September 28, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.341

Care News

Hard-hitting new campaign highlights the importance of first aid

St John Ambulance has launched a new campaign, 'Helpless', including a new TV advert, which highlights that up to 140,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have helped save their lives - as many as die from cancer.

The film, which first aired during ITV1's Downton Abbey on Sunday 16 September, follows the journey of a man who is diagnosed with cancer, undergoes treatment, and survives only to die as a result of choking at a family gathering because no one knows the basic first aid that could have saved his life.

Research reveals ignorance about lack of first aid - The campaign comes on the back of new research from St John Ambulance showing that over four times as many of us think more people die from cancer than a lack of first aid – when there is compelling evidence to take both equally seriously.Source: St John’s Ambulance

Mixed-sex accommodation breaches for hospitals in England have fallen by 99 per cent since monitoring started almost two years ago, according to data published by the Department of Health. In August 2012 there were only 160 breaches – occasions where patients were unjustifiably placed in mixed-sex accommodation – down from 11,802 in December 2010 when the data was first collected.

Specialist palliative care community services are leading to more people being able to die at home, according to a new report published by the National Council for Palliative Care and the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.

Latest figures from the new 2010/11 Minimum Data Set for Specialist Palliative Care Services (MDS) report show that a third of those receiving specialist palliative care in 2010/11 died at home, compared with just one in five nationally. This is the third successive year that the proportion of deaths at home has increased for people using community specialist palliative care services.

? ? ? Question of the Week ? ? ?

"Could you please tell me about an NHS Wheelchair Voucher?"

Answer : Since 1996 a wheelchair voucher scheme has been available. If you have been assessed as needing a wheelchair, on an individual basis, the cost of the appropriate wheelchair offered to you by the NHS, can be given to you in the value of a voucher. The idea is to give you a greater choice in the wheelchair you would like to choose for yourself.

The voucher can then be used to acquire an NHS wheelchair or you can use the voucher towards payment of a chair that you wish to buy privately.

However, the NHS wheelchair service does not offer the voucher scheme in all areas so you would need to check with your local health centres/PCT to see if there is a scheme in existence in your local area and if other specifications with reference to the use of the voucher are in force. The voucher is non taxable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

Interesting Information / Statistics

The new Wiltshire Farm Foods brochure is out and gives clear guidance with reference to the meals supplied in respect to: For a copy of their latest meals brochure telephone 0800 773 773 or visit

Statistics from Age UK indicate that there are currently nearly 900,000 people in the UK working past the age of 64 and nearly 8 million people aged 50-64 who are employed or actively seeking employment.

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