December 20, 2012 -- Able Newsflash No.353

Care News

Bowel Cancer Audit - Figures show that many bowel cancer patients do not get medical help until it is too late.

One in five is admitted as an emergency, presenting with severe and potentially life-threatening conditions, according to the National Bowel Cancer Audit.

Of 29,000 bowel cancer patients diagnosed in England and Wales between 2010 and 2011, 21.2% were admitted as an emergency. Nearly a third of these were not suitable for surgical intervention, meaning that their cancer was already too advanced to be operated on, according to the data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The latest Annual Report from the CRANE* database has shown an unacceptably high percentage of babies with cleft palate being diagnosed after the 24-hour mark. The CRANE Database was set up in 2000 in order to collect information on children born with a cleft lip and/or palate in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Database has two broad aims:

  1. To register birth and demographic data about all children born in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a cleft lip and/or palate.
  2. To record the treatment of these children and adults with a cleft lip and/or palate, and the outcomes of such treatment.

The latest report from the Database focuses mainly on children born in 2011, and found that while national standards state that clefts should be diagnosed within 24 hours of birth so families can be referred to specialist services, around 28% of babies with a cleft palate are diagnosed after this time, with 5% still undiagnosed after they are one month old.

The CRANE database is a record of information on adults and children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate throughout England and Wales.

The majority of the hospices in the UK are independent charities providing personally tailored care to approximately 360,000 patients annually. Care can be needed from just a few days to weeks to years.

The demand for hospice care is increasing and though it is estimated that 100,000 volunteers provide care and support, more are still needed.

A new report ‘Volunteers: vital to the future of hospice care’ can be found at:

??? Question of the Week ???

"I have just retired and would like to offer help to a relative who has a young child with challenging behaviour. I would like to get some background information, find out more about any issues before I make an offer of help and I would like to do this without contacting my niece. Can you point me in any helpful direction please?"

Answer : In 1997 The Challenging Behaviour Foundation was started by a Mum whose son had severe learning disabilities, and has gone on to provide help and information on a national basis. Their web site is and this gives you information regarding training courses, local area groups and much more.

Interesting Information / Statistics

An average of three people die every day from their asthma and around 90% of these deaths are preventable, making the number of asthma deaths in the UK among the highest in Europe.

It may prove to be unpopular with teachers, but a recent survey has revealed parents are most likely to take their child to the dentist during school hours.

Conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation, three in five people (60 per cent) said they would most likely take their child to the dentist during school hours. Three in ten (31 per cent) would opt to go during the school holidays while less than one in ten (9 per cent) would do during the weekend.
Source: British Dental health Association

In-House News

A potential client was visited in Surrey this week.

Exisiting clients were visited in Somerset and Herefordshire.

A team meeting took place in London

Client monitoring visits took place in Norfolk and a client review took place in Norfolk.

A potential live-in carer interview was held in Norwich.

Client Profile

Una, now in her 80’s, suffered a stroke early in 2009 and was to be discharged from hospital as soon as appropriate care could be put in place.

In March 2009, the family, after receiving information from a social worker approached Able Community Care to see if we could provide live-in carer cover in Una’s home as respite until a decision was made regarding future care for Una.

Care began early in the month and it was then decided that from April 2009 Una would be cared for at home via a live-in carer scheme. Since that time care has been continuous. Una has two regular carers who were first introduced to her in April 2011 and July 20111. Previous to that other, shorter length, rota’s had been in place.

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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.

The next edition will be with you on Thursday 3rd January 2013

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