Monthly Archives: December 2012

Coroner’s call for back-up telephone plans for medical centres

A coroner is to write to NHS Norfolk and Waveney to emphasise the importance of surgeries having back-up plans should their telephone systems fail.

By RICHARD WOOD Thursday, December 13, 2012
9:34 AM

Suffolk coroner Peter Dean is writing to the primary care trust after Beccles Medical Centre was left without its incoming phone line for more than 24 hours in July last year, and on the same day a 77-year-old patient from Worlingham died.

Dr Dean said that the medical centre were not at fault for the woman’s death, which was of natural causes, but said it was important that plans were in place when there were any problems at surgeries.

Festive reception for Carnon Carers

 Carers in Cornwall enjoying a Christmas reception

CARNON CARERS enjoyed a Christmas reception with Falmouth mayor Geoffrey Evans.

Members provided the food and Mr Evans the drinks, saying: “The group provides a fantastic support network to members of our community.”

  1. Carnon Carers sharing their Christmas reception with Falmouth mayor Geoffrey Evans.

    Carnon Carers sharing their Christmas reception with Falmouth mayor Geoffrey Evans.

Sandra Tregidgo, secretary of the group, said: “The aim of the group is to make the carers feel they are still a person.

“You can become a carer overnight with no training at all, even neighbours can become carers. Although an isolated profession, it is an extremely rewarding one.”

For more information, contact Mrs Tregidgo on 01326 376208.

The Positive Aspects of Care Homes In Dementia Support

Guest blog from  JasonTucker

Often family members can feel guilty

When a person is diagnosed with dementia it has an enormous impact on their family. Many of those who suffer with dementia are elderly and may well have been caregivers throughout their adult life as parents and grandparents, but as the condition takes hold the roles become reversed as they need increasing amounts of care.

At first family members will often try to provide this care themselves, along with help from dementia support services and charities. Dementia is a multi-faceted condition and symptoms include memory loss, impaired reasoning and communication skills as well as a general struggle with day to day activities. Because of these effects sufferers often become disorientated, frightened and can sometimes become violent, risking harm to themselves and others. As the condition progresses the level of care required can become too much for even the most devoted and patient family members. At this point seeking long-stay care in a residential or nursing home can be the best move.