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1Oct 2019

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is NOT a heart attack.

It shows no favouritism – it can strike anyone, at any age, at any time, in any place!

In the UK, 250 PEOPLE A DAY are affected & only ~8% SURVIVE.

In most cases the only chance of survival is IMMEDIATE CPR and shocks from an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). For each minute that elapses from the on-set until the first shock, the chance of survival DECREASES 10%

That is why it is so important that EVERYONE learns how to do CPR and how to use an AED so that others may have the same chance that members of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK did!

Even if someone SURVIVES an SCA the repercussions can be far-reaching, not only for the survivor but also those involved in the rescue, partners and family members. Recovery is often a roller coaster and many can feel quite alone, hence being a member of Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK can really help.

For more info on SCA UK visit https://www.suddencardiacarrestuk.org/

19Dec 2018

Where to get health advice over Christmas and New Year

The NHS is reminding residents in Shropshire where they can access expert medical treatment to help them stay well over the Christmas and New Year holiday.

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising local people to consider the options for healthcare and ensure they are aware of GP practices and pharmacy opening times.

If people need urgent medical help but not emergency care this winter NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Simply call 111 for free from your landline or mobile to access advice.

GP surgeries in Shropshire will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, GP extended access will mean during the Christmas and New Year period Shropshire registered patients will have access to a limited number of routine GP appointments on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. To book one of these appointments please speak to your GP practice during their normal opening hours.

Many pharmacies have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year so it is important to order and collect any repeat prescription in plenty of time.

Shropshire pharmacy opening times over the Christmas and New Year 2018/19 period can be found here.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG, said:

It is important to be prepared for the Christmas and New Year holiday. If you have a prescription check your medication to make sure you have enough for the extended festive break. If you need a repeat prescription organise it now and make sure you pick it up before the busy Christmas period.

We can all help ourselves stay well by having a flu jab (available on the NHS if you are in one of the high risk groups), keeping warm, taking cold and flu remedies if we need them, and by keeping an eye out for elderly family members and neighbours.

If you are not sure which NHS service to turn to for support, call 111 for fast, free medical advice day or night, seven days a week.

Please be aware that the Walk In Centre (Urgent Care Centre) at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will be open every day from 8am to 8pm including the bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) for anyone who needs urgent medical attention if they cannot get an appointment with their own doctor or are not registered with a GP practice. No appointment is necessary.

The Walk In Centre can help with a whole range of symptoms including children with high temperatures, anyone with breathing problems, severe headaches, abdominal pain and painful infections through to mild injuries and burns.

Please do not forget that Accident and Emergency at your local hospital should not be used unless it is for critical or life threatening illness or injury.

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit nhs.uk/staywell.

Click here to download pharmacy opening hours over the Christmas holidays.*

* Times and dates correct at time of writing.

7Sep 2017

World First Aid Day – 9 September 2017

Second Saturday in September every year: Raising awareness of how first aid can save lives.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) introduced World First Aid Day in 2000.

Each year, more than 100 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies around the world organise events and ceremonies on the second Saturday of September to raise public awareness of how first aid can save lives in everyday and crisis situations. The IFRC believes that first aid should be accessible to all – including the most vulnerable, and should also be an integral part of a wider developmental approach.

You can find out more on the IFRC website. There is also a useful First aid learning for young people website produced by the British Red Cross.

8May 2017

Standard sign for AEDs

Both the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the British Heart Foundation are committed to saving lives through ensuring more people survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest from increased public education and awareness.

Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) – where members of the lay public deliver defibrillation to a cardiac arrest victim before the arrival of the emergency services – can lead to substantially improved survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

In 2006, the Resuscitation Council (UK) BLS/AED Subcommittee designed a standard sign to indicate the presence of an automated external defibrillator (AED) to increase the opportunities for PAD. This design fulfilled the requirements of the European Union as far as colour, shape, and content are concerned, and was accepted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) announced in 2008 that it had approved a universal AED sign, similar to, but not the same as, the UK version.

2Jan 2017

citizenAID App Now Available for Download

The Countdown to the citizenAID App is OVER!

The free App provides you with a clear and simple series of immediate actions to help organise others at the scene and to give life-saving care while waiting for the professionals to arrive.

Why not start 2017 with a resolution to be prepared? Downloads available from Google Play and Apple Store.