January 30, 2014 -- Able Newsflash No.409

Care News

About 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease.

Smuggled cigarettes which are for sale are known as Illicit Whites and HM Revenue & Customs report that over 90% of large scale cigarette seizures are comprised of counterfeit, cheap whites and genuine non-UK brands

Illicit Whites are cigarettes manufactured for the sole purpose of being smuggled into and sold illegally in another market. They usually do not pay tax in the country where they are made. In most cases Illicit Whites are produced in countries outside the European Union, smuggled into the UK and sold at a street price of £2.50 to £3.00 per packet. Smokers are being cheated by black-market counterfeit products, which are of variable quality and taste. It is unlikely that counterfeit products will adhere to the rigorous standards set down by the UK Government for levels of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. They might also contain ingredients that are not in the Department of Health’s approved additives list.


Scotland’s community pharmacists are joining forces with the Stroke Association to tackle awareness of one of the country’s biggest health concerns.

Community Pharmacy Scotland and the charity are working on a Scottish Government backed awareness-raising campaign – using the network of more than 1250 community pharmacies around the country.

With hundreds of thousands of Scots visiting their local pharmacy every day, six days a week, the “Know Your Blood Pressure” poster and information campaign could help save many lives.

(Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the UK – causing almost 50,000 deaths with almost 5,000 of those in Scotland.)

Despite the huge numbers involved, far less is spent on tackling strokes than other major conditions. For example, for every cancer patient living in the UK £295 is spent each year on medical research – compared with just £22 a year for every stroke patient.


Buses play a vital role in enabling disabled people, including those who are blind or partially-sighted, to live more independent lives. But the worry of not being sure if you have got on the right bus, where you are on your journey, or when your stop is coming up, puts many people off using them. In London all 8000 buses have audio visual information on board as do a few other cities.e.g. Reading, Nottingham.

Guide Dogs is campaigning for a change in the law to make audio and visual information – including audible announcements of the current stop, next stop and final destination – available on board bus and coach services across the UK.

This will enable blind and partially-sighted people to use buses with confidence, and improve the experience of bus travel for all passengers. For further details visit: www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/campaigns/talkingbuses

Question of the Week

"I have a disability and I need to go into hospital for an operation, my first time, any tips?"

Answer : The Department of Health gives the following advice:

If you are disabled and you need hospital treatment, it is important that you inform the hospital about the nature of your disability and the extra support you need.

If your local doctor refers you for treatment, they will inform the hospital staff of your needs. You can also discuss your requirements with members of hospital staff when they complete your admission form on your arrival in hospital.

The admission form gives hospital staff an idea of how much help you may need during your stay in hospital. You might want to discuss;

Leaving hospital

If you are disabled, staff will arrange transport for you, if necessary, to return home when you leave the hospital.

Winter Tip

This is the time of year when paths are wet with rain, icy or have snow on them. Each year many older people fall often just a few yards from a back door. Many are injured and unless someone comes to call, may lay there for several hours with serious consequences.

If you know of an older person who lives alone, consider getting them to have an alarm pendant or bracelet, so that if they do fall, help can be summoned.

In-House News

Potential clients were visited in Cornwall, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Herefordshire, Norfolk and Scotland.

Monitoring visits took place in Hertfordshire, a review visit in the West Midlands and in Norfolk.

Review and assessment visits for seven clients took place in Scotland.

Potential live-in carers were interviewed in South Wales and in Devon.

New posts have commenced in:

The island of Jersey is setting up an Approved Provider List and last week David Gifford attended a meeting in St Helier.

I attended a two day Global Growth Management Course at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire sponsored by UKTI.

Interesting Information

All colds and most coughs and sore throats are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not work against viral infections.

In January 1970 the first Talking Newspaper was started in Aberystwyth, and recordings sent out to listeners in Cardiganshire. Now there are over 500 groups giving pleasure to over 100,000 people.

If you know someone who may enjoy listening to general and local news in their area, visit the web site www.tnauk.org.uk and you can locate your local talking newspaper.

Client Profile

Nell was an independent lady in her 80’s when she had a fall. After recovery and discharge from hospital, she decided to have a live-in care package for personal safety. Her live-in care package commenced in January 2013.

Nell is still independent but does have help with her domestic tasks, a little personal care and her carers enable her to keep her previously active social life safely.

Nell still runs her home and her first two carers are on her regular rota.


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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.
Telephone 01603 764567