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Women urged to take part in health survey

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are asking more women to take part in a health survey. So far they have received more than 2,000 responses to the system-wide survey, but they would like to get more women from the county and mid-Wales to respond.

Through a Press Release received by the Trust, we have been asked to share the following:

“The survey is the first of its kind in the county and mid-Wales and there is still time to have your say with the survey closing on Monday 28 February.

A Women’s Health Project Group made up of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales set up the women’s health survey to try to find out the reasons why some women are not coming forward for screening and asking for help with the menopause.

Today (Monday 14 February) also sees the launch of the Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign which highlights the benefits of cervical screening and reminds people that it can help stop cancer before it starts.

The campaign, which has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, encourages those eligible for screening between the ages of 25 and 64 to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP Practice if they missed their last one.

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer.

Part of the women’s health survey looks at cancer screening services for women, as locally the number of women coming forward for breast and cervical screening services has been falling. The aim of the survey is to find out what local women know about screening, what they feel about taking part and what barriers they may face when they are invited to a screening appointment.

The second section of this survey looks at menopause as on average half of women aged 45-65 who have experienced the menopause in the past 10 years, have not consulted a healthcare professional about their menopausal symptoms. The group would like to know more about how much women living locally know about the menopause, how it affects them and their experience of healthcare and what can be done to improve this.

Dr Priya George, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: “Thank you to all those women who have taken the time to complete this survey and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had the chance yet to do so as soon as they can. This is a real chance for local women to let us know if there are any reasons they are not coming forward for cancer screening or for getting advice and support through menopause.

“We would like to find out more about your general awareness of the screening programme, and about menopause, and to understand any barriers that prevent you from being tested and getting expert advice and support when you need it. With this valuable information, we would like to further improve our women’s health services and make them more accessible to everyone.”

The link for the survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is available here. All information provided for the survey will be anonymous.

Once the survey results are collated they will be analysed and shared with NHS providers and patient representatives to see how improvements can be made to services and encourage more women to have screening and seek help with the menopause.

For any more information on the survey or paper copies of the survey email sath.engagement@nhs.net or ring 01743 261000 ext 2390.

Also, if you would like to be involved in any future workshops around Women’s Health, please email sath.engagement@nhs.net .

For more information on cervical screening visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

Women urged to take part in health survey

Start Date:
1st February 2022

End Date:
28th February 2022

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust are asking more women to take part in a health survey. So far they have received more than 2,000 responses to the system-wide survey, but they would like to get more women from the county and mid-Wales to respond.

Through a Press Release received by the Trust, we have been asked to share the following:

“The survey is the first of its kind in the county and mid-Wales and there is still time to have your say with the survey closing on Monday 28 February.

A Women’s Health Project Group made up of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) and patient representatives across the county and mid-Wales set up the women’s health survey to try to find out the reasons why some women are not coming forward for screening and asking for help with the menopause.

Today (Monday 14 February) also sees the launch of the Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Campaign which highlights the benefits of cervical screening and reminds people that it can help stop cancer before it starts.

The campaign, which has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement, encourages those eligible for screening between the ages of 25 and 64 to respond to their cervical screening invitation letters and to book an appointment at their GP Practice if they missed their last one.

Two women die every day from cervical cancer in England. Yet it is one of the most preventable cancers and getting screened can help stop it before it starts. Screening checks for certain types of the HPV virus that can cause cell changes to your cervix. Cell changes are easily treated and this prevents cervical cancer.

Part of the women’s health survey looks at cancer screening services for women, as locally the number of women coming forward for breast and cervical screening services has been falling. The aim of the survey is to find out what local women know about screening, what they feel about taking part and what barriers they may face when they are invited to a screening appointment.

The second section of this survey looks at menopause as on average half of women aged 45-65 who have experienced the menopause in the past 10 years, have not consulted a healthcare professional about their menopausal symptoms. The group would like to know more about how much women living locally know about the menopause, how it affects them and their experience of healthcare and what can be done to improve this.

Dr Priya George, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group Clinical Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: “Thank you to all those women who have taken the time to complete this survey and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had the chance yet to do so as soon as they can. This is a real chance for local women to let us know if there are any reasons they are not coming forward for cancer screening or for getting advice and support through menopause.

“We would like to find out more about your general awareness of the screening programme, and about menopause, and to understand any barriers that prevent you from being tested and getting expert advice and support when you need it. With this valuable information, we would like to further improve our women’s health services and make them more accessible to everyone.”

The link for the survey, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, is available here. All information provided for the survey will be anonymous.

Once the survey results are collated they will be analysed and shared with NHS providers and patient representatives to see how improvements can be made to services and encourage more women to have screening and seek help with the menopause.

For any more information on the survey or paper copies of the survey email sath.engagement@nhs.net or ring 01743 261000 ext 2390.

Also, if you would like to be involved in any future workshops around Women’s Health, please email sath.engagement@nhs.net .

For more information on cervical screening visit the NHS website www.nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

Have you used Pain Management services in the county of Shropshire?

Start Date:
13th July 2021

End Date:
31st August 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

What a pain? If you have used Pain Management services in Shropshire in the last 2 years?  Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear from you.

Healthwatch Shropshire are currently looking at pain management services within the county, in the context of the ongoing transformation of MSK services.  Connect Health currently deliver pain management services within Shropshire through face-to-face clinics held in Shrewsbury but at the moment mainly using phone or online appointments.

Healthwatch Shropshire want to hear about your experiences of using the pain management service.  If you have ongoing pain issues which you have been unable to get help for, either due to the pandemic or because of other barriers, they would like to hear about this too.

Steve Trechard, Executive Director of Transformation for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin CCGs said ‘Across our communities we’re keen to hear peoples’ experiences of the Pain Management Services to help inform our future service developments.  Hearing directly from people who have used services is the best way to understand how well we’re doing, but more importantly where we need to make improvements.  The NHS and Local Care has been significantly impacted by the Covid Pandemic.  We want to hear from you about a range of issues, from how you would like to best access services, how information is best delivered, how we might use digital technology and how we can make our services more joined up.  We’d be grateful if you could spare some time to complete the Healthwatch survey or tell them about your experience.’

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer for Healthwatch Shropshire, told us ‘We really want to hear from people who have been using pain management services as we know that the health system is listening. This is an opportunity for your voice to count and be heard as services are developed.’

How to tell of your experience on pain management services in Shropshire.

  • People can go online to https://healthwatchshropshire.uk.engagementhq.com/pain-management-services to complete the survey, join the discussion in the online forum or leave a story about their experiences with ongoing pain and pain management services.
  • Telephone: You can also telephone Healthwatch Shropshire on 01743 237884 to speak to a member of the team and complete the survey over the phone if you wish.

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

Living Well with Bowel Cancer

Start Date:
19th June 2021

End Date:
19th June 2021

Start Time:
1030

End Time:
1400

Event title: Living Well with Bowel Cancer
Venue: Virtual Patient Event
Weblink: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/
Name: Bowel Cancer UK
Email: admin@bowelcanceruk.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7940 1760
Event description: Join our free virtual patient event on Saturday 19 June 2021 from 10.30am to 2pm.

Hosted on Zoom, this free information and support event is for anyone affected by bowel cancer. You’ll hear about how to cope with your cancer diagnosis, live better with bowel cancer and managing the side effects of treatment from experts including:

  • Dr Philippa Kaye, a GP who writes a weekly column in Woman magazine and is regularly seen on ITV’s This Morning, will be sharing her personal experience of bowel cancer.
  • Robin Muir, a Clinical Psychologist at Maggie’s Manchester, will talk about coping with a cancer diagnosis and tips to help manage the disease.
  • Darren Fernandes, Clinical Fellow in Gastroenterology, will cover how to cope with the side effects of treatment.

It’s also an opportunity to hear from other people affected by bowel cancer and share your experiences with others. The event will end with a relaxing wellbeing session.

To join the event you’ll need a working laptop, computer, smartphone or tablet with sound and a camera. Your device will need to be connected to the internet.

Live Well with Bowel Cancer

Download the agenda for the day at this link:  Agenda_virtual_patient_event_day_Saturday_19_June_2021

Register for this event at this link: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/how-we-can-help/supportevents/living-well-with-bowel-cancer-virtual-patient-event/registration/

To find out more about Bowel Cancer UK go to their website: https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Macmillan Support Groups and Grants

Macmillan Support Grants, up to £5,000

All applications are welcome to support people living with and affected by cancer in response to Covid-19, in particular those that are supporting all communities to help overcome the social effects during this time.

Information about the Support Grants

For more information, please contact Jean Garner (Macmillan Engagement Lead) on 07458 009689. Or please email: jgarner@macmillan.org.uk

Disabled People feel they are being treated unfairly by the NHS

SDN shares this information from Disability Rights UK. It provides disturbing facts on the views and experiences of  how people with a disability feel they have been treated during the Covid19 pandemic. We thank Disability Rights UK for sharing this information.

Disability Rights UK surveyed 195 people in late June and early July on their experience accessing medical treatment during the pandemic. 191 respondents reported having a disability or long term health condition, 80% (156) of whom reported delays to their treatment as a result of the pandemic.

Respondents reported the following issues because of delays to treatment. Respondents often had more than one issue, the two most common being the worsening of the condition requiring treatment and pain. People reported the following issues as a result of treatment delays:

Worsening of the condition 106
Pain 104
Mental distress 83
Lack of mobility 79
Problems seeing or hearing 18

Less than a 3rd of respondents (30.5%) believed that the NHS understood their personal situation. The number reporting they believed they were being treated fairly was slightly higher: 37.8% of respondents. However that means a large majority of respondents did not feel the NHS understood their personal situation, nor did they feel they were being treated fairly.

Respondents expressed frustration with poor communication from NHS services. Respondents reported appointments being cancelled or indefinitely postponed on short notice, and no information on when treatments or services would resume.

Are you shielding? The rules have changed!

Over 2 million people have been isolating because they are extremely vulnerable and need maximum protection from covid19. The rules have now been lifted enabling you to go outside once a day with those who live with you. If you live on your own, you can meet with one person but you must social distance (ie 2 metres apart) Only meet if you feel safe to do so.

If you feel ill, stay at home and call your GP or get advice from NHS 111. Remember in an emergency you can still call 999. 

Shielding Update June 2020

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Please remember the to: Stay alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives.

We can all help to control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

How is Home Care working in Shropshire?

Start Date:
2nd December 2019

End Date:
31st January 2020

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Healthwatch Shropshire have issued a media release requesting service user’s experience of Home Care (Domiciliary Care ie carers visiting your home to help you) in Shropshire to share their experience on how domiciliary care is working for you. Note: If you take part in the survey or communicate with Healthwatch Shropshire on this topic, your personal details ie name/address/telephone number or anything that identifies you, will not be disclosed to anyone.

Healthwatch Shropshire, the local health and social care consumer champion, is asking those receiving home care in Shropshire to tell them about their experiences.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said “Provision of home care comes with it’s challenges particularly in rural areas. We would like to know about the service users experiences across Shropshire. We hope to build a picture of how care at home works in Shropshire, identifying good practice and if there is anything that could be improved.

Healthwatch Shropshire have an online survey, click here to take part:   https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/home-care-questionnaireor contact Healthwatch Shropshire directly by email to enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk or 01743 237884”

To download and print the press release, click here: Home Care project PR

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

[1] ‘Home care in England: Views from commissioners and providers’, The Kings Fund, December 2018. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-12/Home-care-in-England-report.pdf

Macmillan Courses taking place in the Midlands 2019

Macmillan have a number of courses taking place during 2019. They are all free to attend.

Courses for Everyone is for those in the wider cancer workforce, including voluntary and community sector, care and nursing homes, paid staff and volunteers.  There are also courses for People living with cancer, they range from Building Confidence to Return to Work to Managing Anxiety.

Click this link to download a copy of the programme: Macmillan_NB_Midlands_Training Prospectus_2019_Online V2

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact Jean Garner, Macmillan Engagement Lead for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Herefordshire and Worcestershire by text/calling 07531 310897 or email jgarner@macmillan.org.uk  

 

Pearl House Shropshire (Cancer Support in Shropshire)

Website: http://www.pearlhouseshropshire.co.uk/

Email: PearlHouseShropshire@gmail.com

Telephone: 01743 850002

Address: Unit 1, Rent A Space,The Market Place, Battlefield Road, Shrewsbury SY1 4AN

Pearl House Shropshire is a community interest facility on the outskirts of Shrewsbury. Initially it was set up to help those who have been diagnosed with cancer. 

Pearl House offers a quiet place to relax, read, take part in activities such as arts, crafts, hobbies, talks, therapies and workshops. The aim is to offer a stress free environment, away from hospitals and medical centres away from clinical settings. We offer a counselling service.

In order to be self funding, we have sections within our premises offering items for sale, including jewellery and gifts as well as Forever Living products and we provide a resident lingerie fitting service. This provides much needed commissions on a sale or return basis, which helps fund what we offer, as well as the cost of our premises. The non-wired, well stocked lingerie section is run by an experienced, qualified bra fitter. This is a “by appointment” only service, enabling you the privacy and time needed, whether your requirement is for fashion, every day, post op, maternity, liquid & gel bras, teenage or sport.

Note: It is advisable to contact us before visiting as opening times vary according to the availability of our volunteers and the varying events schedule we have.

Find us on Face Book @pearlhouseshropshire and twitter @pearlhouseshrop