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Blue Badge pilot scheme made permanent

The disabled person’s parking badge pilot, which was launched in April 2016, has been made permanent by the Scottish Government.

The eligibility criteria were revised and extended under a pilot to allow carers and relatives of people who pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic to apply for a disabled person’s parking badge, provided they meet the criteria.

The Transport Scotland Blue Badge Working Group, established in 2015, has been evaluating the pilot and put forward recommendations that the extension should be made permanent, which has now been agreed.

OPAL can help you apply for a blue badge and provide guidance on how to do so but for more information on the rules and regulations around their use, please visit www.mygov.scot/apply-blue-badge

Full article available on Transport Scotland.

NHS: Christmas Service Guide 2017-18

Know Which NHS Services Are Available Over the Holidays With Your Festive Guide.

The booklet is also distributed across GP surgeries, health centres, clinics, pharmacies, dentists and opticians and includes vital information including the opening hours of pharmacies throughout the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and advice on how to access a GP when surgeries are closed.

The guide also reminds the public that four Minor Injury Units (MIUs) all operate between 9am-9pm throughout the holidays:

  • New Victoria Hospital
  • New Stobhill Hospital
  • West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital, and the;
  • Vale of Leven Hospital

These are suitable for a range of minor physical injuries for adults and children aged five and over.

Contact information regarding the wide range of out-of-hours services including those staffed by GPs is also comprehensively covered. Click the image below to access the document.

 

NHS 24 Annual Review: Members of the public welcome

NHS 24’s Annual Review will take place on Monday 18th December 2017 at the; Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Beardmore Road, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA from 2pm to 4pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the event.

If you do wish to attend, please contact NHS 24 in advance advising them if you have any access or communication requirements.

You can contact them by email at david.morrison@nhs24.scot.nhs.uk or by telephone on 0141 337 4532.

 

Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service – East Dunbartonshire sessions

Every minute of every day someone receives blood as part of a life-saving or life-enhancing treatment. One pint of blood could save up to three people’s lives, however, only 5% of the population are active donors.

The key priority of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is to ensure that the NHS has enough blood to meet the needs of patients in Scotland.

Blood has a relatively short lifespan and the aim is to have at least six days’ worth of all eight blood types in stock.

Here are details of local East Dunbartonshire sessions you may be able to attend:

 

Date Location Time
28 December 2017 Cadder Freestone Social Club, Bishopbriggs 4pm-7.30pm
31 January 2018 Garrell Vale Community Education Centre, Kilsyth 5.15pm-7.30pm
1 February 2018 Lenzie Union Parish Church G66 4LD 4pm-7pm
5 March 2018 Killermont Parish Church, Rannoch Drive, Bearsden, G61 2LD 2pm-3.45pm & 5.15pm-7.30pm
8 March 2018 Milngavie Town Hall G62 8BZ 2pm-3.45pm & 5.15pm-7.15pm

 

Most people aged between 17 and 65 who weigh at least eight stone and are generally fit and healthy can donate blood.

For more information visit scotblood.co.uk or call 0846 90 90 999.

Implementing FIT – Scotland’s New Bowel Screening Test

Implementing FIT – Scotland’s New Bowel Screening Test

Currently 1 in 2 people survive bowel cancer for more than 10 years; Cancer Research UK is working to make that figure 3 out of 4 people by 2034.

We can do this if we continue to detect cancers early and one way to do that is through participation in screening programmes.

 

The national bowel screening programme currently detects around 6% of all bowel cancers in Scotland and 63% are detected are found at stage 1 which means a better chance of survival.

 

The new test was introduced to the Greater Glasgow & Clyde board area on 20th November 2017.

This is what you need to know:

  • The test is used to detect human blood in your faeces
  • It is more effective than before and requires just one sample making it much easier to do
  • The kit is still sent out by post to anyone aged between 50 and 74 years every two years
  • Replacement kits may be requested by calling 0800 0121833
  • Test result letters should be received within 2 weeks

 

To see how to complete the new test and find out more please click on the link below for a (very) short film telling you everything you need to know:

Please Click To Watch

For more information or access to promotional materials please contact Mandy Ferncombe, Health Improvement Practitioner at mandy.ferncombe@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or 0141 355 2400

University of Glasgow – Stroke Research Advisory Group

 TREATMENT BURDEN IN STROKE PROJECT

Research Advisory Group

A Guide for People Thinking about Getting Involved

 

What is the Treatment Burden in Stroke project?

There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK and 9 out of 10 are living at home six months after their stroke. This research project aims to develop a questionnaire to measure the difficulties that people with stroke may face when managing their health in Glasgow.  We are based at the University of Glasgow in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. The Research Advisory Group for the project will help to improve the design and undertaking of the research project and give the researchers support. It will be a mix of stroke survivors and health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and therapists. The group will be friendly and welcoming.

 

If I get involved what will I be doing?

You will join the group as a volunteer stroke survivor representative to advise the researchers carrying out this project. We want your view of research topics and your practical suggestions about how to improve the research project, from the perspective of someone who has suffered a stroke.

 

What skills do I need?

Everyone will bring different experience and skills. It is important that you are interested in finding ways to improve treatments and health. You must have enthusiasm, and be willing to speak up about your views.  You will have experience of stroke.  You don’t need medical or scientific expertise – other members of the group have that.  What you bring to our group is a member of the public’s point of view, for example, what it’s like to manage your health after a stroke.  If you have skills such as web design, marketing, writing or scientific knowledge; we’d be delighted to hear about them, but these are not needed. The aim is to make sure that research is carried out in the best interest of patients’ and that it meets the needs of the public who then get a proper chance to hear about the results.

 

Do I need to attend meetings?

It’s often good to go to meetings so you can meet the other folk face-to-face, but this is not always possible. You may be working or have childcare commitments, or you may live far away; so we can keep in touch with you by email or telephone.  There will be about twelve members in the group: five stroke survivors; a stroke consultant; a GP; a stroke nurse; a physiotherapist; an occupational therapist; a speech and language therapist; and a psychologist.  We welcome all stroke survivors, including those with physical disabilities. Those with aphasia and those that use a wheelchair are welcome. The group will meet approximately twice a year in Glasgow.  Travel costs will be reimbursed at the meeting and tea /coffee provided.

 

What can I expect from the Research Advisory Group?

  • We’ll only ask you to do things you’re comfortable with and feel you can deliver.
  • We’ll help you find a role that suits you.
  • We’ll give you plain and clear information.
  • We’ll send information in plenty of time.
  • When you’re going to a meeting, you’ll be told what the meeting is for and what is on the agenda in advance. You‘ll be told who will be there and what is expected of you. After the meeting you should be asked to comment on the experience.
  • You may claim for travel to meetings and other agreed expenses.
  • You’ll be offered training and support if you need it.
  • You’ll be told about the difference your involvement has made.

 

 

What will the Research Advisory Group expect from you?

We hope you will

  • Play an active role in discussions.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information discussed.
  • Communicate effectively, in person or by email.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Let us know as soon as possible if you can’t do something you’re asked to do.
  • Feel able to give feedback about your involvement.
  • Tell us if you want to step down.

 

Interested?

If you want to find out more about becoming involved please email katie.gallacher@glasgow.ac.uk or phone on 0141 330 8323

NHS GGC – Carers Act

Information from East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership:

The Carers (Scotland) Act has a number of responsibilities that Health Boards and Local Authorities need to put in place by April, 2018.

The Act will ensure carers and young carers are identified and supported so they can continue to care if they wish to do so. One completed area of work in NHSGGC is the new resources that aim to increase awareness of support for carers.

These resources were launched on Carers Rights Day last Friday. Carers Rights Day aimed to help carers understand their rights and how to get help and support they are entitled to. We would like to thank carers, patients, health and social care staff and carer support services who helped in its design.

If you require more information on this subject, please contact 0141 955 2131 or 0800 975 2131

Road Safety Week 2017

A road safety charity is calling for action to cut speeding after figures showed more than 9,700 people were injured and 159 killed on Scottish roads in the year to June.

Brake is making the call as part of Road Safety Week after other Scottish Government figures, published earlier in the year, showed a 14 per cent rise in road deaths in Scotland during 2016 compared with 2015.

There were 191 fatalities on the country’s roads in 2016, 23 (or 14 per cent) more than the previous year.

New analysis by Brake found that exceeding the speed limit was a major factor in 291 crashes in Scotland last year, a rise of over a quarter (26 per cent since 2013.

Travelling too fast for the prevailing conditions contributed to 510 crashes during 2016, Brake said.

Provisional statistics from the Department for Transport found that 9,705 people were injured and 159 were killed in crashes on Scottish roads in the year to June 2017.

The charity is now calling for the introduction of a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas, increased police enforcement and Intelligent Speed Adaptation, which helps drivers stay within the speed limit, to be fitted as standard to all new vehicles.

Full article available on Scotsman website

or more information on the Brake charity website

Combat diabetes: 8 ways to control your blood sugar levels

Diabetes is the general term used for conditions which lead to an increase in glucose levels in the blood. With a proper diet and lifestyle change, you can control your blood sugar levels and combat this dangerous disease. Consider and follow these 8 tips;

Family history of diabetes: You inherit a predisposition to the condition and then something in your environment triggers it, especially if there is a history of obesity. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger connection to family history and lineage than type 1, however, with proper diagnosis on time it can be kept under control.

Lifestyle modification: Sedentary habits, eating more junk and fatty food, aerated drinks, and erratic meal habits – all contribute towards the risk of having diabetes. Every extra hour of sitting increases risk of having diabetes by a fifth, warns the doctor. So, by an intensive lifestyle modification, adopting of healthy diets and increased physical activity, type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Obesity: Gaining weight may make you susceptible to diabetes. As doctor suggests, try to maintain ideal body weight, that is to keep the BMI less than 22.9 Kg/m2 and waist circumference to less than 90 cm in male and 80 cm in females. Get rid of excess weight through a regimented diet and exercise plan. There are no shortcuts to lose weight. Weight loss and a good diet can even reverse pre-diabetes.

Food habits and balanced diet: Eating at right time, an appropriate amount of a balance carbohydrates, fats and proteins with fruits is essential. Not going on an empty stomach for long hours and not missing the meals are important. Studies have shown that missing breakfast increases the risk of developing diabetes. Replace heavy meals after prolong gap with small healthy snacks to munch on. Try to replace your normal rice with brown rice and refined flour with whole grains.

Exercise regularly: From a brisk walk to yoga, exercise daily for at least for 30 to 45 minutes. Sedentary habits are contributing in a big way to increasing incidences of diabetes. Also, taking a break from exercise could up the risks. So make sure to take small breaks in between your work.

Adequate sleep: Not just food and exercise but proper rest is also very important. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every day is a must as our body rejuvenates itself during sleep by eliminating the toxins which accumulate during the time we are awake. Late nights and late mornings also up the risk of having diabetes and hypertension.

Manage stress: Stress has invaded every part of human life in today’s world. From kids to elderly, stress has become all-encompassing. With too much work and not active break or recreational activities that make us happy and content, we risk our selves to many diseases and diabetes is one of them. While this needs to be addressed at a higher level, it is essential that a person find ways to mitigate this stress.

Regular checkups: Regular blood sugar monitoring, essential intake of medicines and a review check-up with your doctors at regular intervals is must.

[Full article available on Indian Express website]

Pay & display increase parking availability in East Dunbartonshire

Pay & display parking meters have helped to boost the turnover of spaces in Bearsden, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie.

Charges were introduced in seven East Dunbartonshire Council car parks in July 2016, with the first two hours of parking free and then a sliding scale thereafter.

A report to the Council’s Place Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee has revealed the average daily turnover for each space in charge-levying car parks has increased from 1.2 to 4.6 – a rise of nearly 300%.

It means more spaces are available for shoppers and visitors to local town centres.

Councillor Jim Gibbons, Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said, “Car parks where charging has been introduced have shown significant improvements in turnover and customer access to our town centres. It’s good news for traders and we are continuing to look at ways of improving usage.”

At a meeting on Thursday (2 November) the Committee agreed to introduce the charging scheme in the Bearsden Community Hub car park and Kenmure Drive car park, Bishopbriggs – subject to the promotion of amendments to off-street traffic regulation orders.

Meanwhile, motorists are being asked to take extra care when entering car registration details into pay & display parking meters.

Vehicles parked in charge-levying car parks in Bearsden, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie must display a valid ticket between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday.

The first two hours of parking are free during those times, but you must still display a ticket with the correct registration details.

In cases where the wrong registration details are displayed, enforcement action is likely to be taken to prevent any potential misuse of the two-hour period of free parking.

Councillor Gibbons said, “Please take care when you are entering your registration details. The meters will check if the same information has been used previously that day, but they do not verify with the DVLA that it’s a valid registration.

“Council pay & display parking meters require drivers to type in correct vehicle details or there is a risk that enforcement action will be taken.”

Please note, cars parked outwith marked bays or in spaces designated for blue badge holders, motor cycles and electric vehicles, are at risk of enforcement action at all times.

* Blue badge holders properly displaying a valid badge do not have to obtain pay & display tickets in Council car parks with charges.

[Full article available on East Dunbartonshire Council website]

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