Thank you to all health and care staff who have been busy working through the day and night to help us stay well and keep warm at GP practices, in hospital, out in the community, on the roads and answering your calls.We have heard some amazing stories of the efforts staff and the community have gone to in the snow. If you know of a local health, care or community Southampton #snowhero please do let us know so we can make sure they get the thanks they deserve!As the cold weather looks set to stay over the weekend, please take care out there. For advice to help you, and those more vulnerable to the cold, stay warm and well visit www.nhs.uk/Livewell/winterhealth/Pages/KeepWarmKeepWell.aspx. Southampton City Council also has lots of useful local information on their website including advice on helping the homeless, support to keep your home warm and updates on travel in the city: www.southampton.gov.uk/news/article.aspx?id=tcm:63-398559.
With a cold snap forecast this week, it is important to keep warm both inside and outdoors.
Cold weather can affect your health. When the temperature drops, some people are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke, flu, pneumonia, falls and injuries, and hypothermia. Cold weather can also affect people with mental health conditions, such as depression and dementia.
It is also important to look out for neighbours, friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold and check they have warm food and drinks available and are managing to heat their homes adequately. These tips are useful for you and especially to those more vulnerable to the cold.
With one in three women with breast cancer aged over 70, local GPs are encouraging older women to be breast aware and know the symptoms of breast cancer.
Dr Mark Kelsey, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group said “This campaign is targeted at older women as one in three women who get breast cancer are over 70.
Here in Southampton around 55 women aged over 70 are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and around 21 women die of the condition per year*.
We are encouraging all women to get to know how their breasts look and feel normally so that it is easier to spot anything unusual. If you do notice any changes, tell your doctor straight away as finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable.”
Last month our governing body discussed looking into how to make best use of our community hospitals in Southampton, by co-locating our physical rehab beds for older people with those for older people with mental health problems at the Western, and in turn releasing space at the RSH for several new care developments.
This would involve relocating rehabilitation wards from Royal South Hants Hospitals into a new, purpose-built accommodation at the Western Community Hospital, increasing bed numbers and providing modern facilities. Find out more.
Do you know the signs of stroke?
Make sure you know the signs to look out for by using the simple F.A.S.T test – Face, Arms, Speech, Time. If you spot any one of these signs, call 999 immediately.
Find out more at www.nhs.uk/actfast.