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First Contact Physiotherapist joins The Meadows

I would like to introduce you to our new online/telephone physiotherapist, Marta Oblazewicz, who has joined the practice as part of the South West Shropshire Primary Care Network team.
She will be working with us on a Thursday online or by telephone. If you would like to make an appointment with her all you need to do is call the practice and ask for an appointment with her. There is no need to speak to a Doctor or nurse first.
Marta qualified in Poland in 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy. During her career she has gained experience in private clinics and hospitals in London and Malta.
For the last 2 years she has been working in 4 GP surgeries in London.
Marta has a wide variety of physiotherapy interests from pain management, sport injuries to post surgery rehabilitation.
She has been in the physiotherapy field over 10 years and she have always had a passion to help improve the lives of others.
Welcome to Marta!
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COVID Clinic at Clun Fire Station

We are pleased to advise you that there will be a COVID vaccination clinic at Clun Fire Station on Wednesday 29 June, 11am - 4pm.
This is a walk in clinic for anyone 18+ who needs a 1st, 2nd, 3rd dose, booster or 75+ spring booster.
The Spring booster campaign is coming to an end at the end of June so don't miss out.

NHS urges people to lower their risk of Type 2 diabetes

23 May 2022

This week (23 – 29 May) is Diabetes Prevention Week and is a joint campaign from NHS England and Diabetes UK. The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are encouraging people across the county to know their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and act now.

What is diabetes?

  • Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes. If current trends persist, 1 in 10 people will develop Type 2 diabetes by 2035.
  • Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce doesn’t work properly (insulin resistance). It can be a combination of both.

What are the risk factors?

  • Your age. The older you are, the greater your risk is likely to be.
  • Your family history. You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Your ethnicity. You’re more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you’re over 25 and from a Chinese, South Asian, Black Caribbean or Black African ethnic background.
  • Your weight. You are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you carry excess weight or have obesity.
  • Your blood pressure. You’re more at risk if you’ve ever had high blood pressure.

How can we lower our risk?

  • The first thing you need to do is to find out if you are at risk of developing the condition. You can do this by using the Diabetes UK risk tool – it only takes a few minutes and could be the most important thing you do today.
  • You’ll be asked a series of questions to identify if you are at a low, moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Make sure to have a tape measure handy as you’ll need to measure your waist.
  • If you’re at moderate or high risk, you’ll be invited to sign up to your free local Healthier You

What support is available?

  • Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious condition but there are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk of developing it such as achieving a healthy weight, getting more physically active and eating healthy food.
  • Your free local Healthier You programme can support you in taking action in all these areas.
  • Making changes now can lower your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

What is the Healthier You programme?

  • If you’re at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes you may be eligible to join your free local Healthier You
  • The Healthier You programme provides personalised support to help you put your health back in your hands and reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
  • From helping you eat well, to tips on achieving a healthy weight and physical activity – the service is here to support you on your journey back to a healthier you.
  • To help you keep focused and motivated on your goals, you’ll have access to trained health coaches, and you’ll be able to meet other people in your area who are also trying to reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes.
  • We know it can be tough to make lifestyle changes but with the right help it is possible to make the simple changes that can significantly reduce your risk. Do it for yourself and also do it for the people who care about you.

#HealthierHack
The theme for Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week 2022 is #HealthierHack, where the public and healthcare professionals are encouraged to share their healthier hacks on social media. These could include top tips like getting off the bus a stop earlier to get in extra steps, or swapping ice cream for fat free yoghurt. Join in and share your #healthierhacks with us, using our twitter tag @STWCCG.


The primary aim of Hands Together LUDLOW is to provide aid for the vulnerable in and around the town of Ludlow in Shropshire, recognising that existing charities and statutory agencies are increasingly under pressure themselves due to financial restraints.
 
We work through three parallel streams of activity:
1. Networking with existing providers,
2. Coordinating volunteers to provide short-term assistance,
3. Establishing projects to meet longer term needs.
Partnership working is foundational to the collaborative thinking behind all we do.

The following Charitable Purposes statement summarise the work of Hands Together LUDLOW:
• The relief of people in need by reason of youth, old age, ill health, loneliness, dysfunctional relationships, disability or financial hardship, living in Ludlow and the surrounding villages.

A secondary purpose, or method of achieving the primary purpose, could be defined as follows:
• The advancement of community development and the promotion of effective and efficient use of existing charitable resources by building a network of volunteers linking to caring agencies and local businesses in order to fill gaps of provision where they occur.

Healthwatch Shropshire highlights successes during challenging year

Healthwatch Shropshire played a vital role during the past year in keeping the public updated about the Covid 19 pandemic and the constant changes during the early days and weeks of the vaccination programme.  Its recently-published Annual Report 2020-21, highlights the charity’s successes as the team continued to listen to people’s experiences of health and social care services during this challenging time and shared the information with decision-makers.

During the year, Healthwatch Shropshire published 11 reports, based on information gathered through surveys and online focus groups, that included 139 findings and 40 recommendations for improvement.

The reports covered a range of issues including the impact of lockdown on access to services and general wellbeing; families’ experiences of end of life and palliative care of a loved one; and mothers’ experiences of mental health services during pregnancy and the first year of a child’s life. The Annual Report highlights the positive difference the information made in helping providers to improve services, including the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust that based the development of its new model for Maternal Mental Health hubs on information provided by Healthwatch Shropshire.  

Work has also been carried out on social prescribing for 16-25 year olds, hospital discharge during the pandemic, and a digital audit of care homes websites.  

Vanessa Barrett, Chair of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “I am very proud of Healthwatch Shropshire during 2020-21. In common with every other organisation, we had to make radical changes to the way we work, but our small team rose to the challenge enthusiastically.”

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who is helping us put people at the heart of health and social care, including members of the public who shared their stories with us; our amazing staff and volunteers; local voluntary organisations that have contributed to our work; and the providers for listening to the public voice.”

 

The full report can be found at: https://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/news-and-reports

To find out more about the work of Healthwatch Shropshire and volunteering opportunities contact: 01743 237884

 enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.uk      www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk

Healthwatch Shropshire is the independent consumer champion for health and social care in Shropshire. It gathers the views and experiences of patients, service users, carers, and the general public about services including hospitals, GPs, mental health services, community health services, pharmacists, opticians, residential care and children’s services.  It also has statutory powers that it can use to influence service provision by encouraging improvements.

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