Join the Blood Bikes' Christmas toy run
Join Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes on Sunday 20 December as they make their way to the children's ward at King's Mill Hospital, delivering toys and games for children unfortunate enough to have to spend time in hospital over the festive period.
Last year was a toy collection only, but they are out on the bikes this year! If you can't make it, or you're not on two wheels, gifts can be left with them in advance. Full details are on their website (http://nottinghamshirebloodbikes.org/toyrun2015/) - including how to donate gifts.
Share the news and let's get plenty of bikes out for one final journey before the end of the year. The Toy Run is open to ALL bikes and riders, no restrictions, and their route(s) keep to A and B roads only, so even learners can tag along.
Discover the benefits of clinical research
23 November 2015
Local people will have the chance to find out about clinical research and how it could actively benefit health during an awareness event in the main entrance at King's Mill Hospital on 8 December.
Clinical research is the study of health and illness in people. It is a way of learning how to prevent, diagnose and treat illness and works out which treatments work better for patients. It means patients get access to new treatments, interventions and medicines, and investment in research means better, more cost-effective patient care.
Research nurses will be on hand between 10am and 2pm to provide facts on what research involves and how participating in research could lead to a better health outcome, as well as showcasing successful trials the Trust has already undertaken. They will also provide expert advice to people wishing to undertake research activities, and information on resources available to researchers to assist them to conduct clinical trials within their specialist areas.
The Trust is currently leading the way with research recruitment, signing up the highest number of patients out of 17 participating Trusts around the country to CANDIDA (Cancer Diagnosis Decision rules), a study coordinated by the University of Southampton, which aims to find what symptoms and examinations are best for predicting lung and bowel cancer.
Dominic Nash, Research Team Leader at the Trust, said: "Over the last year we have successfully recruited over 800 patients to research trials in many clinical areas across the Trust.
"Clinical research improves health outcomes and getting involved not only has the potential to benefit the people that take part, but also gives the opportunity to have a positive impact on the care and treatment of other patients in the future."
Be HIV aware - get yourself tested
11 November 2015
Sexual health specialists at Sherwood Forest Hospitals are urging more local people to have an HIV test if they think they have been put at risk of this serious disease.
In conjunction with National HIV Testing Week, which starts on 21 November, and World AIDS Day on 1 December, the Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) service based at King's Mill Hospital is raising awareness of the importance of HIV testing.
HIV attacks the immune system, and gradually causes damage, which over time can be complicated by the development of other serious additional infections and certain types of cancer.
The main ways HIV can be acquired or passed on to someone are:
· During unprotected sex
· By sharing injecting equipment
· From an HIV positive mother to her baby during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Dr Elizabeth Carlin, Service Director for Sexual Health and Consultant in the GUM service, said: "Effective treatments for HIV are now available that work by suppressing the activity of the HIV virus and reducing the damage to the immune system. With early diagnosis and the right treatment and care, someone with HIV can expect to live a normal life span.
"Many of those in the UK living with HIV are unaware that they have the condition so are not accessing treatment and care. This means that their long-term health is at risk and, unknowingly, they can risk passing the infection on to others."
National HIV Testing Week's official ambassador is television presenter Dr Christian Jessen. The awareness week aims to:
· Increase testing among England's key populations affected by HIV - these groups include gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and African people
· Increase awareness and acceptability of HIV testing among these groups
· Increase access to HIV testing in both community and statutory settings in order to improve early diagnosis and treatment of HIV (and thus reduce onward transmission).
Dr Carlin added: "We are striving towards the World AIDS Day's aim of 'Getting to Zero', namely zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. This awareness week offers us an excellent opportunity to promote HIV testing, raise awareness of the importance of regular testing and to increase the acceptability about HIV testing generally."
Sexual health services at Sherwood Forest Hospitals offer free and confidential advice, HIV testing and care. Telephone the Genitourinary Medicine Department at King's Mill Hospital on 01623 672260 to obtain advice or to book an appointment for a free HIV test.
Alzheimer's bus comes to King's Mill Hospital in support of the Dementia Care Appeal
9 November 2015
Patients and visitors are invited to come along on Wednesday 11 November 2015, to pay a visit to the Alzheimer’s bus, which will be on site at King's Mill Hospital 10am until 4pm.
The purpose of the visit is to promote general health awareness, offer advice and support, as well as a learning tool for staff, whilst also providing extra fundraising activities on the day in support of the Dementia Care Appeal. A cake bake and other stalls will also be on site.
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Occupational therapy to aid independence
9 November 2015
Sherwood Forest Hospitals supported National Occupational Therapy Week (2-8 November) by holding information stands to spread the word about the importance of occupational therapy, and to give a better understanding of how occupational therapists can help people on their road to recovery after illness or disability.
Therapists were on hand at King's Mill Hospital during the week giving members of the public, visitors and health professionals advice and information about how occupational therapy can make a positive impact to people's lives.
Catherine Dopson, Therapy Team Leader for the Trust, said: "Sometimes illness, accident or disability, getting older or a change in personal circumstances may mean it becomes more difficult to do some or all of the normal and usual occupations in life. Occupational therapists help people of all ages to find ways to carry out the occupations that are important to them. For example, managing to dress following a stroke or enabling someone with depression to reconnect with activities that they used to do."
Therapists can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and in people's own homes, schools, housing departments and prisons.
Catherine added: "By breaking down barriers which impede individuals in their everyday activities and restoring well-being and independence, people will have the confidence to live the full life they deserve."