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20Jun 2016

Press Release 20/06/2016

IAP32981When MedAid Services was started in 2011 we didn’t want to be just another first aid provider, we wanted to do things differently. We started out small and grew as the company developed. We’re not the biggest medical service provider, and we don’t want to be but we are passionate about helping people and simply want to provide the highest quality service and care to our customers and patients.

When our Operations Director founded MedAid Services, he had a very clear vision of what he wanted the company to accomplish. He wanted the company to be known for its honesty, integrity and perseverance.

  • Be trustworthy and honest in all we do.
  • Ensure that our patient’s safety and medical care is our first concern.
  • Ensure that all individuals who have cause to interact with MedAid Services will be treated in a respectful, professional and fair manner.
  • Ensure the highest quality possible in all of the services we deliver.

But it’s not just our customers and patients we want to help, we want to support our local communities too. Our “Social Good” programme has allowed us to do this by

  • providing discounted first aid cover to local charities and fundraising events, helping more money to be raised for good causes.
  • providing reduced first aid training courses to local organisations and small businesses.

To further enhance this, we have setup a new charity called the MedAid Services Community Initiative. The Community Initiative has been established to act as a health promotion charity with the mission to provide free education and basic first aid training to local communities, commission new community public access defibrillators and provide support to local groups wanting to fundraise for their own defibrillator.

Not everything will be delivered through our charity, hence why our Social Good programme operates within our charity and core business.

We will soon be launching our DefibTrac system. A free online system allowing responder and community groups to manage their Community Public Access Defibrillators. Stay tuned to our website and social media for more information.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

MedAid Services Ltd – www.medaidservices.co.uk
MedAid Services Community Initiative – www.mascommunityinitiative.org.uk
DefibTrac – www.defibtrac.co.uk

16Jun 2016

Shropshire students get ‘sugar smart’ for Diabetes Week

News from Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group

With Diabetes Week upon us, students at a Shropshire school have been challenged to be ‘sugar smart’ when it comes what they eat.

Shropshire’s Young Health Champions visited the Community College in Bishop’s Castle to deliver a series of interactive workshops, designed to get students thinking about diabetes.

Students learned about the different types of diabetes and the symptoms linked to the condition. They also took part in the Young Health Champions’ ‘Supermarket Sweep’ – where students had to guess which food items contained the highest amount of sugar.

Students were also taught about food labelling, and what their recommended daily amount of sugar looks like in sugar cubes. For children over the age of 11, the recommended daily amount of sugar is 30g (1oz) – about 8 sugar cubes. They were surprised to learn that some of the most popular soft drinks contain at least that amount per can, if not more.

The visit coincided with Diabetes Week (12-18 June), which aims to raise awareness of the condition which affects an estimated 3.5 million people across the UK.

Shropshire Young Health Champion Erica Richards, 16, is a Year 11 student at the Community College Bishop’s Castle. She said: “All the students really enjoyed the session at the Community College. With Diabetes Week upon us, it was a great time to speak to other young people about type 2 diabetes, and what we can all do to reduce the risk of developing it. The workshops were really fun and it was good to see my peers responding so well.  I hope we can do more of these sessions in the near future.”

The workshops follow on from the Young Health Champions successful ‘Diabeat it’ project, which aims to make young people in the county more aware of the dangers of type 2 diabetes.

Last year, the group also teamed up with rap artist Leo Golden Child to write and produce ‘The Dia-BEAT-it Shuffle’, a song and dance that encouraged young people to ’shake and shuffle’ more to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The Young Health Champions’ effort can be viewed below:

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Karen Higgins, Young Health Champions Project Manager said: “Our Young Health Champions are great at getting the message across and engaging with their peers. There was clearly a lot of enthusiasm from the students at the Community College and it was encouraging to see how much they already knew about the causes of type 2 diabetes. The session will also be delivered in Craven Arms and Market Drayton”

Alan Doust, Headteacher at the Community College, said: “Our students responded very well to these fun and interactive workshops. The fact that it is young people who are driving this project really makes a difference and it has certainly given our pupils food for through in terms of the amount of sugar they consume.”

http://www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk/news/shropshire-students-get-sugar-smart-for-diabetes-week-3627/

14Jun 2016

Diabetes Awareness Week 2016: 12-18 June

Diabetes Awareness Week 2016

Setting the record straight

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common health condition caused by either inadequate or absent levels of the hormone insulin, which then results in high levels of glucose in the blood.

Did you know?

The word diabetes is derived from Greek and means ‘a siphoning of water through the body’.

Types of diabetes

Type 1 – This develops when the insulin-producing cells have been destroyed by the body’s immune system and the body is therefore unable to produce any insulin. It usually appears before the age of 40, especially in childhood and may be triggered by a viral or other type of infection.

Type 2 – This develops when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or when the insulin that it does produce doesn’t work properly.  It usually appears in people over 40, though in South Asian people who are at greater risk, it can appear from the age of 25.  It is becoming increasingly common in children and young people of all ethnicities.

This is treated with a healthy diet and regular physical activity, but medication and/or insulin is often required.

You are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if:

  • you’re overweight or have a high Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • you have a large waist (more than 80cm/31.5 inches in women, 94 cm/37 inches in men or 90cm/35 inches in South Asian men)
  • you’re from an African-Caribbean, Black African, Chinese or South Asian background and over 25
  • you’re from another ethnic background and over 40
  • you have a parent, brother or sister with diabetes
  • you have ever had high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke
  • you have a history of polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes or have given birth to a baby over 10 pounds/4.5kg
  • you suffer from schizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression, or you are taking anti-psychotic medication

Diabetes UK has an online self-assessment regarding risk which can be found here.

Symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes

  • passing urine frequently (especially at night)
  • unexplained weight loss
  • increased thirst
  • slow healing of wounds
  • increased lethargy
  • blurred vision

Follow this link for further facts and to read some common myths about diabetes.

13Jun 2016

Men’s Health Week 2016: 13-19 June

Men's Health Week 2016

We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it?

This is the theme of Men’s Health Week 2016.

It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious.

This year, one in four of us will develop a mental health problem. That is odds of 3 to 1. Or about the same as France or Germany winning the Euro 2016 football. In other words, it’s likely to happen sooner or later if we let stress build.

There are many things we can do to beat stress: exercise, sing, dance, laugh, play or listen to music, paint, write, volunteer, learn something new and lots more. Tell us what you do. Let’s talk.

The message to men: talk about how you beat stress, talk about what causes it. Talk to your mates, talk to your family. And if you want to talk to a professional try the Men’s Health Forum’s new Beat Stress service – free text chat with experts trained in beating stress, no names, no hassle. The Men’s Health Forum be launching the service during the week.

For further information, visit www.menshealthforum.org.uk/mhw