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5 Signs of Stress Not to Ignore

Between 2016 and 2017, over 500,000 employees in the UK were affected by work-related stress, with 12.5 million working days lost due to depression, anxiety and stress, according to government statistics. Stress is often described as the feeling of not being able to cope with the pressure of everyday life or a particularly difficult time in a person’s life. People who have suffered with work related stress report feeling overloaded, under serious pressure and are very emotional. Stress is a mental illness and can not only affect you on an emotional and mental level, but it can also affect your physical wellbeing. Those who are depressed, feel anxiety or are stressed tend to crave fatty and sugary food, are sleep deprived and don’t tend to look after themselves as much as they normally would. This can have a dramatic impact on the body and can even weaken the immune system, meaning you’re more likely to become ill and find it difficult to fight off infection. More serious conditions caused by stress can include high blood pressure, heart palpitations, cardio-vascular problems, migraines and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

With this in mind, here are 5 signs of stress that you should never ignore.

 

Problematic Skin

One of the first signs of stress that you can notice physically on the body and especially on the face is problematic skin. If you’re suffering from breakouts, blemishes, unexplained rashes or your eczema is becoming worse, this could be an indication that you’re suffering from stress. 

If you do notice breakouts, blemishes or problematic skin, you can use topical creams to help reduce the redness, irritation and damage to your skin, but you should also look at your daily life and routine and see if you can identify whether you may be suffering from stress, anxiety or depression.

 

Weak Immune System

If you find that you keep catching a cold or you can’t seem to kick a viral chest infection, stress may be to blame. Stress can cause you immune system to weaken, meaning that it is more difficult for you to recover from illness. The chemical reactions triggered by a stressful event or situation can cause stress hormones to be pumped around the body. These hormones can interfere with the immune system which can result in inflammation, reduced white blood cells which makes you more prone to infection and tissue damage. 

To boost your immune system while dealing with stress, you should eat a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables, take regular exercise and get at least 8 hours of sleep per night.

 

Anxiety

The NHS defines anxiety as the feeling of unease, worry and fear that can be mild or severe. It is quite normal to feel anxiety in your life, whether it be before a big exam, a job interview or a special event, but feeling anxious on a daily basis is a sign that you may be suffering from stress. This feeling can affect how you live your life, as you may begin to withdraw yourself from socialising, going to work or putting yourself in situations which you believe might trigger your anxiety. Anxiety can lead to panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety disorder. Often anxiety is caused by post-traumatic stress when you can experienced a particularly bad or painful experience recently or in the past. 

If you think that you’re suffering from anxiety, you can speak to your GP or family and friends who will be able to help you through this stressful time.

 

Shortness of Breath

Breathlessness can be a sign of stress, especially if you’re struggling to catch your breath without actually doing anything physically demanding. If you walk up a set of stairs and find it hard to catch your breath, this is quite normal, but if you’re breathless before leaving the house or while getting ready for work or to meet a friend, it sounds as though you may be suffering from anxiety or stress. Sometimes shortness of breath causes anxiety, while other times shortness of breath is brought on by anxiety. There are ways to deal with stress induced breathlessness such as taking up yoga or meditation, but to put your mind at ease, some people prefer to speak to their GP.  

 

Sugar Cravings

When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to crave sugary and fatty food and snacks to give yourself a quick burst of energy. This is because stress takes up a lot of energy from your body and makes you feel tired and lethargic. Whether you’re dealing with sleep deprivation, anxiety or suffering from a continuous cycle of colds and flu due to a week immune system, you will notice that you can’t help yourself from indulging in all matter of sweet stuff and junk food. If you notice that you’re eating a considerable amount of sweet fatty food, it’s time to look at your lifestyle and consider whether stress is an issue. 

 

Stress can affect people from any walk of life, at any age and at any stage in their life. It is not thing to be ashamed of, but left it can cause you serious health problems. If you think that you might be suffering from stress, anxiety or depression you should try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, seek help and support from family and friends and speak to your GP.

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5 Superfoods to Snack On at Your Desk in 2018

In 2018, switch your usual daily snacks for some more exotic flavours and ingredients and treat your body to five incredible superfoods. From the aromatic flavours of the Middle East, to fibre rich nuts and seeds, it’s time to transform your desk nibbles into something a little more exciting.

Maqui berries

Packed with antioxidants, Maqui berries are set to be a massive foodie trend for 2018. Not only are they delicious, they can help to regulate blood sugar levels, improve digestion and give your body a hit of antioxidants; perfect if you’re feeling a little worse for wear after a long weekend. Enjoy in a hearty bowl of low fat Greek yoghurt with a spoonful of honey.

 

Tiger nuts

 If you love to snack at your desk, Tiger nuts might just be the treat for you. A natural source of magnesium, they can help to relax muscles and aid stress. Rich in vitamin E and C, tiger nuts are thought to combat cholesterol and can be eaten whole. If you’re a vegan, tiger nuts are a fantastic natural substitute to dairy and can be soaked in water overnight and blended with vanilla to make tiger nut milk.

 

Moringa Smoothie

 If you jumped on the Matcha powder trend on 2017, you’re going to love the new superfood powder that’s about to transform our diets in 2018. Don’t be caught downing a Matcha latte at your desk when Moringa is the new superfood in town. Rich in Vitamin C, Moringa is a great powder to add to a morning smoothie as it is rich in antioxidants and may help to lower blood sugar levels, and cholesterol. 

 

Watermelon Seeds

 In 2018, watermelon seeds will be the hottest new topping for overnight oats, yoghurt and fruit bowls. You can eat them raw or roasted and you’ll be glad to know that they’re packed full of protein and vitamin B. Be careful though, as they are high in calories.

 

Za'atar Flatbread and Olive Oil

Middle Eastern flavours will be huge in 2018 and in particular the Lebanese spice Za'atar. More commonly known is other European countries as oregano, this spice is native to Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Palestine and Jordan. In the Middle East, Za'atar is savoured in the morning, when it is sprinkled onto flat bread with a drizzle of olive oil.

Switching your regular snacks to healthier alternatives or superfood treats can give you a range of health benefits.

 

 

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Obliterate Office Germs

It’s usually around this time of year when colds, sniffles and coughs begin to make their way into the office. From the odd sneeze from a member of your team to a full blown coughing fit from a member of the IT department, there is nothing worse than a room full of employees who would be better off tucked up in bed. How can you tackle the cold and flu season head-on in your workplace and reduce the need for time off work? Here are a couple of simple but effective ways of preventing an office full of ill employees this winter.

 

Antibacterial Hand Sanitisers

One of the best ways of stamping down the spread of office germs is to equip each employee with a desktop bottle of hand sanitiser. Once armed with antibacterial gel, your team will be able to clean their hands before eating at their desks and after sneezing or coughing as well as after moving around the office, which will help fight the spread of germs in the workplace. Hand sanitisers can cost as little as 50p per 100ml bottle, which fits nicely next to a desktop computer or laptop.

 

Wipe Down Desks and Keyboards

Keyboards, phones and laptops can quickly become contaminated, especially if used by several different individuals in the office. If people commute via public transport, germs can be transferred from buses and trains onto clothing and hands, then onto office equipment and spread throughout the work environment. To tackle this issue, it’s best to have desks, and the office itself, professionally cleaned and sanitised regularly. Having antibacterial wipes in the office will also help to encourage your team to clean their own desks every so often.

 

Educate Your Team on Basic Hygiene

It might seem obvious, but a lot of people are still unaware of the harm that not washing your hands properly can have on your health and it is worth putting on a basic office hygiene workshop to refresh people’s memories or educate them on the basics on preventing the spread of germs in the workplace. Providing your team with clear instructions on how to wash their hands properly, sanitise their desks efficiently and help to prevent themselves from getting ill, should help to reduce the number of sick days this winter.

Keeping your office clean and hygienic all year round is a team effort but with a little education and good workplace habits, you can help prevent the spread of germs and hopefully prevent your team from becoming ill this winter.

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New Healthcare Campaign to Prevent the Misuse of Antibiotics

700,000 people around the world die annually from drug resistant infections, the World Health Organisation has estimated. Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest global health challenges we are facing this century. The crisis can be slowed down, but it will take a major push from international healthcare organisations to delay the spread of antibiotic resistance. Countries such as Finland, Switzerland and Japan have launched creative public campaigns to raise awareness of the issue.

In Finland, an innovative game has been launched to educate the public on the misuse of antibiotics and vaccines. Switzerland have created a memory game which is promoted to healthcare professionals and patients in waiting rooms to help educate both parties on the emerging issue. 

 Here in the UK, a TV campaign has launched to urge patients to stop pressuring their GPs for antibiotics in order to prevent antibiotics from becoming in-effective. Keep Antibiotics Working, will warn people about the risks of taking antibiotics for minor illnesses and how this can cause serious medical complications if they develop more severe infections later in life. Approximately 5,000 people in England die each year due to antibiotic resistance and experts predict that this figure could exceed cancer fatalities within 30 years. 

 

 

Bacteria Developing a Resistance to Antibiotics

 Scientists from a Birmingham University have found, through a decade-long research project, that E.coli bacteria has developed a method to defend itself against two major antibiotics. Used to treat sepsis and local infections, the two forms of antibiotics are no longer an effective method to fight E.coli bacteria. E.coli, a major risk to hospital patients can causes sepsis if it is able to access the bloodstream but is also and more commonly associated with cases of food poisoning. The research comes as a stark reminder that excessive use of antibiotics can actually help bacteria to evolve and develop an antibacterial tolerance.

 

 

When Are Antibiotics Needed?

 Unfortunately for GPs and medical professionals, viral infections have very similar symptoms as a bacterial infection, so trying to determine whether to prescribe antibiotics or not, can be difficult. A lab test is the only way to have a definitive answer, but this can take up valuable resources.

 

 If you have a fever, chills or you’re shaking, you could have a bacterial infection, but these symptoms could also indicate that you have the flu. Your GP will need to assess your symptoms and whether it is likely that you have the flu or not, before prescribing antibiotics.

 

 Most viral infections tend to last a while and can develop into a more severe illness featuring bacteria. If you have been suffering for a couple of weeks, you will likely be prescribed a dose of antibiotics.

 

 The issue of antibiotic resistance is serious, but with public awareness and education we can also form a defence against this persistent health concern.  

 

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How Technology is Improving UK Healthcare

Technology is helping shape and mould the future of healthcare within the United Kingdom. Improving accessibility, communication and efficiency, new technological advances are helping to improve the quality of care that patients receive. Let’s explore some of the most recent developments in technology and artificial intelligence that are helping to improve the healthcare sector.

 

Instant Communication with Patients

Not a recent breakthrough in technology by any means, but GP surgeries and dental practices are finally using SMS messaging to directly contact patients. Considerable time and money could be saved each year if patients cancelled GP or dental appointments that were no longer needed, and now, thanks to the use of text messaging services, practices can contact their patients 24 hours before a scheduled appointment to give them the opportunity to cancel if required. The text message also acts as a solid reminder, for those who have booked an appointment in advance, and may have missed the appointment by simply forgetting to make a note of it.

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI)Diagnosis

Apps and artificial intelligence are leading the way in digital diagnosis, saving medical professionals precious time and money. There are new entrants to the market, founded with the aim of increasing accessibility of healthcare, providing a database of hand-picked medical experts who are able to be accessed by downloading an app. Rather than calling up your GP and booking an appointment,   access a medical professional or doctor from the comfort of your home can be provided enabling  a virtual consultation regarding your medical concerns by mobile device. The app can also arrange a prescription to be sent directly to your home address or to your local pharmacy. Combing AI and qualified medical professionals, patients can access instant help and support without the need to book and wait for a GP appointment. The app however has its flaws, and should not be used for emergency medical help or as a replacement to a physical examination and diagnosis.

Health trackers and fitness monitors are also being developed to improve patient health, and are set to save thousands of lives. . According to electronics consultancy Plextek, the use of such devices could cut NHS costs per patient by up to 60%.

 

Microsoft AI Software for the Health Industry

Tech giant, Microsoft are planning a new healthcare division at its research facility in Cambridge. Using artificial intelligence Microsoft plans include a monitoring system that has been specially designed to keep patients out of hospitals and provide alerts if problems occur. If the software is a success, it will dramatically reform the NHS, freeing up hospital beds for medical emergencies. With less strain on doctors, the quality of patient care will inevitably improve, as doctors will have more time to spend analysing a patient’s condition and discussing healthcare options.

 

Technology is clearly shaping the way to view and provide healthcare in the UK and, with further development, will hopefully save both the NHS and the private healthcare sector time and money. 

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Singapore to Host World’s Largest Workplace Health & Safety Congress

In 2017, Singapore will be welcoming over 3,000 international delegates from over 100 countries to attend The World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.

Held every three years, the event will take place in Marina Bay Sands, on the 3rd of September through to the 6th, and will highlight expert views on occupational health and safety. The congress has been organised by the Occupational Safety and Health Division, Ministry of Manpower and in conjunction with the International Labour Organisation and the International Social Security Association.

An international issue, occupational wellbeing is one of the most under-addressed workplace problems in the 21st century and only during such events, is employee health and safety finally put under the microscope.

The World Congress on Safety and Health at Work will provide a much needed platform for professional and medical opinions from around the world to be noted and heard by key decision makers such as government and public authorities who can implement such changes and even enforce them to improve employee wellbeing.

The event has been broken up into three main segments:

 

1.      Vision Zero- From Vision to Reality

Vision Zero aims to address injuries and poor health that is both directly and in-directly caused or made worse by an employee’s workplace or working environment. It calls for employers to focus on finding a solution to prevent such injuries and ill-health from occurring as often as they currently do.

 

2.      Healthy Work- Healthy Life

Healthy Work will discuss improving your team’s overall health and wellbeing and go into more detail about achieving a sustainable team. This is crucial as employees are adapting to a faster and more complex working environment, health and safety regulations and legislation will also need to adapt and change as required to support and protect employees.

 

3.      People-centred- Prevention

Joining forces to build an inclusive workplace for occupational Safety and Health. Supporting the sustainable efforts to promote, protect and educate people of all demographics.

 

Thought leaders and OSH practitioners will be both attending and speaking during the world congress to discuss their shared and global vision to improve the workplace environment and overall employee wellbeing. Speakers include the Minister of Social Affairs and Health in Finland, Ms Pirkko Mattila, Argentina’s Secretary Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Mr Ezequel Sabor as well as Dr Christa Sedlatschek Executive Director, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

For more information please visit http://www.safety2017singapore.com

 

 

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UK Healthcare announce sponsor partnership with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust

UK Healthcare have announced a  partnership with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust,which will see them sponsoring the disability suite at Bolton Wanderers Football Club for the 2017/18 season. The partnership will also include the provision by UK Healthcare of waterproof covers for wheelchair users using bays pitch side in other parts of the ground on match days.

The UK Healthcare Suite at BWFC’s Macron Stadium offers a way for those in wheelchairs to enjoy home matches in comfort; with heated wheelchair bays, a panoramic view of the pitch from its elevated vantage point, and easy lift access to and from the suite. The sponsorship means that the suite can continue to offer its services to fans with disabilities throughout the 2017/18 season; helping those who find it difficult to brave the elements in colder months to enjoy the matches in a warm and sheltered environment.

Phil Mason, Head of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust said, “We are delighted about this new partnership. It is supporting key work both at the Club and in the community that is real going to help make a difference to people’s lives. New provision for this coming season includes delivering a youth club specifically for those with disabilities, via the support of UK Healthcare. We are really looking forward to working with UK Healthcare over the coming season and are grateful for their tremendous support”.

Stephen Pugh from UK Healthcare commented, “We’re really excited about this new partnership and a significant reason why UK Healthcare wanted to get involved is the vital work being carried out in the wider community of Bolton by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust. We know that the Bolton Wanderers Disability Football Club offers people of all ages and abilities the chance to get involved with playing, and participation in the ‘Every Player Counts’ programme which is doing great things to help people with disabilities across the region to get all of the benefits of making active and healthy choices and being part of a team. We’re delighted to be a part of helping great projects like this to continue and expand.”

 For more information about UK Healthcare or this partnership, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information on the work and projects run by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, visit their website or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 About Bolton Wanderers Community Trust:

 The Bolton Wanderers Community Trust is a registered charity (no. 1090753) that uses sport and other positive activities to engage with the community throughout the Bolton area and help narrow the gap of disadvantage. Their work includes running sports activities for people of all ages and abilities. This includes summer kids’ football courses during school holidays to regular training, coaching and matches for adults and children with disabilities. They work alongside Bolton Council and a variety of other local and national organisations to deliver high quality community projects and services that can make a big difference in the lives of those involved.

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5 things you didn't know about physiotherapy

Many of us who haven’t experienced physiotherapy first hand, or simply don’t know a lot about it or what it involves, may be surprised at the complexities of physiotherapy and the range of treatments it covers. Some may assume it is a few stretches and exercises for those who have injured their muscles through sports – but it is so much more than that! Physiotherapy covers a wide range of treatments to help restore movement and reduce pain for people who have been affected by an injury, illness or disability.

As well as being used to prevent injuries in the future, typically, physiotherapy is used to treat the following:

  • Bones, muscles and joints, such as sports injuries, or back, neck and shoulder pain
  • The heart and circulation, such as rehab following a heart attack
  • The brain and nervous system, such as problems following a stroke or related to MS
  • The lungs and respiratory system, such as problems leading from cystic fibrosis

In addition to this, there are a facts about physiotherapy that you may not be aware of…

  1. Professional physiotherapy was first established at the end of World War I in Canada, in order to treat the thousands of injured soldiers. Many required help restoring mobility and functions due to their war injuries, and physiotherapy was the most popular treatment for soldiers during this time.
  2. Physiotherapy can be used as a treatment to help people suffering from vertigo. Vertigo is a condition caused by an infection in the vestibular system, which can make sufferers feel extremely unbalanced and dizzy, and physiotherapy is a common treatment – unbeknown to most!
  3. There are a wide variety of different types of physiotherapy, such as neurologic rehabilitation, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, wound care, orthopaedic care, and post-operative care – to name but a few!
  4. Physiotherapy requires patients to complete homework. A home program for those participating in physiotherapy sessions is vital in improving symptoms and working on certain exercises or movements in between appointments. Physiotherapists assign homework for patients in order to speed up recovery and to reach their desired results faster.
  5. Physiotherapy can be a treatment you are assigned through a referral by your doctor, as well as simply booking an appointment directly with a physiotherapist to discuss a problem you have been experiencing. Many people book a session with a physio instead of their GP to chat about an issue they have, and to decide if physiotherapy would be a beneficial option. It is a highly regarded treatment option within the medical profession – there are approximately 50,000 physiotherapists currently working in the UK.

 

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UK Healthcare donates £2,000 to Action Medical Research

UKH Foundation has proudly donated £2,000 to Action Medical Research, a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.

Despite the huge progress that has been achieved in medicine since Action Medical Research was founded in 1952, there are still hundreds of thousands of children in the UK today who are affected by disease and disability. However, surprisingly, child health research is underfunded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a vital job to do in helping fill this gap, and the charity is extremely well placed to do so.

They are funding more than 75 projects at leading hospitals, universities and specialist centres across the UK. The £2,000 donation from UK Healthcare will help Action Medical Research to continue supporting world-class researchers and clinicians in areas such as premature birth, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum conditions and some rare and devastating illnesses.

Jenny Edwards, Director of Fundraising at Action Medical Research, said: “We are grateful to UKH Foundation for the generous donation to Action Medical Research. With their support, we can continue to fund much-needed medical research to help save and change the lives of sick babies and children.”

If you are interested in helping to fundraise for Action Medical Research, they have various events happening over the next few months, including the Ride100 series and Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride on 25th June. For more information, visit the events page on their website.

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UK Healthcare proudly donates £2,000 to fund music therapy for dementia patients

UKH Foundation has proudly donated £2,000 to MHA to help fund music therapy for care home patients who are living with dementia.

MHA is one of the largest charities providing support and care for more than 17,600 older people in England, Scotland and Wales. It does this through community-based Live at Home schemes for people who live independently in their own home, retirement living communities and care homes.

MHA coordinated with Sounding Bowls, a company which creates hardwood bowls complete with strings to make music, who have been able to continue to work with residents at Beechville Care Home, Bolton, thanks to the donation from UK Healthcare. Appreciation and enjoyment of music is one of the last things that people living with dementia lose, and around 2,000 people in MHA care homes currently receive music therapy.

Music therapy for residents living with dementia has been known to be particularly effective as a part of their ongoing care and support; music itself is something that those suffering with dementia particularly enjoy and remember for a significant period of time. Music seems to connect with parts of a dementia sufferer’s brain which other forms of communication cannot reach.

The music therapy brought to the residents at Beechville Care Home is free of charge for those who take part, and sounding bowls are particularly ease to use, as the residents living with dementia may not have the dexterity for more advanced musical instruments. As a result, the process is simple, and the residents enjoy the process as much as possible. The bowls can be used in one to one and group therapy sessions, to make residents feel as comfortable as possible.

Find out more about MHA and Sounding Bowls by visiting their websites to discover how they help dementia sufferers, and how donations like the one made by UKH Foundation can help to fund their ongoing support.

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UK Healthcare proudly donates £5,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

UKH Foundation is proud to announce a recent donation of £5,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The donation will support the transformation and refurbishment of a new parent accommodation house, located close to Great Ormond Street Hospital. Families with a child in intensive care will especially benefit from having this accommodation close to the hospital.

More than 50% of Great Ormond Street Hospital patients come from outside of London, with many families travelling hundreds of miles to seek treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital. For these families, knowing they have a place to stay when they arrive is so important and with the hospital’s accommodation service already stretched, more accommodation is urgently needed.

UK Healthcare’s donation will be directed towards the creation of a new accommodation house located just 10 minutes’ walk away from the hospital, which will contain en-suite bedrooms and a communal living area with shared facilities. The new accommodation house is ideally located so that families can have some respite and time to unwind away from the busy wards while remaining close enough to return to the hospital at a moment’s notice. This accommodation house will provide a ‘home away from home’ for parents and carers from across the country.

 

For more information on the important work carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital every day and the support they receive from the charity, go to www.gosh.org.  

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UK Healthcare donates £3,395 to Caudwell Children

UK Healthcare has proudly donated £3,395 to Staffordshire-based national charity, Caudwell Children. The donation will allow the charity to purchase an oxygen concentrator, which will give disabled children who have low oxygen levels the opportunity to experience a dream holiday to Disney World, Florida.    

The charity, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, created its annual Destination Dreams holiday programme in 2007. The aim of the programme is to give 25 children with life threatening illnesses the chance to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime, overseas, trip.

Each year a number of the children selected for the holiday are either full-time oxygen users, require oxygen when they sleep at altitude on the aeroplane, or will be in need of emergency oxygen provision during the holiday. Unfortunately, the charity’s limited number of oxygen concentrators are coming to the end of their lifespan and need replacing.

Lisa Bates, Associate Director of Core Services at Caudwell Children, says the donation from UK Healthcare is vital in ensuring that those with oxygen needs continue to be selected for the holiday. As she explained: “Each child that travels on the Destination Dreams trip undergoes a professional risk assessment based on their medical condition.

“As part of this process the children need to obtain a ‘fit to fly’ approval from their consultant. For those with a respiratory condition this won’t be obtained unless oxygen is available for them on the flight. Whilst there are supplies on all commercial planes they only have the capacity to support two patients at any one time.  

“Clearly this doesn’t meet our requirements so the grant from UK Healthcare, which will allow us to purchase a brand new oxygen concentrator, is vital in allowing us to get ‘fit to fly’ approval for more children.”

The Destination Dreams holiday is unique in that those selected for the trip receive 24-hour dedicated medical support from a team of specialist paediatric doctors and nurses.

“We can’t thank UK Healthcare enough,” concluded Lisa. “They have given us the ‘green light’ to take more children, who require oxygen provision, to Florida. The concentrator that they have funded will support up to 125 children over the next five years, the lifetime of a concentrator, and that’s priceless.”

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UKH Foundation proudly donates £2,500 to Lucy Air Ambulance

We are pleased to announce that UKH Foundation has donated £2,500 to Lucy Air Ambulance for Children. Every transfer provided by Lucy Air Ambulance for Children costs £7,000 overall, so the UKH Foundation donation will go towards their next air transfer.

Established in 2010, Lucy Air Ambulance for Children supplies fixed wing air transfers for seriously ill babies and children in the UK who are in need of a planned transfer service. They do so by working very closely with the NHS and their air charter partner Capital Air Ambulance, and the service is provided to the families of the children involved at no cost.

Providing private and free air transfers to seriously ill babies and children up to the age of 16, Lucy Air Ambulance for Children receives no ongoing government grants or funding, and no National Lottery funding. The charity relies entirely on the generosity and kindness of supporters and fundraisers to provide their life-saving services, with all money received going towards the next air transfer.

For parents and guardians, having a seriously ill baby or child is an extremely overwhelming and stressful experience, which can cause a great deal of uncertainty and make parents feel out of control and unable to help their child. In some cases, children are too ill to be able to handle a long journey by road ambulance; in these situations the quickest and safest way to transport your child is by air ambulance. Lucy Air Ambulance for Children provides air transfer to either a more specialised unit or to a hospital closer to home.

 

If you would like to find out more about Lucy Air Ambulance for Children, you can visit their website by clicking here

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UKH Foundation proudly donates £2,500 to the Meningitis Research Foundation

 

 

THE UKH Foundation has proudly donated £2,500 to Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) to support the charity’s free helpline and support service. The helpline is a vital resource for families and individuals affected by meningitis or septicaemia. To find out more about the helpline, click here.

 

MRF funds vital scientific research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, as well as raising awareness of the diseases and supporting those affected. MRF estimates that there have been on average around 3,200 cases of meningitis and septicaemia every year in the UK. They are deadly diseases that can strike without warning, killing one in ten, and leaving a quarter of survivors with life altering after-effects ranging from deafness and brain damage to loss of limbs.

 

Not only does MRF spend almost £1 million a year in the UK supporting those affected and providing free information to the public and healthcare professionals; the charity has also invested over £18.9 million in vital scientific research. Since the charity was founded in 1989, it has awarded 156 research grants.

 

MRF Head of Support, Rob Dawson said, “We are very grateful to UK Healthcare for this generous donation. We rely on donations to provide all of our vital services. The funds will help enable us to keep the helpline and support service running.”

 

MRF has recently launched their Stop The Spread campaign, to encourage young people in the UK to get their MenACWY vaccine to protect themselves against a deadly strain of meningitis that is spreading among students - the MenW bug. By getting the free MenACWY vaccine from their GP, young people will be protecting themselves against four strains of meningitis and helping to stop the spread of the bacteria to others. For more information, click here.

 

To find out more about MRF, you can visit their website by clicking here.

 

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UKH Foundation donates £2,500 to Teenage Cancer Trust

 

We are happy to announce that UKH Foundation has donated £2,500 to Teenage Cancer Trust to help support teenagers in the UK who are diagnosed with cancer. Approximately 7 people between the age of 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every day.

UKH Foundation was proud to donate £2,500 to Teenage Cancer Trust for all their incredible work in the North West; in particular, The Youth Empowerment Programme. The programme is a source of non-clinical support for young people who have been affected by cancer. This can include helping them to improve their social skills, giving them access to peer support, and connecting them with other young people that have been affected by cancer.

Being diagnosed with cancer at any age can be a daunting and heart-breaking situation to be in, but cancer as a teenager can make a young person feel very isolated and trigger a lot of questions. Teenage Cancer Trust’s Youth Empowerment Programme helps young people to regain a sense of normality, happiness and enjoyment at a very difficult time in their lives, as well as providing not just a support network, but a group of friends.

For more information on Teenage Cancer Trust and the incredible work that they do, you can visit their website here.

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UKH Foundation donates £5,000 to help improve palliative care for Merseyside cancer patients

We are pleased to announce that UKH Foundation has donated £5,000 to the charity North West Cancer Research.

The money will go towards funding dehydration detection equipment for terminal cancer patients in Merseyside to support research work at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool.

North West Cancer Research is the only independent charity funding world class medical research, helping improve our understanding of cancer and how to better detect, treat and prevent it.  The charity is uniquely placed to support to support local cancer research and care facilities here in the North West.

UKH Foundation’s donation will be put towards the cost of purchasing three bio-impedance analysers, which will support the palliative care needs of people in the Merseyside region, affected by advanced and terminal cancer.

One thing commonly experienced by terminal cancer patients in the very last stages of the illness is a gradual reduction in food and water intake and many patients eventually stop taking fluids altogether.

The new AKERN BIA 101 bio-impedance analysers can be used to conduct measurements of human body composition, including levels of dehydration. As a result, healthcare professionals will be able to better meet the needs of patients towards the end of their lives.

The equipment will be used at the Royal Liverpool NHS Trust Hospital and at the Marie Curie Hospice in Liverpool.

Cathy Scivier, CEO at NWCR, said: “North West Cancer Research is extremely grateful for the support of the UKH Foundation for this important research project. Whilst more people are living with and through cancer, it’s important to ensure sufficient resources are spent on researching and improving end of life care for cancer patients and our loved ones.”

North West Cancer Research has committed to funding more than £13 million worth of cancer research projects over the next five years at the University of Liverpool, Bangor University and Lancaster University.

 

More information on the lifesaving research North West Cancer Research supports, can be found here

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UK Healthcare donates £4,500 to Over the Wall

 

UKH Foundation has proudly donated £4,500 to Over the Wall, a charity providing free therapeutic recreation camps to help children with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their families.

Over the Wall launched in 1999, and since then many of the UK’s most seriously ill children have been able to go swimming, catch their first fish, dance in the sunshine, perform centre stage and create the memories of a lifetime. The charity also provides further support for siblings and parents, ensuring they are involved in a few events to create some fantastic memories as a family.

Over the Wall camps are held at numerous locations across the UK, with high quality care standards at the forefront of their priorities; each campsite has a team of Paediatric Doctors and Specialist Nurses running unobtrusive ‘Medsheds’.

During her time volunteering at an Over the Wall summer camp, one of the doctors told the charity: “The children have the time of their lives and they grow in confidence before your eyes. It's just brilliant to see, and there's all kinds of feedback from medical teams and hospitals about the difference it makes to their management of their condition, their frame of mind, their 'can-do' attitude.”

Kevin Mathieson, CEO of Over the Wall, said “As you can see, our camps really do transform the lives of children with serious illnesses, and we would like to thank UKH Foundation and Bolton & District Saturday Council for your much appreciated support which is helping us to change the lives of more young people. Once again, thank you very much indeed for your wonderful support!”

To find out more about Over the Wall, you can visit their website here

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Charitable donation to NARA The Breathing Charity helps to continue work in Greater Manchester

UKH Foundation has proudly donated £7,000.00 to NARA The Breathing Charity to support the fantastic work the charity continues to do throughout Greater Manchester.

For almost thirty years, NARA has gone above and beyond for those struggling with breathing difficulties, providing medical equipment, support, advice and information to people of all ages across the UK.

Through their Greater Manchester Community Care Programme, NARA works with doctors and healthcare professionals to be connected to people in the area who are in need of assistance. NARA consistently provides not only medical equipment to those who need it, but also the volume of support needed to improve quality of life.

Our donation of £7,000.00 will help NARA to assist more healthcare professionals and communities in the Greater Manchester area, as well as fund equipment to help patients self-manage their conditions. For those struggling with respiratory illnesses or associated conditions, this is a monumental step towards improving day to day life.

Ann Jiggle, Chair of Trustees at NARA, said, “We are a small but incredibly busy organisation relying on donations, so all of us at NARA are absolutely thrilled to receive such a generous donation from UKH Foundation.

Our first objective has been to address outstanding equipment requests in the area and will follow up with proactive support to GP surgeries we have identified as needing equipment to support the local community.

Without the financial support of UKH Foundation we would not be able to do so much of this so quickly.

All too often, we find many patients feeling isolated, trapped by their condition, housebound or confined to frequent visits to their local Hospital or GP surgery and it is for those people that we thank UKH Foundation for their absolutely wonderful support.”

When you sign up for a personal or corporate health cash plan with UK Healthcare, you are not just benefiting from a comprehensive health cash plan – you are also helping us to support many health-related charities throughout the UK. You can find out more about our health cash plans here, and read more about NARA The Breathing Charity by visiting their official site.

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World Malaria Day 2016

Also known as WMD, World Malaria Day is commemorated every year on the 25th April in a bid to promote global efforts to understand and control malaria. WMD is one of eight official global public health campaigns upheld by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Each is aimed at raising awareness for a specific illness or health problem. In terms of malaria, the statistics are shocking - across the world, more than 3 billion people in 106 countries are currently at risk of malaria. In 2012 alone, malaria caused approximately 627,000 deaths.

What is malaria?

Malaria is a parasitic infectious disease carried by mosquitoes. When a mosquito carrying malaria bites a human, the disease is spread from the insect’s saliva to the person’s blood. If malaria isn’t diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible after becoming infected, it can be fatal. The main signs and symptoms of malaria include:

  • A severe headache
  • A high temperature
  • Fever-like symptoms, including sweats and chills
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Aching muscles
  • Fatigue
  • A dry cough

Although these are the most common symptoms of malaria, not all of the above may appear. Sometimes, people only experience two or three of the most common symptoms, such as a headache, fever and vomiting. Malaria is mainly found in tropical regions such as large areas of Africa and Asia, Central and South America, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Middle East and some Pacific Islands.

How is malaria treated?

If you have been diagnosed with malaria it is vital that you begin taking your medicine immediately. Depending on where in the world you contracted malaria and the exact type that you have will determine the treatment you receive. If you were taking antimalarial medicine prior to contracting the disease, you will need to take a different form of medication after diagnosis. You will need to stay in hospital to be monitored – it is likely that medication will be distributed intravenously to begin with, followed by a course of tablets.

Every year on 25th April, World Malaria Day focuses on a specific theme. 2016’s theme is “End malaria for good”. For more information, visit the World Malaria Day website to find out how you can help to raise awareness. 

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World Health Day 2016

 

Each year World Health Day is held on 7th April, marking the anniversary of the World Health Organisation being founded in 1948. World Health Day focuses on a different disease or health issue every year in order to raise awareness and educate people on how to treat or prevent certain illnesses. This year, World Health Day 2016 is covering diabetes – one of the most common and serious diseases in the world. In 2008, an estimated 347 million people around the world were diagnosed with diabetes. It is estimated that by 2025 there will be approximately 5 million people with diabetes in the UK alone.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is lifelong metabolic disorder that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. There are two types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2 – with type 2 affecting approximately 90% of adults with diabetes in the UK.

Type 1 is when the patient is insulin dependent and is usually developed during childhood or as a young adult. Type 1 diabetes destroys pancreatic cells, and as a result no insulin can be produced, meaning glucose levels increase which can seriously damage internal organs.

Type 2 diabetes is far more common and is more prevalent in people who are overweight and over the age of 45. People who suffer from type 2 diabetes are no longer able to produce insulin and sugar builds up in their bloodstream. Type 2 is a progressive condition, meaning those who suffer from the disease may eventually need medication.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Feeling increasingly thirsty
  • Frequent urination
  • Feeling physically exhausted
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Frequent thrush or itchy genitals 
  • Blurred vision
  • Cuts and wounds taking a long time to heal

If you or someone you know is experiencing two or more of the above symptoms, visit your GP as soon as possible and express your concern.

How is diabetes treated?

There is currently no cure for diabetes, meaning if you have been diagnosed you need to carefully manage your treatment. If you have type 1 diabetes you will most likely need insulin injections in order to keep your blood glucose levels as normal as possible. If you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it is important to maintain a healthy, well-balanced diet and do an increased level of exercise. In many cases, those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight and should aim to lose 10% of their bodyweight in the space of a year in order to maintain their condition.

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