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.
Mental health matters in Southampton, and we should be able to talk about it anywhere. That’s why we're supporting Time to Talk Day this Thursday 1 February.
One in four of us will experience a mental health problem. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone for having a mental health problem.
Clinicians in Southampton have been celebrating the success of an innovative scheme in which consultants and GPs came together to help bring about greater integration between hospitals and GP surgeries.
The scheme, known as the GP-Consultant Liaison Scheme, involved consultants and GPs spending time in pairs shadowing one another in each other’s roles.