMA tablets in circulation which are larger and have a higher level of purity than normal. The tablets, as pictured, are yellow and have what appears to be the TESLA logo.

DCI Ally Wright said:

It is not only illegal to buy and sell drugs but can also be very dangerous, and potentially fatal. We are urging the public not to be tempted to take any illegal drugs – you don’t know what they are made of, where they have come from or what effects they may have on you.

However, it is our duty to alert people to the fact that there appears to be a particular batch of MDMA tablets in circulation which are larger than normal and have a significantly higher purity of MDMA, this means that the health risk associated with taking these tablets could be even higher.

We would encourage people who have information about the supply of illegal substances to contact us by calling 101, or they can do this anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Information on drug abuse is available by calling FRANK on 0300 123 6600 or visiting www.talktofrank.com

17Dec 2015

Christmas Availability/Opening Hours

We still have limited availability over the Christmas and New Year period for event medical cover, however our office will be running a limited service from 3PM 24th December 2015 to 3rd January 2016.

Should you need to contact us, please use our Urgent Event Medical Cover Request form on our website for all requests and the on-call Duty Manager will contact you back as soon as possible.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

3Dec 2015

Small Business Saturday: 5th December

This Saturday is Small Business Saturday (5th December 2015), and once again, this year MedAid Services are supporting and taking part.

Small Business Saturday exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses on the 5th December and beyond. From Small Business Saturday 2014:

  • 48% of UK consumers were aware of the day
  • Over 1.5 million Facebook views and #SmallBizSatUK trending top 3 all day
  • 40% of all Local Authorities supported the campaign
  • Over £460 million was spent in small businesses on the day

Swap from your usual chain supplier to an independent business? In support of Small Business Saturday, MedAid Services are offering 15% off all new Event Cover quotations and Training Course enquiries made on Saturday 5th December and Sunday 6th December 2015. So why not take this opportunity to book courses and events for next year?