March 28, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.366

Care News

The NHS Commissioning Board has announced plans to get 100,000 more people using the internet to improve their own health.

As part of a new partnership with the Online Centres Foundation, the commissioning board will provide funding to help develop existing UK Online Centres based in libraries, communities, centres and even pubs, so that they can become "digital health hubs".

The hubs will then provide training and support to help people go online for the first time and use websites such as NHS Choices. People will also eventually be encouraged to do more, including ordering repeat prescriptions online.

The move has come in response to fears that people who need NHS services the most are also least likely to be online. The NHS Commissioning Board was concerned that people over the age of 65 accounted for more than half of NHS spending, but 36 per cent of those over the age of 65 have never been online. In additional half of the 8 million people who have never used the internet have a disability.

Welsh hospitals have been left nearly £9m in wills in the past three financial years.

Health officials say the money is never expected, but can provide services which are not funded by the NHS.

The biggest single gift left last year was for £630,000 for palliative and community care in mid and south Powys.
(Source: BBC News) gives details of grants that are available for people with a disability.

They also have a further interesting page titled Disability Discounts which gives details of discounts that are available in some counties. Not all counties are represented at the moment but to give an example in Cornwall there are the following discounts advertised on the page:

Crealy Adventure Park
Carers go free • Reduced rate for special needs groups.

Lost Gardens of Heligan
Carers go free • Free disabled parking.

National Maritime Museum
Carers go free.

Newquay Zoo
Carers go free • Disabled child/adult reduced prices.

And there are further discounted ones in the County.

Question of the Week

"I am a disabled driver and I am happy about using my local Park and Ride because I know they have disabled facilities. I understand however this is not always the case. Is there a national helpline or something else that I could contact for when I drive to other parts of the country?"

Answer : There is an online directory of all the Park and Ride places in the UK and they have a button to use so you can find out if disabled facilities are available. There is also a great deal of other information on the site. Go to

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Bethlem Royal Hospital is a hospital for the treatment of mental illness located in London. It is recognised as Europe's first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses.

‘Famous’ people who have been patients there include:

Notes from The American Civil War:

The treatment of choice for broken or lacerated limbs was immediate amputation. The majority of patients were anaesthetized with chloroform, ether, nitrous oxide, or, at the very least, a glass of whiskey. When anaesthesia was unavailable, a cloth or bullet was placed in the patient's mouth for him to bite on, and he was held down by several strong orderlies while the doctor attended to the damaged limb with a knife and saw. Many field doctors could amputate a leg in less than two minutes. Following large battles with heavy casualties, doctors often worked non-stop for hours, tending to a seemingly endless stream of injured soldiers. Field hospital observers reported the grisly scene of severed limbs stacked like cordwood beside the operating table, waiting to be disposed of.

In-House News

A new post has commenced in Suffolk for an older couple needing support. Care Manager is Jackie and weekly wage is £515.00 inc.

An emergency cover was provided in The Channel Islands for an older gentleman with dementia. Care Manager is Sam, weekly wage is £600.00.

Client Profile

Kate and Thomas have been married for 60 years and have no children. Kate sadly had a stroke and her mobility is badly affected. Not wanting to move into residential care, Able Community Care were asked to provide a live-in carer scheme to help both Kate and Thomas stay in their own home.

Care commenced in September 2012 and has been continuous since then. Kate and Thomas’s first live in carer is now part of a regular rota with the second live-in carer who was introduced for the second fortnight.

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