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Council seeks volunteers to test innovative long-term condition tool

Do you have a long-term health condition?

Do you want to help yourself to better health and wellbeing?

Would you be willing to share your opinions on an exciting new project we’re developing in Kirklees?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ we’d like you to try our innovative, new website which has been designed for local people living with a long term health condition like diabetes, asthma, long term pain, anxiety or depression.

Managing a long term condition is never easy but with the right help and support, it is possible to learn to self-manage and lead a better quality of life.

To help you feel more in control of your health we’ve developed myhealth.tools which offers practical information, tools and coping skills so you can make better informed choices.

We need your help!

We’d like you to try myhealth.tools at one of our user testing sessions and tell us what you think about it.

Your feedback will help us shape the content before we launch it to the public.

We are holding sessions in the following locations:

Paddock Community Trust
• 30th September, 1.30pm to 3:30pm
• 1st October, 10am to 12 noon
• 1st October 1pm to 3pm

Disabled Peoples Electronic Village Hall (Dewsbury Town Hall)
• 8th October, 10am to 12 noon
• 8th October, 1pm to 3pm
• 10th October, 1pm to 3pm

The sessions are free of charge but space is limited.

To book your place or for more information, please contact:
Julie Hunneybell Phone: 07773763482
Email: Julie.hunneybell@kirklees.gov.uk

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Don’t forget your Bank Holiday medication

There’s another Bank Holiday coming up on Monday 26 May so it would be a good idea to make sure you don’t run out of your medication.

If  you need a pharmacy during the Bank Holiday you’ll find which one is open when here.

And the advice doctors gave for staying well over Easter applies all year round. You can read it again here.

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Changing Health is good news

Last week I explained that GPs do, in fact, do all sorts of work to benefit patients even when they’re not in surgery,  and this week we’ve got some evidence that our efforts are paying dividends.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released some analysis which shows that people in the UK are living in good health for longer. Healthy life expectancy (HLE) has increased by more than two years during 2008-10 (compared with 2005-07). The ONS figures also show that more than four-fifths of a lifetime in the UK is spent in good health from birth.

Now, I know we can often make statistics say what we want, but two things are very clear to me:  many of us are living longer, healthier lives and this fact must, in part, be related to improving health care.

The NHS emphasis on promoting healthy lifestyles over the past 15 to 20 years is now starting to show returns and should continue to have an effect on people’s wellbeing for years to come.  Then there’s the constant  campaigning to encourage patients to seek advice sooner rather than later  if they have a health concern. Well-managed long term conditions and swift intervention with diseases like cancer will have a direct impact on quality of life and life expectancy.

Health and wellbeing is a partnership:  if patients invest in themselves by living healthier lives (simple things like  stopping smoking, watching their weight and doing a bit of exercise) the NHS can provide the right care and support – in the right place – when its needed.

Appropriate care which gives the best clinical outcomes is a crucial part of the changing health landscape. The NHS needs to do things differently if patients are to get the best treatment. This means more care closer to home – why should patients have the inconvenience of a trip to a hospital outpatient department when the care they needs can be delivered in their local community?   It also means specialising – and this is a debate we’re going to have to have as the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust investigates how it can improve its services and remain financially viable.

Specialising is about developing clinical expertise which benefits a wide geographical area. That means people get access to the best consultants and surgeons who keep their skills and knowledge sharp by working with a constant flow of patients. It’s a great idea, but it can only be achieved if these specialists – and the expensive equipment they depend on – are located at one place. This means that some patients need to travel to access those services.

We’re seeing that beginning to happen locally with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals’ plans for revamping its Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic and Neurological Rehabilitation services. The future debate about the Trust’s services will be full of similar scenarios. There’ll be more about that in future blogs I’m sure.

For now,  if you want to know more about the ONS statistics which prompted this week’s blog, here’s the link.

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