24 January 2020
Our year in stats from the InformationNOW team; Max and Keira’s law and how it affects organ donation; recycle contact lenses and more …
Support for asylum seekers and refugees
My cycle, my mobility aid
Urban Green Newcastle
Cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment
Ask Your Pharmacist Week
Alcohol awareness week
Updates to articles, new organisations and events
Newcastle City Council is a recognised City of Sanctuary committed to welcoming people seeking sanctuary and helping to rebuild their lives. InformationNOW has published an article on support for asylum seekers and refugees based on information taken from the Newcastle Health Access Card (first edition October 2018) developed by Public Health, Newcastle City Council in partnership with the Regional Refugee Forum and Connected Voice -Haref.
Wheels for wellbeing is running a public information campaign aimed at raising awareness of bicycles as a mobility aid – they are not currently legally recognised as such. Amongst other things, disabled cyclists are being encouraged to take part in a social media campaign, using the hashtag #MyCycleMyMobilityAid, and to send in photos and stories as ways of raising awareness of when cyclist areas and mobility scooter areas do not coincide, so forcing disabled cyclists to dismount when they may not be able to walk.
InformationNOW has an article on self care and disability.
Newcastle Parks and Allotments Trust has launched its new brand and website. If you want to find out more about local parks, volunteering, events taking place or contact the allotments officer then visit Urban Green Newcastle.
The NHS Long Term Plan has a number of public health priorities. These include:
Whilst a number of cancers now have screening programmes, including bowel, breast, prostate and cervix, there are other cancers that haven’t achieved the same level of focus.
Screening means testing people for early stages of a disease before they have any symptoms. For screening to be useful the tests:
At present, there is no screening programme for lung cancer, but some parts of the country will be doing lung health checks from this month. NHS England are looking at using low dose CT (computer and x-rays) scans as a possible screening test for lung cancer for people who smoke and people who used to smoke. People have a higher risk of lung cancer if they are over 75 years, smoke and have been at risk from toxic substances. Air pollution is also a serious cause. Look out for a letter and help develop a screening test that works.
For help and support or to campaign for improved diagnosis and treatment, contact the British Lung Foundation.
Whilst there are plans for improved lung cancer diagnosis and screening, pancreatic cancer
has not received the same level of investment or strategy. Pancreatic Cancer UK seek your support to lobby the government to focus on pancreatic cancer. Their new campaign, Demand Survival Now, has been launched. Awareness campaigns do make a difference. In 2005 a lung surgery audit was made leading to double the surgeries made, followed by a lung cancer pathway that has saved lives. Join their campaign to make our UK government take action by investing in pancreatic cancer research and treatments.
Ask your pharmacist week promotes community pharmacies as the first place to call on for help with minor illnesses.
The key messages are:
Find out more about pharmacies on InformationNOW.
Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. This year Alcohol Change UK’s theme is Alcohol and me. The more you drink the more likely it is that alcohol will harm your health. To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. If you need help, support or advice for you or someone else, then you can contact Change Grow Live and PROPS North East.
Alcohol is England’s second biggest cause of premature deaths behind tobacco. 34 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women exceeded current consumption guidelines on at least one day in the last week. As part of the NHS Long Tem plan, hospitals with the highest rate of alcohol dependence-related admissions will establish Alcohol Care Teams, which could prevent 50,000 admissions over five years.
What can you do?
If you know someone who drinks excessively, you can support them by referring them to one of the agencies in Newcastle listed above or point them to these fact sheets:
Are you caring for someone with dementia? Would you relocate your family member with dementia to Thailand to receive adequate care? Between Worlds explores the outsourcing of dementia care from Germany, Switzerland, North America and the United Kingdom to Thailand.
Students at Newcastle University undertook research work in collaboration with social scientists at British Colombia University and Costa Compagnie, looking at the outsourcing of dementia care. This research has resulted in a performance piece being created which will be performed at the Northern Stage. After each show, there will be a discussion about the issues which are raised in the performance. See the trailer
You can order tickets from Northern Stage at £10 per person or if you quote Global you may receive 50% off depending on availability. If you are a carer and would like to attend you can request a complimentary ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: December 4, 2019