May 19, 2011 -- Able Newsflash No.271

Care News

The Department of Health funded the 2009 FAST campaign which was to enable people to recognise stroke symptons FAST:If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999.

A speedy response can help reduce the damage to a person�s brain and improve their chances of a full recovery. A delay in getting help can result in death or long-term disabilities. However, new figures from the annual National Sentinel Stroke Audit, released show that the proportion of patients admitted to hospital within three hours of first symptoms, at 56 per cent, is "slightly worse than in 2008". The audit authors comment that these figures "suggest that the FAST advertising campaign has not had a dramatic effect on the behaviour of patients and the public".

At the present time it is not compulsory for owners of mobility scooter to take any statutory test to prove their competency to drive the vehicle and it is not compulsory for them to purchase third party insurance cover. A Department of Transport review in 2005 only recommended third party insurance.

In the news in the last few weeks it has been reported that a pensioner who was injured in an accident with a person driving a mobility scooter is to launch a personal injury compensation claim. The driver has no 3rd party insurance cover.

A Norfolk pharmacy has collected �211 of wasted medication in five days and has appealed to patients in the areas to only order what they need and will use. The wastage of medication is a growing problem on a nationwide basis.

Last November a Dept. Of Health commissioned report found that unused prescription medicines were costing the NHS in excess of �300million per annum in England.

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Suffolk, Hampshire and Norfolk. A new post has commenced in Norfolk for an older couple who require support. Care Manager is Jackie and the weekly wage is �603.00pw inc.

We welcome as a member of staff Claire Griffiths who has joined the company as a Care Manager.

Sadly one of our oldest clients has died this week. Continuous cover had been provided to Sarah since July 2003. Sarah died age 103.

Interesting Information / Statistics

A recent survey carried out by Standard Life has shown that 23% of the population of the UK intends to leave something in their will to a charity.

The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) is an organisation for people living with diabetes run by people living with diabetes. The organisation recognises that when one person in a family lives with diabetes, this affects other family members and they offer support to partners and parents.

The IDDT is a registered charity and was formed in 1994. The Trust was set up to look at some of the day to day difficulties of living with diabetes, the worries, fears and concerns that perhaps are not talked about at the hospital clinic.

The IDDT has a Helpline which is available from 9.00 am to 5.00pm, Monday to Fridays. HELPLINE telephone: 01604 622837

Question of the Week
"My Mother is having some continence problems but denies this is happening. I have suggested that she makes an appointment at her local surgery but she will not hear of it. I think the problem is that she has lived in the village for many years and knows everyone who works there. Could she go anywhere else for some advice that may help her?"

Answer : The NHS continence service, which is staffed by specialist nurses, can offer appointments without a GP referral. The organisation, Bladder and Bowel Foundation has services throughout the country and will give sympathetic advice and guidance. To find out her local or any other clinic contact you can visit their website at or contact them by phone: Helpline: 0845 345 0165 General enquiries: 01536 533255 Fax: 01536 533240 Or send an email to:

We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".

Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.