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New campaign offers patients green shoots of recovery

Just 10 days in a hospital bed can leave some older patients so weak they will lose the ability to look after themselves independently. So while a medical issue might have been solved during their stay, they could be left with a legacy of problems including not being able to walk to the toilet or even make a cup of tea. This is why physiotherapists at Gorseinon Hospital in Swansea are part of a new campaign to get patients moving as soon as it’s safe. Staff and patients are now taking part in the Love Activity Hate Exercise? campaign from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which designed the programme to counter the negative feelings some people have about exercise.

Find out more about the Love Activity, Hate Exercise? campaign from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 

World first at Cardiff and Vale UHB in new treatment for type 1 diabetes

The Clinical Research Facility at Cardiff and Vale UHB is the first in the world to dose a patient with a ground breaking new drug to treat Type 1 Diabetes. Cardiff is the lead site for this clinical trial and if successful the drug will regenerate insulin making cells in the pancreas so that patients are less reliant on insulin injections to manage their condition.

Read more about this new treatment on the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board website.

Cwm Taf is first in Wales to offer full body mapping for earlier diagnosis of skin cancer

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Christian Aldridge has worked with Melanoma UK skin cancer charity in securing a specialist piece of equipment for the health board that provides full body mapping which detects skin cancer earlier. The equipment called ‘FotoFinder BodyStudio ATBM’ accurately monitors mole changes in those patients with hundreds of moles. This is a significant addition to our armament towards fighting skin cancer, and more importantly, picking up changes early on

Read more about this new treatment on the Cwm Taff University Health Board website.

Powys Community Connectors go from strength to strength

Whilst Powys has a vibrant third sector, residents may not always be aware of the range of support in their community meaning that there are missed opportunities to maintain local independence and a risk of avoidable admissions or referrals to higher intensity health and care services which may be located outside the county. In response to this, Powys County Council, Powys Teaching Health Board and Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations have worked together to establish a ‘Community Connectors’ third sector service that works collaboratively and seamlessly to help support service users, their carers and families to improve their health and wellbeing, supporting people to live their lives to the best of their ability.

This is achieved by providing patients and staff the right information at the right time about community and third sector services available in each locality across Powys, that support people’s needs.

Find out more about the Community Connectors programme

ESOL + Health and Cancer Awareness Project in BAME Communities in Wales

Research has identified that people from BAME communities are less likely to participate in national cancer screening programmes. Evidence also supports lower levels of awareness of cancer signs and symptoms in these communities. The ESOL+ Health & Cancer Awareness in BAME Communities project began in May 2015. Initially started as a voluntary group, soon developed interest and enthusiasm. In June 2016, with the generosity of Velindre Cancer Centre’s Charitable Funds Committee, a working group was set up in partnership with Cardiff and Vale College & Public Health Wales.

Find out more about the resource.

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) Vehicles

July saw the delivery of the last 3 of the latest batch of replacement Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS) vehicles. The vehicles, which were designed in partnership with Trade Union partners and staff, were funded using an £8.2million investment by Welsh Government and were part of a programme that saw 67 NEPTS vehicles replaced along with 27 other Trust vehicles.

Read more about the upgrade for WAST vehicles.

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