Category: Health

Save our Sure Start protest comes to Eastleigh

A peaceful protest turned noisy in Eastleigh as activists took to the streets chanting “Save our sure start.’ The protestors are worried that many sure start childrens centres across Hampshire, including one at Eastleigh will face closure if proposals to streamline family services go through. The current network of 54 local centres offering support and…

Eastleigh blood donors honoured

A group of dedicated blood donors from Eastleigh, including the town’s former MP Mike Thornton, have potentially saved more than 2,000 lives between them say the NHS Blood and Transplant service. The four blood donors from Eastleigh, who have collectively made 773 donations, were among those honoured for their lifesaving efforts with commemorative medals at a…

Scheme to fund public defibrillators goes live

Pic:Katatonia/Pond5 The British Heart Foundation has just launched a scheme to role out a nationwide network of life saving heart defibrillators thanks in part to the campaigning efforts of a local couple. There are more than 30,000 cardiac arrests in the UK every year and while currently only one in ten cases survive, the BHF…

Warning as New Flu strain beats annual jab

Respiratory experts at Southampton General Hospital have warned a strain of flu not covered by the seasonal vaccine is contributing to a significant rise in emergency hospital admissions. Dr Ben Marshall, a specialist in respiratory medicine, said the number of patients admitted with respiratory illnesses had doubled. Around half were found to have the influenza…

Moorgreen Hospital Stakeholder Group Launched

An energetic meeting took place at Moorgreen Hospital last week between various NHS service providers and campaigners. A third of the hospital site was transferred to the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) in April this year, for housing development, and a local campaign by Eastleigh Southern Parishes Health Action Group got over 2,200 signatures on…

Local Mum warns of ‘silent killer’ in homes

A Mum of two from Hampshire has warned of the dangers of carbon monoxide after a brush with danger last week. Potentially dangerous levels of the deadly gas were found in Louise Aspinall’s Chandler’s Ford home, even though her boiler was only two years old and had been recently serviced. “Ever since our boiler was…

Britain’s Best Pharmacist is in Bishopstoke

The small village of Bishopstoke might seem an unlikely setting to find Britain’s best pharmacist but Sultan Dajani , who runs Wainwrights chemist at Riverside, has just won the title in a competition organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in conjunction with Woman’s Weekly magazine. Sultan, also known as Sid to his customers, is just…

Local Dr brings life-changing eye surgery to Africa

Mercy Ships from Eastleigh News on Vimeo. A Southampton eye specialist has told Eastleigh News about his work on board a charity funded hospital ship as part of World Sight day. Every year Richard Newsom – a consultant ophthalmologist at Southampton General hospital – gives up two weeks of his leave to sail to the…

Town centre Air Quality zones extended

The Council is seeking views from local people on how the air quality in Eastleigh town centre can be improved. A council spokesman said: We have been monitoring air quality across the borough since 1990 and have recently declared an extended Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for Eastleigh. This AQMA is where the air pollution from…

Botley gets public defibrillators

Two cardiac defibrillators just installed at Botley can be accessed by the public in an emergency at any time The first of two Botley Parish Council funded ‘community Public Access Defibrillators’ (cPADs) is now ‘live’ at The Botley Centre and listed with the 999 emergency services. Hundreds of people use the site every week for…

Local Health Chief in public focus event

Eastleigh folk will get a chance to question a local health chief and listen to a talk by a specialist in the treatment of blood clots and heamophilia during a “Health Focus Event” at Fleming Park next week Health Focus events are an opportunity for the local community to meet and ask questions of the…

Police Commissioner to host mental health webchat

  Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, will host a live webchat to support and raise awareness around mental health and wellbeing issues today as part of National Mental Health Awareness Week. The webchat will take place this evening, Thursday, May 15 between 6 and 7pm as part of the week long national event,. The…

Seriously ill may have further to travel

Seriously ill patients from Eastleigh, suffering from acute medical emergencies like stroke or heart attack, will have to travel further for treatment in future under proposals being considered by Hampshire Hospitals the Chief Executive has confirmed. Plans are being drawn up to relocate major trauma services away from the Royal Hants County Hospital in Winchester…

Free diabetes screening finds 94 potential sufferers

Just over half the people screened in Eastleigh’s town centre by Diabetes UK last week have proved to be at moderate or high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and have been referred to their GP. A mobile roadshow parked in the precinct screened 185 people over two days. Of those screened 94 (51%) have…