This is nothing to do with the proposed Care.Data programme NHS England are introducing a new electronic record called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The record is being introduced to improve safety and quality of patient care. As the SCR is electronic it will give healthcare staff faster and easier access to essential information about …
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Age UK London will soon be launching a new campaign called “Tell Me!” to improve local information for older people and we will keep you posted as we go along. You can help us develop the evidence for the campaign by answering a few questions about your experience of getting information locally, through this online …
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Don’t Forget Your Flu Jab

November 27th, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

It’s that time of year again – Don’t forget your flu jab! The flu jab is available to older people and individuals with certain clinical diseases as they are at greater risk of serious complications from flu and therefore it is very important you are protected. Apart from older people – people of any age …
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What is the Family and Friends test? It is a feedback form/email given to all patients who attend A & E departments across England, all patients admitted to NHS hospitals and maternity services. The test was launched in April 2013. So what do you think of the test? Have you ever looked up the results …
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is now inspecting Care Services to make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and to encourage care services to improve. The role of the CQC is to monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and …
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The NHS Stressline

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

Were you aware that the NHS has a Credit Crunch Stressline?  If you are worried about your finances, personal debt or job insecurity and it is causing you a great deal of distress, you can ring the NHS Stressline on 0300 123 2000 and speak to a trained health advisor. In particular, at the moment …
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12 – 19th October 2014 is Arthritis Awareness Week and Rica, a consumer research charity, is tackling the problem of packaging.      Packaging can be difficult for many disabled and older consumers to open and use, particularly if they live alone. There are 10 million people living with arthritis in the UK –  one in …
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We are all aware that the London Ambulance Service (LAS) is under a great deal of pressure due to the increased number of call outs and staff shortages. In order to explain the service they will be able to offer Londoners they have issued this information: People who call London Ambulance Service with minor injuries …
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To mark the fourth year of the National Dementia Declaration the Dementia Action Alliance is surveying people affected by dementia and professionals supporting them to find out whether current activity is leading to real changes on the ground. The survey will provide a snapshot of progress to date and can be completed in 10-30 minutes depending on …
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Research shows that loneliness and social isolation kill a comparable number of older people to smoking or heart disease. This article explores some of the causes in an urban environment and some of the challenges and solutions. It is not meant to be an exhaustive review of research or good practice but to help with the debate in …
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