Dementia Friendly Film Screenings at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

From September 2016 Ludlow Assembly Rooms have been offering dementia friendly film screenings. Extending the welcome to all members of the public, they aim to create a warm,
enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere for those with dementia, their carers and family.
This includes; low lighting, slightly reduced sound levels, people free to move around and come and go as they please, refreshments and a 20 minute interval. Carers go FREE.

Please click on the link A Life More Ordinary dementia friendly film Jun17 – Jan18 for future screenings and information.

News from our Hospital Trust – Ensuring the best experience for patients being treated for cancer.

17 May 2017

The Trust which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals hit all of its performance targets for cancer waiting times in 2016/2017, figures revealed today.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, hit all of the targets despite the great demand on its services.

Dr Sheena Khanduri, Lead Clinician for Cancer Services, said: “We really can’t underestimate what a huge achievement this is and I hope it will reassure anyone referred to our hospitals with a suspected cancer diagnosis that they will receive prompt, effective, patient-centred care from staff who ensure our patients are at the heart of all they do.”

During 2016/17, 85.9% of patients received their first treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral (the target is 85%). GPs referred more than 20,000 patients with a suspected cancer diagnosis to SaTH during 2016/17, with 94.2% of these patients being seen with the two week wait standard of 93%. Furthermore, 95% of patients who required treatment for cancer following referral from a National Screening Programme were treated within the 90% target, while the majority of patients who needed chemotherapy (98%) or radiotherapy (94%) as a second or subsequent treatment received their treatment within the 31-day decision to treat to treatment target.

Kathryn Poli, Cancer Performance Manager at SaTH, said: “The Cancer Services Team works closely with colleagues to ensure all patients have access to timely cancer care at every stage of their treatment.

“To have hit all the targets is a fantastic achievement and our staff are to be congratulated for making it happen

“We will continue to work hard to maintain these standards while also striving to make further improvement in the future. The priority going forward is to continue hitting the target while also eradicating delays linked to capacity and reducing the number of patients treated after 104 days.”

Diabetes Week 11-17th June 2017

National Diabetes Awareness Week runs from 11th-17th June 2017. The message being promoted for this year’s National Diabetes Awareness Week is ‘know diabetes, fight diabetes’ which is encouraging the diabetes community to share their experience and knowledge of living with the challenge of diabetes.

In the UK, there are around 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes, with an estimated additional 549,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.

In Shropshire, more than 15,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes and around 100 people are diagnosed with the condition each month.

To find out more about diabetes, please visit Diabetes UK

For further information about healthy lifestyles including healthy eating, weight management and physical activity, visit the Healthy Shropshire website or telephone 0345 678 9025

New Shropshire All-Age Carers Strategy

A new strategy for carers has been launched to ensure carers of all ages get the right advice and support to improve their health and wellbeing.

The All-Age Carers Strategy for 2017-2021 was created in consultation with carers across Shropshire and the Family Carers Partnership Board a local multi-agency working group made up of various organisations across the county.

You can view the Strategy and Action Plan by visiting Shropshire Choices, and clicking the link on the page.