Latest News — articles for February 2018

Top tips to help you, and those more vulnerable to the cold, stay warm and well

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

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Local doctors encourage women over 70 to be breast aware

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.”

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Plans to make best use of our community hospitals move a step closer

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

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