• Text size
  • A
  • A
  • A
Your spotlight on local services

Tel: 01429 288 146


Share This Content

Healthwatch Hartlepool News - January 2020


Healthwatch Community Engagement Events

Healthwatch Hartlepool are holding a number of community engagement events in January. Members of the public are invited to come along and tell Healthwatch about their experiences good or bad, of health and social care services.

  • The Annexe, Wharton Terrace, Wed 8th January, 10am-12 noon
  • Central Library, Thurs 16th January, 10.15am - 12noon
  • Headland Library, Tues 21st January, 1:15 pm– 3:15pm
  • Hartlepool Hospital, Mon 27th January, 10am -12noon
  • ORCEL, Wynyard Rd, Every Wed 10am - 12noon

Young Carers Awareness Day raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them

Young Carers Awareness Day is an annual event, led by Carers Trust, and is taking place on 30 January 2020.

Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.

Through the Count Me In! campaign Carers Trust is calling on compulsory education providers to do more to proactively identify young carers and to ensure that they receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Get involved on social media with #CountMeIn and #YoungCarersAwarenessDay

For further information and queries about the day please get in touch with the Carers Trust on;
Tel:03007729600 Email: info@carers.org

Or if you are a carer in need of support please contact
Hartlepool Carers, 19A Lowthian Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8BH
Tel; 01429 - 283095

Improved NHS migraine care to
save thousands of hospital stays

Headache and migraine sufferers will benefit from better diagnosis and care as part of the NHS Long Term Plan to improve local health services, avoiding up to 16,500 emergency hospital admissions every year.

Around 10 million people aged 15-69 in the UK suffer from migraines, which are classified as a disabling illness, while headaches are amongst the most common neurological reasons for attending A&E. The number of admissions to hospitals in England for headaches and migraines has increased by 14% over the last five years, NHS Digital data shows, from 95,548 emergency admissions in 2014/15 to 108,711 emergency admissions in 2018/19.

At the same time, around 2.5 million primary care appointments are linked to headaches and migraines, around 100,000 of which are referred to hospital for further assessment. In total, it is estimated that the NHS spends around £150 million per year on treating migraines and £250 million on care for headache sufferers. The cost to the wider economy is even higher, with around £4.4 billion a year lost to three million migraine-related sick days.

Hugh McCaughey, NHS National Director for Improvement, said:

“Headaches and migraines can place a heavy burden on sufferers, the NHS and the wider economy, but we know that there are local health services which are doing really well in meeting people’s needs early in the community, and therefore reducing the need for hospital care.

“As they work with staff, patients and local partners to implement the NHS Long Term Plan, this initiative will provide all local NHS leaders with the information and proven ideas they need to deliver high-quality headache and migraine services to every communities.”

Developed by clinical experts in the NHS and the Neurological Alliance, the NHS Right Care Headache and Migraine Toolkit could help prevent 16,500 emergency hospital admissions every year if every local health group matches the performance of the best performing areas with similar populations to their own.

This will be achieved through:
• Improving the identification and diagnosis of headache disorders in primary care;
• Supporting better decision making on referring people to hospital;
• Providing patients with the guidance they need to self-manage their condition after diagnosis, and;
• Planning long-term care and treatment, including medication, in a more personalised way.

Practical steps in use in some areas of the country which should now be rolled out include using headache diaries for patients to help them record the frequency and pattern of their attack, and developing support hotlines for GPs and their teams to access specialist advice. Those who need long-term care should also be given expert advice on avoiding attacks, including the risks and signs of medication overuse, as well as the chance to develop a personalised care plan that accounts for their work and lifestyle factors, as well as any additional health conditions and risks which may be playing a part.

‘Slim chance of success’ with quick-fix diets, warns England’s top

As people start to think about making New Year’s resolutions, England’s most senior doctor has today warned against trying quick-fix diets and high street remedies that are “too good to be true”.

After festive excesses, many people try to turn over a new leaf with pledges to lose weight, exercise more and drink less in a bid to beat the bulge, and the NHS is offering top tips to people to help them achieve their new year health goals.

NHS medical director, Professor Stephen Powis, says it’s right to try to get in shape, but warned people to avoid turning to fads including diet pills, ‘tea-toxes’ and appetite suppressant products, which are at best ineffective and sometimes can be harmful.

The medic’s intervention follows calls earlier this year for social media firms to crack down on influential celebrities posting misleading ‘get fit quick’ adverts, prompting Instagram and Facebook to restrict endorsements of risky products. Products claiming to help people lose weight quickly while reducing appetite and fatigue can in fact have damaging side effects including diarrhoea, heart problems and even lead to unplanned pregnancies by interfering with oral contraception.

With one in four young people saying their appearance is their top concern, Professor Powis has warned that easy availability of quick-fix products online and on the high street – including buy one get one free offers – could play on people’s body image anxiety.

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS medical director said:

“It’s always a good time to try to get in shape, and new year’s resolutions are a great time to make a change, but the reality is there’s a slim chance of success with diet pills and detox teas – and people could end up doing more harm than good.

“Making new year goals and shifting a few excess pounds after Christmas can be a good idea but is much easier to maintain when done gradually and safely.

“Alongside cutting-edge treatments and improved access to care, the NHS Long Term Plan is helping people to stay in control of their own health, including the revolutionary Diabetes Prevention Programme which helps people to lose weight safely, while NHS.uk has helpful tips, including a 12-week weight loss plan, alongside recommended apps to help boost fitness.”

Below are some of the most common New Year health resolutions.

  • Lose weight: get practical tips to lose excess weight, including getting started, healthy food swaps, and our 12-week weight loss plan
  • Quit smoking: we’ve got all you need to help you achieve your goal to stop smoking, including the free NHS Smokefree app
  • Get active: boost your fitness with fun and practical ideas to help you get into shape, including Couch to 5K, Strength and Flex and the NHS Fitness Studio
  • Drink less alcohol: calculate your units, get tips on cutting down, track your drinking
  • Eat more fruit and veg: whether you’re cooking for a family or eating on the go

The Dementia Advisory service based at The Bridge, Villiers Street, Hartlepool, are holding various events in January including;

Dementia awareness sessions

Friday 17th Jan - 2pm
Each of the sessions lasts approximately 45 mins. To book a place please contact The Bridge, 01429 - 868587

Memory Lane Café
Friday, 10th January

Salvation Army Hall, Park Road, Hartlepool; 12 noon until 3pm
Our café provides a unique opportunity for carers and people living with Dementia to continue with their social life in a relaxed and formal setting. A care support team will be on hand to provide emotional and practical advice

Entertainment is provided and there will also be a speaker at the group, Light refreshments and lunch are provided so why not come along and find out about services available to you.
Young Onset Dementia Support Group Friday 31st Jan - 10am - 11:30am - for people living with dementia to share their thoughts to influence the community to be more dementia friendly

Memories in Tune - come and join in for a sing-song down memory lane, light refreshments provided, Dementia advisers will be available for advice and support;
Every Thursday at Laurel Gdns, Marlowe Road, Hartlepool, TS25 4JN

Our Voice Matters 13th January - 2pm till 3:30pm is a group of people living with dementia who are sharing their thoughts to influence the community to be more dementia friendly

50+Forum Meeting

The next 50+ Forum meeting is taking place on the 8th January at 1:30pm at St Josephs Court Sheltered Housing Scheme, Victoria Road, Hartlepool. For further information please contact Healthwatch Hartlepool on 01429 - 288146
Unhappy with your NHS treatment or care?

On the third Wednesday of every month 9.30am - 12pm, your local I.C.A Advocate will be at the Healthwatch Hartlepool Office, the ORCEL Centre, Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, TS25 3LB.
This service is by appointment only.
Please call 01429 - 288146 or
Freephone: 0808 802 3000
For further information please visit; www.carersfederation.co.uk
Email: ica@carersfederation.co.uk

Future Healthwatch Meetings:

Acute & Elders; Tuesday 14th Jan 10am - 12noon, at the Belle Vue Centre, Kendal Rd, Hartlepool, TS25 1QU
Primary Health & Social Care; Tuesday 11th Feb 10am - 12noon, at the C.E.T.L Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, TS25 4AF


Have Your Say

Let us know exactly what you think of Health & Social Care provision in Hartlepool