January 17, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.356
The Health and Social Care Centre is the national source of NHS, health and social care information. They collect, process, link, analyse and publish national information for health and social care communities in England.
Recent information from the centre:
- Women underestimate their weight by five pounds on average.
- Men underestimate their weight by about three pounds.
- Nearly half of parents of obese children thought their child was ‘about the right weight’.
- With reference to chronic pain 40% of men and 44% of women reported chronic pain in the poorest households compared to 24% of men and 30% of women in the richest households. (Chronic pain is defined as pain or discomfort that troubles a person all of the time, or on and off for more than three months).
The Health and Safety Executive has issued the following information for the year 2011/2012
- 1.1 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness
- 173 workers killed at work
- 111 000 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR
- 212 000 over-3-day absence injuries occurred (LFS)
- 27 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
- Workplace injuries and ill health (excluding cancer) cost society an estimated £13.4 billion in 2010/11
Seventeen NHS hospitals are among 26 healthcare providers in England failing to operate with safe staffing levels, the Care Quality Commission has said.The health watchdog issued the hospitals with warnings in November, after carrying out inspections. About 16% of hospitals failed to come up to the necessary level.
??? Question of the Week ???
"My local hospital has not had very good reviews and I feel uneasy about seeing a consultant or having an operation there if the need arises. Would my GP surgery book me there as a matter of course or can I ask for my operation to be done elsewhere?"
Answer : If you need to go to hospital to see a specialist, you have the right to choose which hospital you're referred to by your GP. This legal right, which was introduced in April 2009, and lets you choose from any hospital offering a suitable treatment that meets NHS standards and costs. You can choose a hospital according to what matters most to you, whether it's location, waiting times, reputation, clinical performance, visiting policies, parking facilities or patients’ comments.
However, there may be exceptions such as if you need emergency treatment, cancer, mental health care, etc.
Interesting Information / Statistics
In the year from September 2011 to August 2012 there were:
- 92.2 million outpatient appointments made, with 73.7 million (80.0%) of these attended by the patient.
- 6.8 million outpatient appointments not attended by the patient, representing 7.4% of all appointments.
Potential clients have been visited in Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, Surrey and the West Midlands.
We have visited existing clients in Norfolk and Greater Manchester.
A potential live-in carer was interviewed in Cornwall.
Sadly a client died this week. We had been providing continuous, live in care to him since August 2010. He had a regular rota and his first carer in August 2010 was in post when he died.
Denise was diagnosed with MS when she was in her early 20’s. Eleven years later in order to remain living in her own home a live-in carer service was advised.
Able Community Care began providing a continuous service from that date.
Denise has two regular, main carers, one who joined her rota in 2007 and her second carer joined in 2010.
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Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.