Category: Health

Free diabetes tests in town this week

The people of Eastleigh are invited to a Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow where they will find out if they are at risk of Type 2 diabetes and get valuable information about diet and physical activity. The roadshow, run by Diabetes UK in partnership with Bupa, will be visiting at the Corner of High Street and Leigh…

Care for yourself, say the BMA

A new poster campaign aimed at helping patients get the help they need this winter has been launched by the British Medical Association. The posters, distributed to all GP practices across the South West encourages patients to self-care , for example when suffering from colds or sore throat, rather than visiting their local GP or…

Flu hit Hospital restricts visiting

Wards at Royal Hants County Hospital Winchester have announced restricted visiting hours  following an outbreak of flu with vomiting and diarrhoea. Starting today and over the weekend visitors will only be allowed to visit for one hour between 6.30pm – 7.30pm only, to restrict the possible transmission of the bug and help prevent further cases.…

More free heart screenings for the young announced

A simple and quick ECG test could save the lives of the 12 apparently fit and healthy young people that die each week in the UK from undiagnosed heart conditions. That is the message from the leading heart charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). On 18 and 19 January 2014, CRY will be holding the second…

Mike Thornton supports Diabetes UK campaign‏

The regional manager for Diabetes UK has thanked Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton for his support. Diabetes UK is campaigning to reach the 7 million people in the UK who are at high risk of Type 2 diabetes and is urging people in Eastleigh to have their risk of the condition checked. The campaign, funded by…

Alastair named ‘Top Shot’ in Dad’s Sleepover

A group of Dad’s in desperate need of some ‘man time’ recently made their way to North Waltham (7 miles S.W. of Basingstoke) for Sebastian’s Action Trust’s first ever ‘Dads’ Sleepover’. The event was taking place at The Bluebells in North Waltham, a unique facility, purpose-built by the  Sebastian’s Action Trust, which offers respite holidays to very…

Young people to get free cardiac screening sessions

  A free cardiac health screening session for up to a 100 young people will be held at Fleming Park on September 10 thanks to campaigning by a local family. Eastleigh resident Claire Reed died suddenly in March this year aged only 22. Tragically, the otherwise healthy accountant had been married only five months. Her…

Charity says “Sunshine is good for your teeth”

The British Dental Health Foundation have claimed that the current heatwave may be beneficial for oral health. Dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, the British Dental Health Foundation say that a review of 24 studies spanning 60 years revealed vitamin D could reduce the incidence of…

Council urges residents to ‘stay cool’

With temperatures regularly  up to 30 centigrade during the day and remaining uncomfortably warm during the night, Eastleigh Borough Council is encouraging local people to take simple precautions to stay safe in the hot weather. Promoting the guidance from the Department of Health’s Heatwave Plan for England, the Cabinet Lead for Health, Cllr Cathie Fraser said;…

Beware of that ‘barbie’…

With sizzling temperatures forecast for the next few days,  people are being urged to be safety conscious around barbecues, especially when lighting them. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have recently issued a press release urging the public to take extra care when cooking outdoors this summer. Hants Fire & Rescue’s Community Safety Officer, Gary Elston…

“Its good to italk”, say Solent Mind

A local charity, Solent Mind,  is encouraging men to access online and telephone-based mental health support services, named italk. The italk service is provided via a partnership between the mental health charity, Solent Mind, and the Southern Health NHS foundation trust. In a recent press release, Solent Mind say that; With Father’s Day approaching, images…

Tragic bride’s memorial fund nears target

A charity fund set up in memory of a newly-wedded bride who died suddenly last month has almost reached its target of £4,000 just two weeks after it was set up. Claire Reed was  22 and had been married for only five months when she collapsed and died while out on a friend’s Hen party.…

“Healthcare cuts hurt homecare”, says MacLennan

The quality of elderly homecare services to get worse under coalition cuts, says the National Health Action party’s candidate for Eastleigh. Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report on home care services published today, Dr Iain Maclennan said: “This report found evidence that a quarter of homecare services are not meeting quality and safety standards. This…

PM agrees to Childrens Hospice funding

Professor Khalid Aziz, Chairman of Naomi House children’s hospice, today met with the Prime Minister and two neighbouring MPs to discuss funding for children’s hospices across the UK, and was delighted with Mr. Cameron’s response. Prof. Aziz was seeking a unified national model for children’s hospice funding in the UK and to put public funding of…