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Helston Christmas Bazaar!

Nothing starts the Christmas season like a festive fair!

Don't miss the Christmas Bazaar - Helston Community Hospital: Saturday 5th December 2015, from 2 - 4pm.

Come along and meet Father Christmas! There will also be a tombola, raffle, stalls and festive carols.

Last chance this week if you'd like to book a stall; please contact Leisa Songhurst by 27 November. Stalls are £10.

To book your stall and for more information phone: 01326 430215
or email: leisa.songhurst@nhs.net.

26 November 2015
Noro cases confirmed locally.

A health expert is asking people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to take some simple steps to help beat a distressing stomach bug after the first confirmed local cases were reported as winter approaches.

Norovirus – which lays people low with unpleasant symptoms such as sickness, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, a temperature, headache and aching limbs – is easily spread and peaks during the winter.

25 November 2015
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Healthcare provider to 'pass it on' to reduce getting the flu this winter!

Peninsula Community Health is helping to fight influenza (flu) this year with a staff initiative to help boost the uptake level of the seasonal flu vaccination.

Healthcare teams around the County are working to increase the number of staff having their flu vaccination with a new campaign which could see staff win fantastic prizes.

23 November 2015
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Top tips for self-care this winter

People in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are being encouraged to take care of their own health – when appropriate – this winter.

Dr Iain Chorlton, Chairman of NHS Kernow, the GP-led body responsible for planning and buying healthcare for the local population, said: “Self-care means looking after your health and knowing how to take medicines, treat minor illnesses and seek help when you need it. 

23 November 2015
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Congratulations to our EPP team!

Congratulations to Elaine Curno and her team in our Expert Patient Programme (EPP) for becoming finalists at this year’s prestigious Health Service Journal Awards!

Nominated for the Compassionate Care Award, the EPP provides training and support for adults who are living with a long-term health condition and to learn how to manage their condition better on a daily basis.

20 November 2015
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Volunteer scoops health award at Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering Awards!

Volunteer Befriender Barry Bendell, who works at Stratton Community Hospital, has won the Volunteer Cornwall, Cornwall Celebrates Volunteering health category award!

With now having 100 volunteers working in Peninsula Community Health, all three of the shortlisted persons were volunteers working in community hospitals and in the local community at Peninsula Community Health.

Barry Bendell, who won the award, works as part of the Volunteer Befriender Scheme to provide comfort to patients in Stratton Community Hospital.

19 November 2015
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Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day!

Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is here, marking a national initiative to raise the awareness of pressure ulcers throughout November.

Nearly 700,000 patients are affected by pressure ulcers each year in the UK with vulnerable people over the age of 75 most at risk. Pressure ulcers are extremely uncomfortable, with more severe cases resulting in serious harm to the body and even death, but shockingly, research suggests that 80-95% of cases are preventable. 

19 November 2015
World COPD day tomorrow!

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a name used to describe a number of health conditions which affect the lungs, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  In the UK there are more than 3 million people living with the condition, of which only about 900,000 have been diagnosed.*

People with COPD can find it difficult to breathe and often struggle with everyday tasks, but living well with COPD is possible with the correct support. Often the main cause is smoking and usually affects people over the age of 35 who are, or who have been heavy smokers.

17 November 2015
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Peninsula Community Health bags half of the accolades at recent awards

Peninsula Community Health scooped half of the awards up for grabs at this year’s NHS South West Leadership Awards in Bristol on Friday 13 November. 

16 November 2015
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PCH celebrating a month of awards!

We will be celebrating a month of awards this November having been shortlisted for 10 national awards!

Awards ceremonies will kick off on Wednesday 11 November with the Western Morning New Business Awards. Shortlisted for ‘Employer of the Year’, we have strived to build on our 2014 title of ‘Health Service Journal 100 Best Places to Work’ award.

10 November 2015
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10 ways to make a difference this winter.

When the cold weather sets in you can make a difference by looking in on a neighbour who is elderly or vulnerable.

Richard Bragg, who trains Royal Voluntary Service volunteers, says: "If you use your common sense and have a friendly, positive and respectful attitude, your offer of help will generally be well received and really appreciated by the majority of old people."

 

If you'd like to help, here are 10 ways you can make a huge difference.

10 November 2015
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Congratulations Chrissy!

Congratulations to Chrissy Coles, Clinical Trainer for Peninsula Community Health, who has received her Professional Certificate in Education.

Chrissy studied a 2 year programme through Greenwich University to achieve her qualification, and attended her graduation ceremony at Truro cathedral on 23 October.

Congratulations again on 2 years of hard work and your fantastic achievement.

 

05 November 2015
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Keeping well this winter

With the darker evenings and cooler days here, cold weather doesn't have to go hand in hand with illness. Here are some simple things you can do to help yourself stay well this winter. 

Keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia.

Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.

Get a flu jab – flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are at risk, pregnant women, carers and some young children to ensure that they are protected against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You can visit Cornwall Council's website for more advice on staying well this winter and view their guide to winter wellbeing here. 

02 November 2015
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Very first pallative care room opens on Harbour Ward

After 2 years of fundraising Bodmin Community Hospital’s Harbour Ward opened its very first Palliative Care Room on Friday 30 October.

Determined staff from Harbour Ward at the community hospital have been fundraising to fund a single room situated on Harbour Ward for patients who are at the end of their life and are unable to go home 

Funds have been raised through a bingo evening; tea and cake afternoons and even a car wash! Funds have also been donated from patients, charities and the final donation came from the funeral of the step-father of Staff Nurse, Hannah Winter-Baker who was cared for and passed away in the room

02 November 2015